Okay, not exactly “report for” CNN. But the network is now soliciting “iReport” stories about the presidential election with a “carrot” attached. The best of the user-generated video submissions will be featured on Anderson Cooper 360 and other programs. And there’s more:
20 finalists will be selected by a committee composed of CNN producers, iReporters and students from film schools and high schools across the country. Those 20 films will be posted to CNN.com, where the site’s users will vote to determine the winner of the CNN Audience Award. The finalists also will be judged by a panel of professionals from the television and film industry for the Festival’s Grand Jury Award. Winners of the CNN Audience Award and the Grand Jury Award will be invited to travel to Washington, D.C., during the Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009.
Videos can run no longer than 8 minutes and must be uploaded to CNN no later than midnight, Sunday October 12. So get started.