STUDENT HANDOUT: "WERE YOU LISTENING?" SCAVENGER HUNT


Directions: While you are on the Inside CNN Atlanta Tour, try to find the answers to the questions on this sheet. Hint: Answers might be found in the hallways, in the stairwells, in the videos or in what your tour guide says.



1. What news stories are being covered by CNN on the day of your tour? (Hint: Watch and listen to the live broadcasts on televisions throughout the tour.)


A: Subject to teacher's discretion





2. Name three major events covered by CNN in its more than two decades of news coverage.



A: Subject to teacher's discretion






3. In what year was CNN launched? Who is the founder of CNN?



A: CNN was launched in 1980 by Ted Turner.






4. Name at least three of CNN's networks.



A: There are a number of CNN Network's including CNN, CNN Headline News, CNN Radio, CNN en Espanol Radio, CNN International, CNN en Espanol, CNN+, CNN Turk, CNNj, CNN Airport Network, CNN.com, CNN Student News.






5. Name at least three CNN bureaus.



A: There are 37 CNN bureaus worldwide including, Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Islamabad, Jakarta, New Delhi, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo, Berlin, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Moscow, Rome, Baghdad, Beirut, Dubai, Jerusalem, Cairo, Johannesburg, Lagos, Buenos Aires, Havana, Mexico City, Boston, New York, Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.






6. Why is the control room considered the "heart" of CNN?



A: It is the last point of contact the producers and directors have with the broadcast before it is sent out to the viewing audience.






7. What is the difference between CNN Air, CNN Program and CNN Preset?



A: CNN Air is what the viewers at home see on tv at that moment. CNN Program is the CNN Air signal before it is beamed up to the satellites and does not have the commercials. CNN Preset is where the next shot is queued up.






8. What is a router? Name at least 3 things that you might see on a router.



A. A router is where the control room will receive incoming satellite feeds and images. They will hold various items including live feeds from reporters on location, photograph images, graphics, the different camera angles in the anchor studio and even the teleprompter script.






9. Approximately how many people staff a control room? Who are they? What does each one do?



A: The control room is typically staffed with anywhere from 6-10 people. The Executive Producer oversees the broadcast and decides what, how and when a story goes on air. The Director will make the real time decisions on what is shown during a broadcast. The Technical Director will execute the director's decisions.






10. What is the name of the electronic device that shows the anchor the copy of the script?



A: The teleprompter is what the anchor reads the script off of.






11. Why does the audience not see the anchor's eyes move from side to side when he or she is reading the words on-screen?



A: The teleprompter contains only 3-5 words per line in order to eliminate this effect.






12. What will the anchor do when he or she sees the word "break" on the screen?



A: Turn the page of their hard copy.






13. Why do meteorologists sometimes use "broad, non-committal, sweeping gestures" in their reports?



A: To cover the appropriate area of the map without losing eye contact with the camera.






14. What color must a meteorologist never wear while on camera? Why?



A: Meteorologists should never wear the same color as the chromakey wall which is typically blue or green, because the map will then appear over top of their clothes.






15. The helmets worn by journalists in hostile areas are made of what material?



A: Journalists that are embedded in war torn areas will wear helmets made of Kevlar.






16. What device did CNN journalists use to broadcast their reports after the Iraqi government shut down communication lines during the 1991 Persian Gulf War?



A: Journalists used a four-wire box in order to communicate with the network.






17. On average, how many people work in the newsroom?



A: On average there are about 100 employees working on the main newsroom floor in Atlanta.






18. What two "desks" make up the assignment desk?



A: The international and the national desk.






19. Diagram the general process of how a news story goes from a potential story to an on-air report. What do the following people do in that process: assignment desk editors, producers, writers and copyeditors?



A: The Producers will decide the order of the stories and how much time is given to each one. The Assignment Desk Editors will gather and check the facts of the story before sending it on to the writers. The Writers will write the story for air. The Copyeditors will check the stories and make any adjustments as needed before sending it to air.






20. What is an IFB?



A: An IFB is the earpiece in which the anchor and hear the control room communicating to them. IFB stand for Interruptible Feedback or Interruptible Frequency Broadcast.






21. What was the original name of Headline News?



A: CNN2






22. What are the main differences between CNN and Headline News?



A: CNN gives more in depth coverage on the top story of the day, while Headline News will cover all the top stories of the day in 30 minutes.






23. Who do you think are the primary audiences for CNN International, CNN Airport Network, CNN Newsource and CNN en Espanol?



A: CNN International is targeting the international audience. CNN Airport is targeting travelers. CNN Newsource focuses on the local affiliate audience. CNN en Espanol targets the Latin American population.






24. What reasons do the anchors and correspondents featured in the final video mention for why they chose their professions?



A: There are lots of great reasons to go into a career in journalism. Some of the ones mentioned in the video are "it is an exciting career", "it is an opportunity to go around the world on someone else's dime", "my father was a journalist", "for the responsibility", and "for the connection with the viewer".