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The End Is Near

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And then there was one! I can't believe we're down to our last show! This semester of ATVN has gone by in the blink of an eye. 

We've definitely had some great coverage on Thursdays - the funeral for a fallen L.A.P.D. officer, the Bell trial sentencings, Mayor Garcetti's first State of the City speech, storm preparations, and a fire truck accident in Monterey Park. This week we also had great stories to work with from a postal workers protest to a march by the United Young Armenians. 

With one show left, I know that we can continue producing great content. Our staff has grown and improved so much, and I'm extremely grateful to them for all of their hard work and diligence. They have made our vision come to life week after week! 

It seems like just yesterday I was freaking out as I prepared for my first shift. Now, weeks later, I feel more confident as a producer. Week after week, I've seen improvement in my producing skills. I wasn't as worried about formatting. I had some experience as a sports anchor. I originally struggled with story order, and story and package development. I'm proud to say that I've noticed improvement in all of those areas and more throughout the semester! 

While I've shown so much growth this semester, I know I can do more! I think the biggest thing I'm going to work on for this last show is creativity. I have the basics down. I can format a rundown, pitch stories and packages, decide what sound and video to use, delegate tasks, and develop stories that cover every angle. I need to challenge myself more and show that I can go even beyond the basics. Next week, I'm going to try using the Chroma key, using sound in teases, and getting more creative with live shots. 

I also want to work on the little things, like making more of an effort to read through the entire show, being more decisive and confident as I communicate my vision, and sharpening up my writing in teases and the welcome. 

I want the last show of ATVN (not only for the semester, but also in our current newsroom and studio) to go out with a bang! 

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