June 30th, 2008
05:37 PM ET

Sunderland Rocks

If that title makes you say, "What?" you oughta check out our second summer Webcast of CNN Student News.

Zac Sunderland's world record attempt got me thinking about my own summer vacations from high school.  I spent one playing drums (loudly), one playing baseball (badly), one playing on a new computer (confusedly), and one working at Kroger (to save up for a new computer).

I don't think I ever achieved a world record (except maybe for talking), but I usually had a great time whatever I did.  So whether you're sailing the world's oceans, tanning by the world's oceans, or just kicking back in one of the world's living rooms, we hope you're enjoying these long, luminous, lingering days.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
June 23rd, 2008
04:55 PM ET

So...What Are We Doing?



This week, we're hosting 105 Georgia students for Leadership Unplugged:  A CNN Experience.  It's an annual event that brings CNN Student News together with 21st Century Leaders, a program that encourages and amplifies leadership characteristics among high school students.  Workshops, presentations, networking opportunities and a journalism project are all part of the deal.  (And you may see some coverage of this in an upcoming show.)

That's what we're up to this week.  What are you doing?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
June 16th, 2008
04:37 PM ET

And We're Off!

...or on, depending on how you look at it.  Today's Webcast kicks off the first in a series of summer programs that you can find at our home page or on iTunes.  Each special edition of CNN Student News will focus on a specific subject, like a review of the school year's top stories or a look at young people who really stand out.  So when you come in from the beach/pool/golf course/batting cage or log on after the Xbox/PlayStation/DVD/book, please be sure to check us out!

And if you have any questions for us or you just want to tell us what you're up to this summer, this is the place to do it.  (Or better yet, send us an iReport!)

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
June 5th, 2008
09:52 PM ET

0 FOR 2

What do people named Gerald, Jordan, Tomeka, John, Matt, Donna, Jerry, Lisa, Jeff, and Juan have in common?  They all work on the staff of CNN Student News, and they were all in on the second-biggest practical joke of my career.

I say second-biggest because, as ashamed as I am to admit it, this happened before last December:  I was told we were running a report about something newsworthy, I believed it, and instead our producers showed some goofy bloopers of yours truly.

This time, I thought I was prepared.  This time, I checked the video before the show to make sure there were no surprises.  This time... I was wrong again.

Wanna see what happens when an anchor is duped on his own program?  Watch the last part of Friday's show!

Carl Azuz, Embarrassed Anchor

Filed under: Behind the scenes
June 4th, 2008
11:25 PM ET

Taped Down?

The school superintendent says it's unlike any accusation he's heard: that a teacher would tape down a student to get him to stay in his seat. Now at this point, this story is still under investigation; though the student's mother says the teacher admitted to taping down the 9-year-old boy, the school district wants to get all the facts before it takes action. But it brings up a lot of questions, including whether the teacher went too far AND how much authority a teacher has to discipline a student.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: News Coverage
June 3rd, 2008
11:14 PM ET

Most Memorable Laughs

We've noticed that a lot of you are writing in about your most memorable "Before We Go" or "Off the Beaten Path" segments, and that's awesome.  As we approach Friday, I'm hunting for some of the year's funniest videos.  We have several suggestions already, and we welcome any additional ideas you have right here...

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Feedback
June 2nd, 2008
09:29 PM ET

Views from China

Some of you have written that the recent Chinese earthquake was the most memorable story of the year, and Tuesday's report by Wilf Dinnick brought some incredible views of how destructive the event was.  Images of "where mountains ploughed into the city," leaving survivors with heaps of rubble instead of homes, give a sense of the overwhelming loss that victims face.  It's hard to imagine how so many lives can be shattered in just a few seconds.

If you're looking for ways to help the victims, here's a good place to start.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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