CBS News wants video from ordinary folks

Seeking thoughts on Obama's first days in office

NEW YORK -- CBS News and CBSNews.com are teaming up to chronicle the Obama administration's first 100 days as seen through the eyes of ordinary Americans.

The network is soliciting videos from ordinary Americans who will talk about what they think President Obama should do to improve the country and which states and regions need the most help. They're also giving away 50 Flip MinoHD camcorders, one in each state, to help viewers record their thoughts. Video can be uploaded from any camera onto CBSNews.com.

In a statement, Couric said that she wanted ordinary Americans to talk about what they thought should be Obama's priorities.

"We want to open up a two-way dialogue between viewers and Katie and our news operation," CBS News vp programming Mark Larkin told The Hollywood Reporter.

Larkin said that typical videos will be in "the Internet sweet spot" of three to five minutes -- slices of life. They're also being solicited from cell phones as part of CBS Mobile.

It's another part of CBS News' Web strategy that has included a number of special Webcasts hosted by Couric and featuring other CBS News correspondents during the election campaign. Some of the videos will appear on CBSNews.com and also during the broadcast network's one-hour primetime special Tuesday called "Change and Challenge: The Inauguration of Barack Obama."
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