The Christopher Columbus News Network (CCNN) was initially created 20 years ago to communicate basic school news to students and faculty. It continued in this respect for about 13 years. In the last seven years, CCNN was re-vamped into CCNN Live, a fully functional news network that began competing at the district and state level, under the direction of Omar Delgado and Christina Hidalgo. Today, CCNN Live is a district, state and national championship team, winning over 30 awards in the past few years. The team is also the recipient of three Emmy Awards from the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.
CCNN Live is a Florida Scholastic Press Association All-Florida publication, the highest honor given to any high school news program. In the past year alone, CCNN has won the greatest amount of broadcast editing and reporting awards of any school in the state, even producing a Miami Herald Silver Knight winner and the best news anchor in the state for four years running. Most recently, CCNN Live won first place in the national Student Television Network Crazy 8 Contest and The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) named the show the best high school broadcast daily show, solidifying its position as the top high school journalism program in the nation.
The CCNN Live studio is located in the Christopher Columbus High School Mas Technology center; it has green screen technology, two teleprompters, several cameras and a tri-caster. With the help of students from Mrs. Hidalgo’s Journalism class, CCNN Live provides new information every day, covering topics from school and national news, to features, entertainment, and sports. The CCNN Live crew has achieved all this while serving Columbus students with daily announcements and important real time updates on our Twitter and Facebook page. CCNN Live is also contracted by companies such as TotalBank, NewLink America, Copa Coca-Cola and the National Federation of State High School Athletic Association (NFHS) for promotional and production work.
Everyday information, such as weather and the school lunch menu are streamed on a daily basis, as well as commercials paid for by our advertisers.