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Book caps iReporter’s Mississippi journey

By David Williams, CNN iReport Community Manager

REPUBLISHED FROM THE CNN iREPORT BLOG

World traveler Neal Moore let us follow along with him on iReport when he made his solo canoe trip down the Mississippi River in 2009, so we were really excited when his new book about the journey arrived in the mail.

“Down the Mississippi: A Modern-Day Huck on America’s River Road” chronicles Moore’s five-month journey from its source at Lake Itasca in Minnesota to New Orleans, Louisiana. He made the trip because he wanted to find and tell positive stories about the people living along the river.

Mark Twain and his iconic character Huckleberry Finn were a big influence on the project — his co-author Dr. Cindy Lovell is the executive director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, Missouri.

Moore’s been living in Taiwan, but is back in the United States to promote the book. We were able to catch up with him by email to ask him about the project.

What are you doing now that your book is out? Are you doing book tours or anything like that?

Yes, my co-author, Dr. Cindy Lovell, and myself are currently out promoting the launch of the book here in the States (as a bit of a mini-tour). I did a book release in Oxford, Mississippi. We just launched the book in Hannibal, and we’ll be taping a segment for NPR/St. Louis Public Radio.

Where do you live these days?

I’m moving back to Cape Town, South Africa, this coming week, a gem of a city I’ve lived in, off and on, for the past twenty years.

How long did it take to write the book?

The book took two years to complete from the time my co-author and myself began, just following the completion of my Mississippi River canoe journey in late 2009. In the book, Dr. Lovell conjures up Twain’s words directly into the text. So you’ve got the physical journey, the stories of the towns, and Twain, who encourages, reprimands, and comments on the characters encountered all along the way.

Where did you write the book?

I wrote my portion of the book in some of my favorite locales along the Mississippi River journey: in Oxford, Mississippi, a literary-minded village; Hannibal, Missouri, Twain’s hometown; and northeast Iowa, on a rambling family farm. I then flew on to East Asia where I completed the writing of the final third of the book, late last year.

Where can people buy the book if they’re interested?

The eBook version is now available via Kindle. A print edition of the book is available at the Mark Twain Museum and will soon be available at leading independent bookstores nationwide – to be found on http://moderndayhuck.com/.

What’s your next big adventure?

I’m currently gearing up for the next big adventure to take place in South Asia. I’m intending to set it up as a rambling, roving report similar to the Mississippi River expedition, but with a different twist.

Congratulations Neal! We can’t wait to see your stories from South Africa and around the world.

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iReport.com Blog: Calling all St. Louis iReporters! »

If you live near the St. Louis area, nealmoore, who has been traveling the Mississippi River for the past few months, has an announcement about an event happening that you might want to participate in this Saturday. He is taking part in the “Habitat for Humanity St. Louis 2009 Build,” and members of the iReport community are invited to join him in covering this community project. 500 volunteers will be putting up brand new houses for low-income families.

Check out the video above for more information!

To visit the iReport official blog CLICK HERE

To view Habitat for Humanity St. Louis contact details and driving directions to the “Habitat for Humanity St. Louis 2009 Build” – This Saturday SEPTEMBER 26 from 11am to 12:30pm – please CLICK HERE

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Calling all St. Louis iReporters…

Hi, my name is Neal Moore and I am a citizen journalist “iReporter” for CNN – currently on the trip of a lifetime, canoeing down the entire length of the Mississippi River.

Along the way I am stopping off in river towns to highlight positive American stories and uplifting community projects.

I’d like to tell you about one of those projects slated for St. Louis, and invite you, the iReport community at large, to come participate.

The St. Louis project is billed as “Habitat for Humanity St. Louis 2009 Build” and will include approximately 500 pre-selected volunteers who will be working on a number of homes in one particular St. Louis neighborhood (see directions below). They don’t need volunteers – but they could certainly use press.

This is where you come in!

The date is Saturday, September 26th and the pre-approved time available for iReporters at large to come shoot will be from 11am to 12:30pm.

I have confirmed permission for both myself and the possibility of multiple “iReporters” to congregate on the scene of the “build” with Courtney Simms, Director of Resources for Habitat for Humanity St Louis. She tells me “iReporters” will be able to get good B-Roll of houses going up and also have the chance to talk/interview builder volunteers as this will encompass their lunch break.

The St. Louis Habitat for Humanity affiliate is significant because it is one of the largest affiliates in the country. Courtney tells me that in this particular neighborhood of St. Louis, Habitat for Humanity St. Louis have already built 67 homes and that by the end of the year this number will escalate to 91.

iReport is grass roots and Habitat for Humanity is grass roots – and as such we can compliment each other.

For more information please contact Habitat for Humanity St. Louis:

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis

3763 Forest Park Ave

St. Louis, MO 63108

Office: 314-371-0400

Directions to the site build to cover between 11am and 12:30pm, Saturday, September 26th, 2009:

Directions from South/Southwest:
Travel east on I-64 E/US-40 E Highway 40 (I-64) to exit 25 and merge onto I-270 south toward Memphis. After 6.6 miles take exit 5A and merge
onto I-44 east, travel on I-44 for 12.2 miles to Grand Blvd, exit 288. Turn left (north) on Grand for 2.3 miles and turn right (east) onto Cass Ave.
Travel .3 miles and turn right (south) onto N. Garrison Ave, after .1 miles turn left (east) onto to Sheridan Ave, after a ½ block park in the fenced-in lot
on your left (north). Once parked, walk back to the corner of N. Garrison Ave and Sheridan Ave and sign in at the site support trailer.

Directions from the North/Northwest:
Take Interstate 70 east to Grand Blvd, exit 247. Turn south (right) onto Grand, drive 1.9 miles to Cass Ave. Turn left onto Cass, travel .3 miles and
turn right (south) onto N. Garrison Ave, after .1 miles turn left (east) onto to Sheridan Ave, after a ½ block park in the fenced-in lot on your left (north).
Once parked, walk back to the corner of N. Garrison Ave and Sheridan Ave and sign in at the site support trailer.

Directions from East:
Take Highway I-64 E/US-40 west toward Forest Park Ave, exit on Forest Park/Grand Blvd, exit 38A (Stay in the far right lane to merge onto Grand
Blvd). Turn right (north) on Grand Blvd for .8 miles and turn right (east) onto Cass Ave. Travel .3 miles and turn right (south) onto N. Garrison Ave,
after .1 miles turn left (east) onto to Sheridan Ave, after a ½ block park in the fenced-in lot on your left (north). Once parked, walk back to the corner
of N. Garrison Ave and Sheridan Ave and sign in at the site support trailer.

Directions from West (I-64/US-40 alternate routes):
Travel east on I-64 E/US-40 E Highway 40 (I-64) and merge on I-170 north. Travel approx. 1.1 miles and exit right (east) onto the Forest Park
Parkway, exit 1E. Continue for approx. 6.4 miles, and turn left (north) onto Grand Blvd for 1.1 miles and turn right (east) onto Cass Ave. Travel .3
miles and turn right (south) onto N. Garrison Ave, after .1 miles turn left (east) onto to Sheridan Ave, after a ½ block park in the fenced-in lot on your
left (north). Once parked, walk back to the corner of N. Garrison Ave and Sheridan Ave and sign in at the site support trailer.

Parking Disclosure. At Habitat, we make our best efforts to ensure the safety of your possessions while you volunteer your time with us. However,
in the event of an unfortunate occurrence, Habitat can not be responsible for loss, theft, or damage. To further ensure the safety of your vehicle,
please do not leave any valuables of any kind in your car, not even under the seat. We recommend that you do not bring ANY valuables to the
warehouse, ReStore, or site. Habitat will not be responsible for any parking tickets that are issued to volunteers.

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CNN.com: Neal Moore canoes the Mississippi

NEALCANOECNN.com and iReport will be following Flash River Safari thru a new interactive web page titled “Neal Moore canoes the Mississippi.” The page comes complete with a map and catalogue of stories – told from this, the Great River Road.  To view the page – just click here!

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CNN International news segment from this past weekend

S9aFlash River Safari was featured on CNN International’s weekly citizen journalism show “iReport for CNN” this past weekend. To view the segment CLICK HERE and fast forward to minute 3:00 just following the Vote in Afghanistan story.  This four-minute segment features the brave young Somali-Americans of Minneapolis with a special focus on how their journey is evolving in America.

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Flash River Safari on iReport for CNN

Flash River Safari was featured on CNN International’s weekly citizen journalism show “iReport for CNN” this past weekend. To view the segment click here and fast forward to minute 3:00 just following the Lance Armstrong and Twitter stories.

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Citizen journalism

I was up on the balcony of my rooftop apartment in Taipei, Taiwan, in July of 2008, when the first signs of Typhoon Fong-Wong entered the city center.  The sun had just gone down and the normally bustling city streets  were empty below.  The following day would be a “typhoon day” with schools, government offices, and businesses closed.  There was a calm and an eeriness in the air and yet it was so beautiful I had to go back inside for my camera.  The calm before the storm.  I came back outside a minute later and the beacon from the world’s tallest occupied building, Taipei 101, was shining heavenward into the mist.  The storm had technically just arrived!  After shooting I immediately wanted to share  –  and so I uploaded the image as my first CNN “iReport” .  

Last year’s typhoon season would deliver four major typhoons in a row – including Category 5 Typhoon Jangmi. While a number of the footage clips I was shooting and talking head reports I was filing were used on air from Morning Express with Robin Meade in the US to CNN International in Asiait wasn’t until I was contacted by a woman in America with a husband on a ship just NE of Taipei (during Typhoon Jangmi) that I began to take the power of the iReport seriously.  She told me through a comment on the user-generated site that she couldn’t get the information I was providing anywhere else and that she was truly thankful.  

The point is that anybody can become a citizen journalist.  You can share your photos, your thoughts, and even try your hand at the odd interview.  So whether you’re a journalist, a citizen journalist, or a citizen journalist in the making, with Flash River Safari, you’re more than welcome to come along for the ride!

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