Together Everyone Accomplishes More: Teamwork in Week 1
As my two production teammates and I walked out of the studio after a very rough Run-Through Week show, we set a goal for the next week's first live televised show. We agreed that we would make it a priority to communicate with each other more throughout the day. We all felt that we were a bit too caught up in our own responsibilities, which led to a failure in understanding what each other producer was doing. Knowing what my teammates are working on and keeping steady communication throughout the day can help all three of us do our respective jobs better. This notion reminded me of the acronym commonly associated with the word team: "Together Everyone Accomplishes More." I can definitely say that improved team communication skills this week helped the entire production team accomplish more.
One thing that worked for my team this week was the creation of a Google Doc at the start of the day. Within the Google Doc, my team entered information such as the story slug, the video we wanted, the video that had been ordered, which MJ was working on it, and a section for miscellaneous notes. This document was critical to our success throughout the day and served as a time saver and great substitute to verbal communication (which may not always be available).
The main thing that gave my team trouble this week, and that I would like to avoid in the weeks ahead, is making assumptions. From assuming a reporter remembered to put in their CG's to assuming an MJ knows what they should edit (or even how to edit), making these assumptions puts the entire team at risk later on in the day. If we assume things are done early on in the day and don't look at it until again until the afternoon, we can become extremely pressed for time and resources during "crunch time" in the newsroom.
One thing that I would like my team to strive for in the upcoming weeks is to stress having a quick meeting right before and after the 1:30pm rundown meeting. This helps the Lead Producer have a better understanding of the video and graphic elements of the newscast, which will make answering Stacy's questions easier. After meeting with Stacy, having a quick meeting with your production team gives the opportunity for the other two teammates to learn of any changes made to the rundown and ensures that everyone is on the same page going into the second half of the shift.
I am extremely proud of the improvements my team made from Run-Through Week to this week, and I hope to learn from our mistakes and get better every week. When it comes to working as a team, it is clear that communication is the name of the game.