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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Playing the Strong Suit

Hands down, this week was Team Wednesday's best newscast of the semester. I think we're all finally starting to settle into our roles, figure out what needs to be done, and become great leaders in the newsroom. This week, we've been asked to address any issues our team is having week to week. But, overall, I really think that Team Wednesday really has it together. My co-producers and I all seem to be on the same page, which is great. As the weeks go by, we're really learning to play to each others' strengths.

Unfortunately, we have been having problems playing to some MJ's strengths. We have some workers who, week after week, seem to be assigned to things that aren't necessarily within their strongest skill range (i.e. sending an MJ who isn't great at filming to a visual story or an MJ who struggles with broadcast style writing to write a lot of copy stories, etc.). In the future, I think we all need to be mindful of what each MJ is good at so that we can put them to work in areas they excel in and get the most out of them throughout their shifts. 

Because of this, my main goal for our team in the future is to learn to play to everyone's strengths, not just our own. Every team member has different skills and strong suits, so we should always look to utilize those skills to make our newscasts as good as possible.

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