CNN's iPhone App Is a Winner

Well-designed add-on makes life easier for network's video-savvy citizen journalists
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2009 3:53 PM CDT
In this product image provided by CNN, the new CNN iPhone application is shown.   (AP Photo/CNN)

(Newser) – CNN’s iPhone app is well-designed and intuitive, with enough features to more than justify its $2 price tag. The app makes good use of the iPhone interface, offering different scrolling navigations for stories depending on the handset’s orientation, writes Eliot Van Buskirk for Wired. But perhaps the most interesting feature is the way it integrates with CNN’s iReport service: Videos can easily be shot and edited with the iPhone OS and uploaded to CNN.

Besides citizen journalism, the app offers access to CNN Live,’s streaming video service, and local news, which include stories from competing local publications. The app allows the user to set keywords of interest and stores relevant stories in the iPhone’s cache—a convenient feature that gives users news to read when out of a service area.