“Nick News: Workin’ It” Premieres Sunday, August 8 on Nickelodeon

Author: Nickandmore!

via Nickelodeon press release:


NEW YORK, Aug. 3, 2010 – From classic kid jobs like babysitting or delivering newspapers to high-profile ones like acting or designing digital apps, kids today still work outside of school. Nick News with Linda Ellerbee listens to kids across the country talk about their jobs in the half-hour special, Workin’ It, premiering Sunday, Aug. 8, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon.

“This edition of Nick News is a video version of, and a salute to what journalist Studs Terkel did in his book, Working,” said Ellerbee. “But he interviewed only grown-ups, so we decided to speak with kids about their jobs and how they feel about what they do.”

Alexa, 15, from Burlington, Vt., has a traditional kid job as a babysitter. “I don’t mind diapers that much actually. I don’t know, sometimes they are kinda gross, like the really full ones where everything’s like leaking out. My name is Alexa and I live in Burlington, Vermont and babysitting is the first job that I’ve ever had.”

Some kids find less yucky jobs, such as Adam, 12, from Westport, Conn., who plays Pugsley Addams in The Addams Family musical on Broadway. “It is a job. But there’s not many days where I get up and don’t wanna go.”

Luke, 13, from Portland, Maine, works in his family’s restaurant, G and R DiMillo’s. “I’ve been working here for almost three years…Working in a kitchen can be really dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, and that’s one of the reasons we say, ‘Ovens open’ when we’re opening an oven. You gotta keep your eyes open and be careful all the time…My grandfather owned a restaurant and my dad worked with my grandfather. That definitely brings me closer to my dad.”

Hannah, 9, from St. Paul, Minn., has been announcing baseball games for two years. She thought it seemed like a cool job, so approached the team. “It feels great to be like on a microphone and having the whole stadium hear me,” Hannah said. “The hardest part is staying in there and making sure you’re gonna be like awake for the whole game.”

Cameron, 11, from Los Angeles, is his own boss. “A year ago, I had a benign tumor that caused me to be in a full leg brace for six months. I could’ve wasted half of a year of my life doing nothing, just sitting on my bed, playing on my iPod or whatever. But I decided to actually do something and create an application.” Which he did. Successfully. “I’m my own boss and that’s really good because, I don’t have someone telling me what to do.

Nick News, produced by Lucky Duck Productions, is now in its 19th year and is the longest-running kids’ news show in television history. It has built its reputation on the respectful and direct way it speaks to kids about the important issues of the day. Nick News recently was honored with its first ever Edward R. Murrow Award for “Network News Documentary” for the documentary special, “Coming Home: When Parents Return from War,” marking the first-ever kids television program to receive the prestigious award. Over the years, Nick News has received more than 20 Emmy nominations and recently won its seventh Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction Program for “Coming Home: When Parents Return from War.” Additional Emmy wins for Outstanding Children’s Programming include: “The Untouchable Kids of India” (2008); “Private Worlds: Kids and Autism” (2007); “Never Again: From the Holocaust to the Sudan” (2005); “Faces of Hope: The Kids of Afghanistan” (2002); “What Are You Staring At?” (1998).

In addition, in 1994, the entire series won the Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Programming. Nick News has also received three Peabody Awards, including a personal award given to Ellerbee for explaining the impeachment of President Clinton to kids, as well as a Columbia duPont Award and more than a dozen Parents’ Choice Awards.

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