For the last few months in our Career Connections reports, we've had CNN professionals share their personal journeys in the field of journalism. They've also provided great general advice for you as you think about a career you might want to pursue. And it's okay if you don't know what you want to do yet: I didn't know I wanted to be a journalist until my junior year in college. I figured it out after realizing that I really enjoy television, I'm an inquisitive person, and I like to write short stories. So what careers have sparked your interest? Are you making any career connections with professionals in your fields of interest?
Tomeka Jones, Associate Producer
With CNN Student News off the air, a lot of people have been asking if I'm off work. No...though a two-month vacation would be sweet. I've spent a bit of time with my family and done some mountain biking, but I've also been hard at work hosting an event called Leadership Unplugged. It's a conference involving dozens of CNN employees, the staff of 21st Century Leaders, and 99 Georgia high school students selected for their talent and leadership potential.
My job included presenting, moderating discussion panels, and emceeing a dinner event, as well as getting to meet some of the brightest juniors and seniors out there. As you can imagine, it involved a lot of talking, and as you'd expect, I loved it. So while I may not be hosting the daily show, I'm still doing a lot of public speaking and (hopefully) staying in reporting shape for fall semester...
What have you been up to?
Carl Azuz, Anchor
It's the atomic number of calcium, the bill that features the face of Andrew Jackson, the number of units in a score, the number of faces in an icosahedron, the Super Bowl when the Chicago Bears defeated the New England Patriots...and the number of years that CNN Student News has been on the air.
We'd love to know what stands out to you the most from Friday's show - and what you think the world will be like 20 years from now!
...and even though we're not producing a daily show, you're welcome to drop us a line to let us know what you're up to.
For our part, we're planning summer projects, brainstorming new ideas for the fall semester, and gearing up for the 20th anniversary of CNN Student News. Some of us are headed to the beach; others are planning "staycations," and I'm hoping to spend a little time on the ol' mountain bike this summer, hitting trails and dodging mosquitoes.
Is your break off to a good start?
...for not hitting me with tomatoes after the puns. All my best for a wonderful summer - God bless!
...for blaming Carl for all the bad puns. And for being such an incredible audience.
-Jordan, CNNSN Writer
...for welcoming us into your classroom.
-Donna, CNNSN Executive Producer
...for downloading the podcast every day.
-Jeff, CNNSN Web Producer
...for bearing with the new voice behind the clusterbusters, that's me Tomeka!
-Tomeka, CNNSN Associate Producer
...for the feedback we got from around the world...from classrooms as far away as Brazil and Japan, to a journalism school in Ghana, to schools right here in the United States.
-John, CNNSN Curriculum Writer
...for being kind to the new producer.
-Jeremy, CNNSN Producer
Carl's probably used to hearing voices in his head, but what you hear at the end of Wednesday's show is a real person: our associate producer (AP), Tomeka! It gives you an idea of some of the fun we have behind the scenes at CNN Student News. Some of you have even commented on the other sounds you've heard, from a drum hit to crickets at the end of a Before We Go segment. If you've got any creative ideas for us, let us know here!
Jeremy Dunn, CNN Student News Producer
Jeremy Dunn, Producer, CNN Student News
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Jeremy Dunn, our new CNN Student News producer. A fellow graduate of the University of Georgia, Mr. Dunn brings a great deal of intelligence, enthusiasm and creativity to our program. (What else would you expect from a UGA grad?)
And this isn't Dunn's first time working with the show. As our video editor a couple years ago, he was partially responsible for that embarrassing footage of me dancing on the HLN set.
...which suddenly makes me very concerned about what's coming in the days ahead...
Got any words of wisdom for Mr. Dunn?
P.S. Jeremy's one of the folks who'll be working behind the scenes; I'll still be the guy bringing you the news.
This might seem like a tough call, but consider this: Your school district doesn't pay your teacher's spouse; you wouldn't get paid for being a pilot's spouse; no one is on a payroll for being an engineer's spouse. So why should the president's wife be paid, unless she also holds an official job in the U.S. government?
I agree with first lady Laura Bush that the role itself should not be a paid post. Can you convince me otherwise?
This is what happens when you bet with your heart, not your head. On the left is the author of this post, a proud Michigan State University alum, forced to wear some form of pale blue because North Carolina narrowly defeated my Spartans in hoops last week. And yes, narrowly, because if we would have just made 9 four-point plays, we’d have won! It could be worse-this could be the blue and yellow colors of U of M, (perish the thought) though they do get props for handling Duke on national TV this past weekend.
To my right is the gleeful smirk of one Jordan Bienstock, Student News writer and Tar Heels fan. I take solace in the fact that it’s way early in the season, and hope springs eternal until the tournament. (“The” tournament, not the made for TV conference versions.) I'm not sure he has stopped gloating, and this post will certainly not help. How long is that victory lap anyway?
I’ll now swear off frivolous office bets for good.
MSU is playing UGA (pronounced Uh-Guh) in the Capitol One Bowl on Jan 1st! Since there are more Georgia alums and their fans running around here than ants at a picnic, that gives me an idea...
Jerry DeMink, VP CNN News Services
...maybe the monkeys don't exactly fit here. After all, they're only serving some of the food mentioned in Tuesday's show. The turkeys are trying to avoid being on a plate, and for the SPAM, well, I guess it's kinda late.
But whatever you're eating this Thursday (tofu?), we hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving break and have a GREAT time while you're off from school. We'll be off the air from Wednesday through the weekend, but Monday will find us right back at it, filling up on news after filling up on turkey.
What kind of plans do you have for Thanksgiving?
Take a study break and find out what's filling the notebook of CNN Student News anchor Carl Azuz. We love your comments. Remember, keep them on topic and only use your first name.
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