Hi. I'm Jordan Bienstock, the writer for CNN Student News. I'm the one who's responsible for writing what our anchors say.
Because we tape our show at 9pm, sometimes I have to write about things that haven't happened yet. Like tonight, I had to write about President Bush's televised address... but I had to do it before he spoke! Trust me, it's just as weird as you think.
So, since I don't make up the news (that would be wrong) and there's no such thing as time travel (...yet), how do we pull it off? We usually have some info to work with ahead of time. So I use that, write in broad terms and do it very carefully. Because it might be tough to write about something that hasn't happened yet. But it's a lot worse to accidentally write about something that NEVER happened.
If you noticed that I was grinning a bit after our third report in Wednesday's show, it's because we originally had another segment in betweenthat story by Nic Robertson and our "Before We Go." But the extra segment, which was lighthearted enough for me to be smiling about, wound up on the cutting room floor because it made our program a little longer than 10 minutes. And on TV, we've got to keep a strict schedule.So please don't think I was giggling about the hunt for al Qaeda and Taliban fighters.
There is some good news to report to all of you who need an additional fix of Student News each week. A weekly special edition of CNNSN is now available for viewing on some cable systems via the Video on Demand service. The show is roughly a three-minute recap of some of the stories we brought to you in the past weeks programming. Please check your local service to see if it’s available in your area, take a look and let us know what you think about this new offering.
In the sphere of Student News superlatives, the "Shoutout" undoubtedly wins "most popular." We decide when to air these during our daily editorial meetings, when we discuss when Shoutouts are appropriate, what to ask, how to ask it, and what the options should be. It's probably the same way teachers create multiple choice tests, but with music and graphics and an animation that reminds me of disco.
We usually dedicate a Shoutout to a specific class on Fridays throughout the school year. And though the list of requests is pretty long, we do our best to recognize most teachers who write in. So please keep the requests coming; the link is here.
Oh, and don't think "C" is always a safe bet for the answer. When I write Shoutouts, I do my best to keep y'all on your toes.
Interesting story on today’s show: the 50th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine’s dramatic enrollment at Little Rock’s Central High School. Got us thinking in the rundown meeting today…does this even resonate with today’s students? Do young people today understand the courage those students needed just to go to school? What causes would cause you to take a stand? Shoot us an email or an i-Report to let us know!
I'm working on a new series for CNN Student News that's going to be all about you: what you like, what you're into, what your style is. And it will include some of the comments you send us through e-mail or responses to this blog! The ideas we're batting around include the thoughts you have about life, the stuff you do for fun, whether you can go an entire week without wearing jeans to school... It's wide open.
During a convention last weekend in Atlanta, I spoke briefly with Lou Ferrigno, The Incredible Hulk. There was no green makeup – just the biggest guy I'd ever seen. And fortunately for me, he was really nice.
You don't just look up at Lou Ferrigno; you look side to side. He's about 6 feet 5 and HUGE. His shoulders have shoulders. His biceps are as big as my head.
So I wasn't quite as candid as I like to be. For example, when Mr. Ferrigno told me he was working on a new Hulk movie with Edward Norton, I should've asked, "So who's going to be The Hulk?" I think that would've been pretty funny.
When he said he wasn't intimidated by anyone around, I should've asked, "Not even me?" (I'm 6 feet 2, but he bench presses a little more than I do – about 300 pounds.) I could've asked him if he's ever cleaned out a buffet or accidentally squashed someone or if he could take Chuck Norris.
That would've made for a punchier interview on my part. On the other hand, maybe I did all right by sticking to the basics. I didn't want to make The Hulk angry.
What would you have asked him?