Thursday, May 17, 2007
News To Me
A tortoise bites a cat in South Africa. A guy videotapes it, e-mails the clip and within minutes, it’s front page on CNN.com for millions to see. And now the turtle needs an agent.

The Web has become a weird, wonderful world indeed, but who has time to sift through all the non-turtle related content? Who has time to watch hundreds of crappy videos, hoping to find something interesting?

Who? We do: the goofballs behind "News to Me", a new program coming to CNN Headline News on May 19. Hosted by Eric Lanford, NTM showcases the Web’s most outrageous videos, cool sites, blogs, vlogs and general worldwide weirdness.

But that’s just part of the equation. We want YOU to become a regular on the show. It’s pretty easy. Just log on to CNN.com/NewsToMe, follow the instructions, and show us what you got, be it serious, silly or surreal. Who knows? You too might end up as famous as a turtle.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Dodging the lumpy stuff
I-Reporters are proving once again that weather is a hot topic. While everybody else may just be talking about what’s in the forecast, I-Reporters are capturing it on digital, film, and video. When stormy skies dumped dime, quarter and even golf-ball-sized hail on parts of Colorado and Minnesota, they were there, shielding their cameras and getting the shots.

In addition to being a pilot, and self-proclaimed weather junkie, Jared Aicher can now add I-Reporter to his list of accomplishments. Not only did the Buffalo, New York, native capture the stormy weather in downtown Denver during a business trip Monday, he jumped in his car and followed it, sending us amazing shots of the flooding and hail.



Brian Byer probably didn’t expect to make I-Report a family affair as he videotaped golf-ball-sized hail pummeling his front yard when severe thunderstorms hit Duluth, Minnesota, on Monday. (Watch his video.) Eager to show us how large some of the chunks were, he asked his wife, Sharon, to take pictures as he scooped up handfuls of hail.

I-Reporters do more than shoot the breeze about the weather; they capture compelling images of it and share them with us.

See their storm pictures in the hail storm gallery.
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