Cordova journalism students visit CNN building

Ethan Pickett
Posted 3/11/18

On Feb. 28, a group of 34 journalism students from Cordova High School had the chance to see the inner workings of news at the Cable News Network studio in Atlanta, Georgia.Many journalism students …

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Cordova journalism students visit CNN building


On Feb. 28, a group of 34 journalism students from Cordova High School had the chance to see the inner workings of news at the Cable News Network studio in Atlanta, Georgia.

Many journalism students agreed the CNN tour informed them about how the news is produced.
CHS senior Trent Gilmore said he thought that news, in general, was more centralized, but after the CNN tour, his ideas about news production changed.

“I thought it was a lot more centralized but in fact production is diverse with entire groups of people dedicated to research and writing that we might see as insignificant but is very important,” Gilmore said.

Even though some students saw news in a different way, others did not discover anything new compared to what they knew already.

CHS junior and second year journalism student Mary Tuggle said that she did not learn anything new compared to what she has already learned in her journalism class. 

“My journalism teacher Mrs. Walton has been teaching us so much about journalism in class that I didn’t learn anything more than what she has already covered,” Tuggle said. “But, the trip was still beneficial in showing us news production in real time rather than through class discussion.”

While some students saw this tour as a way to learn about the production of news and others to not learn anything new than in the classroom, some saw this as a way for career opportunities.

CHS sophomore and second year journalism student Cameron Frost said not only did the tour give him a better understanding of news production but also opened his eyes to new opportunities in the career field. 

He said, “It gave me a better understanding of how it was put together ,but it also showed me how open the career field is.”
Not only did the tour highlight news production but also it showed students the amount of work that goes into news production.
Gilmore stated how it was astonishing to watch the journalists hard at work to produce a news program in a matter of minutes.
He said,  “Watching the journalists work was exciting because of the dedication they have to what they are working on. It showed me just how much work must be done in such little time.” 

Tuggle agreed it was amazing to see the amount of work it goes into writing and producing the news. “We students saw rows and rows of researchers cross referencing and fact checking, each using at least three computer monitors at one desk,” she said.

Not only were some journalism students astonished about the work that journalists did but also just the building was astonishing to some.

Frost said the inside of the building was truly amazing.

“The map of the world on the floor of CNN because of just how amazing it was to see such a cool little detail,” Frost said.

Many students thought the trip overall was informative and really saw how news is put together, and not only was it informative, but just a enjoyable tour to go on.  

Tuggle said,”I'm pleased to say that I still enjoyed it very much, and felt it ended almost too quickly.”
While others felt as though the trip was overall an amazing and sight full experience to go on.

“I thought it was a fun and educational experience that I was glad I got to be apart of and if I had a chance I would most certainly go on this trip again,” Frost said.