CNN, like some other news organizations, is coming around to the idea of crowdsourcing: they’ve come up with the tag iReport, which simultaneously explains the premise and sneers at Apple’s lawyers, in this day and age something of a coup.
Each week, iReport designates a Pundit of the Week, and this week’s is Mary Beth Cox:
I think what I have to say is important. That may sound conceited, but the truth is, what everybody has to say is important, especially if they’re passionate about it. More people should make iReports. I work. I have kids. I can’t go to the Capitol or make phone calls to my legislator all the time. But I can take 20 minutes to make an iReport and say something that connects with somebody or starts a discussion.
I can personally vouch for her ability to do this sort of thing: she was an officer in our Neighborhood Association before her family relocated to Virginia, and once in a while she’d show up in a health-related segment on a local TV station, so being in front of a camera doesn’t scare her.
This is her profile page at CNN. I am reasonably certain that the occasional traffic I get from cnn.com isn’t due to any intervention on her part — I don’t think she’s looked at this site more than once or twice — but I’m always in the mood to promote friends and neighbors, even if they’ve long since moved away.