August 21, 2017

Outside My Window: A Look at CNN + TV Studio Tours

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As I type this post from the 61st floor of the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in Atlanta, I can’t stop looking out the window at CNN Center across the street. It’s amazing to think that from this building not three blocks from where I am, news broadcasts are sent out around the world.

I took a studio tour at CNN’s world headquarters right here in Atlanta some 13 years ago (better, I had a friend who was a director at CNN, so I got to meet a couple of news anchors too). There was so much to learn about journalism and the way news broadcasts are put together. Here are three news studio tours perfect for families:

  • BBC (London): The BBC offers a wide variety of behind-the-scenes radio and television tours. Take an exclusive look at the BBC newsroom, see the famous studios and your kids will also have the chance to have fun in the interactive studio. Tours last between one to two hours and costs vary.
  • Inside CNN Studio Tour (Atlanta): Your kids can browse over 25 years of CNN’s broadcast footage on interactive kiosks, then get a feel for the fast-paced live television news environment. Explore the technology used to deliver news and weather everyday and pause at the CNN Overlook to see the real newsroom in action. Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for kids.
  • NBC Studio Tour (New York): You and your family can journey through 30 Rockefeller Plaza as you take a look at broadcast operations and the make-up room. Your kids will even have the opportunity to produce their very own news and weather program. See studios for NBC Nightly News, Today and MSNBC, among others. Cost: $20 for adults, $17 for kids (ages 6-12).

Plus, don’t forget about the Newseum in Washington, DC. This 250,000 square-foot museum of news offers you and your kids a hands-on experience of the making of news over five centuries. Top exhibits include the 9/11 Gallery, featuring newspaper covers from around the world the day after the World Trade Center towers were struck, as well as the NBC News Interactive Newsroom, which gives visitors a chance to play reporter or photographer.

Have you ever taken your kids on a tour of broadcast studios to learn how the news is put together each day? I’d love to hear about your experiences.

Comments

  1. Marina K. Villatoro says:

    Gotta Love NY! I’m from NYC and before having a baby, I didn’t think it was very kid friendly. But now I look at it with different eyes when I visit and there is SOOOO much to do!

    Looks like you’re having a blast.

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