Citizen journalists’ success honoured by CNN recently announced the winners of its inaugural iReport Awards at the 2011 South by Southwest Conference and Festivals.

The winners were selected from more than 150,000 iReports submitted to the cable news station in 2010 and represented citizen journalists from around the world.

Awards were presented in eight categories:  Breaking News Coverage, Original Reporting, Compelling Imagery (Photos or Video), Commentary, Personal Story, Interview, Community Choice and iReport Spirit. The full story posted by is HERE.

CNN’s commitment to citizen journalism appears to be growing and the offering of these awards is an important step forward for aspiring and active citizen journalists.