Tonight, I have a few items from Tuesday’s American Morning.
CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, broken his hand while covering the fires in California. Today, John Roberts talked to him about the injury. Dr. Gupta broke his hand in two places. The x-ray shows a spiral fracture of his finger.
Doctors placed two pins in his hand to help the fracture heal properly. Dr. Gupta is currently receiving physical therapy and expects to be back in the operating room in about 4 – 6 weeks.
While in New York, Dr. Gupta will host the network’s “Fit Nation Solution Summit” on Wednesday, November 14, at the Time Warner Center in New York City. Together with special guest former President Bill Clinton, wellness experts, watchdog groups and community activists, the panel will discuss strategic ideas and initiatives to address the nation’s obesity health crisis. More information about the event is available from the CNN Press Release.
Veronica De La Cruz reported on CNN’s new Second Life (SL) news hub that recently opened. Ali Velshi and she were at the SL CNN hub this morning. Below is a clip from the report:
I’m not exactly sure how Ali Velshi ended up with no clothes in SL.
I ventured into SL earlier today and attended the 5 PM ET tutorial at the CNN SL hub. Below I’ve included a few screen caps of the event and a few excerpts from the press release.
CNN Worldwide today announced it has opened a hub within Second Life, a three-dimensional virtual world entirely created by its residents. The network will look to those most familiar with the virtual world – the Second Life residents themselves – to determine what constitutes news “in-world.”
Just as CNN asks its real-life audience to submit iReports – user-generated content submitted from cell phones, computers, cameras and other equipment for broadcast and online reports – the network invites the residents of Second Life to share their own “SL iReports” about events occurring within the virtual world.
“The thing we most hope to gain by having a CNN presence in Second Life is to learn about virtual worlds and understand what news is most interesting and valuable to their residents,” said Susan Grant, executive vice president of CNN News Services. “Our iReport initiative has generated a great response from CNN viewers and users who contribute a wide variety of news, events and perspectives every day; and we are genuinely excited about the opportunity to forge a similar relationship with Second Life residents, albeit recognizing the need to customize the process for the virtual world.”
When Second Life residents observe an in-world event, they can take snapshots, shoot video, or write a report about the event and submit to CNN with a click. Submissions selected by CNN iReport producers will go back into Second Life as SL iReports for residents to view throughout the virtual world. SL iReports may also be viewed and discussed in the real world at CNN.com’s SL iReport Blog at www.CNN.com/secondlife, where users are invited to share comments and subscribe to daily e-mail updates sent via Real Simple Syndication (RSS).
CNN’s in-world hub includes a news desk where weekly editorial discussions will be held and an amphitheater for in-world events, such as training sessions and appearances by CNN anchors and correspondents. During the weekly editorial discussions, held each Tuesday at 5 p.m. (ET), one of CNN’s SL iReport ambassadors, CNN producers and editors with experience in virtual worlds, will moderate a conversation with residents about the prior week’s SL iReports and upcoming in-world events that might be interesting to cover.
At the network’s hub, residents also can meet SL iReport ambassadors and other resident reporters, as well as access iReport kiosks, free-standing terminals where residents can pick up free gear and tools for gathering and viewing in-world user-generated content.
Kiosks offer a variety of free gear and tools including:
- A “HUD” or “heads-up display,” a small, collapsible window that resides on the user’s computer screen enabling them to view the latest photo and text SL iReports while they are in Second Life;
- A continuous stream of the latest video SL iReports;
- An instructional video on what an SL iReport is and how to submit one;
- Avatar-ready apparel, including hats, T -shirts and press badges; and
- A duplicate copy of the kiosk itself, which residents can place wherever they choose across Second Life.