Kindness and Confidence is Key
To be honest, I cannot believe how much I actually know and can do in the newsroom, which I did not think I could do before. I surprise myself every Thursday by staying confident in my journalism skills, which helps me to guide others. Something that every leader (no matter the situation) needs to understand is that it is not easy to ask someone for help or have your work/ writing critiqued. I remember my first shift at ATVN and I was so nervous to have a producer read a copy story I had written, simply because I was new, inexperienced and had a lot to learn. So with that experience in mind, I know how important it is to be extra kind, encouraging and thankful for all of the help every single person provides in the newsroom. I feel that when you lead with kindness and confidence people are more open to not only helping, but learning and improving their journalism skills as well. Being in charge of many people at once is definitely a big task, but I feel that it helps if you print out the stories you need written, write assign at the top of it and keep it in a pile close by. This way, if someone asks you for a new assignment, you have it right there and can easily hand it off. And trust me, when you see that pile get smaller and smaller it is extremely rewarding! Having confidence in yourself, others, and kindness is the key to newsroom success!