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CNN iReport Gets Major Relaunch As a ‘Social Network for News’

Since launching five years ago, CNN’s iReport has become the gold standard when it comes to traditional media companies utilizing¬† user-generated content. Thousands of videos, photos and stories that began as posts on the site have been featured on CNN’s networks. Today, iReport is making its largest evolution yet with a major relaunch, all in an effort to become a “social network for news.”

“Our hunch is that we could pull in more participation in stories if we create a more personalized experience of iReport,” Lila King, CNN’s participation director, tells TVNewser. “The guiding principle we have been operating by is that we make iReport a bat-signal for participation.”

iReport will still be seeking content from users, and select submissions will still be featured on-air, but at the core of the new site are features that have more in common with social networking sites than news sites:

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Dozens of Jobs Cut at CNN; New York, Atlanta, Washington, DC, Miami, LA Staffers Pink-Slipped

Breaking: Layoff notices are being handed out across CNN/U.S. today. Photographers, editors and other staffers in Atlanta, New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles and Miami are being let go. In all, at least 50 positions are being eliminated. As many as 12 staffers in the Washington, DC bureau alone, four of whom are longtime photojournalists.

CNN Senior VP Jack Womack writes in a note to staff that the cuts come after a 3-year analysis of the company’s work processes.

The CNN Library, which houses CNN’s archives, is centralizing in Atlanta. The library in CNN New York is closing, while there will be cuts in staff at the library in Washington, DC. New positions will be added to the CNN Library in Atlanta.

“As a result of these technology and workflow changes, CNN is reducing the number of media editors in our work force in Atlanta,” Womack writes, adding, “Some photojournalists will be departing the company.”

“We cannot begin to thank these individuals enough for their service to CNN. They leave with our respect and our sincere best wishes.”

Even with today’s cuts, CNN anticipates adding staffers in the New Year with overall staff levels at this time next year, around the same.

In a separate note to the DC staff, bureau chief Sam Feist announced the reorganization of the Live Production Unit which is seeing staff cuts today, and the posting of two new positions in the near future. “I realize that these transitions can be very difficult and create many questions,” writes Feist. “However, we believe that the changes we are making here in Washington and across CNN will make us even stronger going forward.”

The note from Womack after the jump…

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New Distribution System Holds Up CNN Newsource Stories

cnn-newsource081910.jpgTVNewsCheck has an interesting story regarding CNN Newsource, the cable network’s affiliate video service.

In a nutshell, many of CNN’s local affiliates, which typically run a number of CNN Newsource reports a week, have had to cut back dramatically. The culprit is a recent change in the video distribution system used by CNN.

Over the past several months, CNN has replaced its Pathfire distribution system with Bitcentral’s Oasis, a file-based system that many stations — primarily in small and mid-size markets — are not yet fully equipped to handle…

Station engineers say their problems are not necessarily with Oasis as a product, but rather with CNN’s rolling out the system without giving affiliates sufficient time to gear up and integrate it with other newsroom systems.

Update: CNN says it is addressing the issue, more after the jump.

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