“Nick News” to Air 10 Year Anniversary Retrospective on October 4, 2001

Author: Nickandmore!

via Nickelodeon press release:


NICK NEWS and Nickelodeon to Donate NICK NEWS Special Editions to The Newseum in Oct. 4 Ceremony

New York, NY -Sept. 27, 2001- NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE, the longest-running kids’ newsmagazine in television history, will commemorate the 10-year anniversary of its Emmy, duPont and Peabody award-winning news coverage with a one-hour, prime-time special, TURNING TEN: A NICK NEWS CELEBRATION, airing Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001, at 8pm (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. The special is a retrospective of the weekly newsmagazine’s most compelling stories over the last decade, showing how this groundbreaking program has been able to explain events such as war, terrorism, school shootings, AIDS, racism and politics to kids, and how kids have responded by working to change their world for the better.

TURNING TEN: A NICK NEWS CELEBRATION will demonstrate to kids and parents how television news can be a starting place for conversations between grown-ups and kids about difficult but important topics. The special will, along with revisiting some of the most important stories and specials from the series’ archives, meet some of the players in those stories to see what their lives are like today and how, or if, the story they were part of has influenced them.

On NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE, coverage of politics, arts and entertainment and the mass media has been informed by a journalistic philosophy that kids deserve and need information about the world and events that shape it. Noted Ellerbee, “NICK NEWS was created from the conviction that kids are smart. They want to hear the story, explained in a way they can understand; they want to know what the issues are, and they want a voice. For ten years, we’ve invited kids to speak their minds on global and local issues that have a profound effect on all of our lives.”

As a companion event to TURNING TEN: A NICK NEWS CELEBRATION, Nickelodeon will host A Conversation with Linda Ellerbee, to be held at The Newseum in Arlington, Va., on Oct. 4, 2001, featuring Linda Wertheimer, anchor of NPR’s ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, interviewing Ellerbee on the importance of news for kids. Nickelodeon will donate to The Newseum tapes of the Anniversary Special and the complete library of NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE Special Editions, more than 30 half-hour programs, each of which specifically addresses an issue too loud or important for kids to ignore, ranging from AIDS to the impeachment of President Clinton to the global effects of racism and war.

Linda Ellerbee is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and, along with Rolfe Tessem, her partner, owner of Lucky Duck Productions. In addition to NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE, Lucky Duck produces prime-time specials for A & E, Court TV, HBO, Lifetime Television, MSNBC and MTV. A seasoned newswoman with experience at both NBC and ABC, Ellerbee is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated, best-selling book about TV news, And So It Goes. Ellerbee currently has eight children’s books in print and a book series for middle-school kids, titled Get Real. Ellerbee and Rolfe Tessem are executive producers of NICK NEWS, a Lucky Duck Production in association with Nickelodeon.

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, publishing and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 81 million households and has been the number-one rated cable network for more than five consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.