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Team Wednesday - Living In The Moment

Being a producer is hard, stressful but fun. These past two weeks I've had to retain a lot of information. I learned how to format the rundown, check videos, edit, prepare for my day of air shifts, web training, morning meetings etc. I was video teammate for the past two weeks, and I'm still trying to find a system that works succesfully for me. I have a lot on my plate as far as directing MJ's, writing stories, ordering and editing video; so multi-tasking is a must. Even though it's only been two weeks, I truly have a new found respect for producers. I have been at ATVN since 2010, and never really realized how crucial and important MJ's and reporters are; they make the show.

Being a video teammate takes a lot of responsibility you have to direct all the MJ's, and that at times that can get overwhelming. Right when I felt I had a moment to gather my thoughts on what I had to do, I had an MJ in my ear asking to read this and/or watch his/her video. It's really important to prioritize, and keep track of stories so that everything is getting done.

But I must say that we have a strong team on Wednesdays. Brianne was very helpful, she made assigning stories easy, because no matter what story I handed her she would do it. Michael, Kristin, Gina Lisa, Natasha, Kayla, Joey, Eric, David, Riannon and anyone else I missed thank you! This day could have gone a lot worse without your help. 

In complete honesty, with Matt and I leaving for two hours in the morning, I truly tip my hat off to Jillian for holding down the newsroom. For that two hour period she was lead, graphic and video producer. Matt had no complaints with any graphics or web ideas we threw his way. He just got everything we needed done, and was able to get the final videos online after I went to the studio.

So although this is the first show, and we have about 10 more to go I'm happy with our team. Although stressful, I like being seen as the leader of the newsroom and teaching the newbies. Whenever I found myself getting irritated with an MJ or situation I remembered it was important to be patient. It wasn't that long ago that it was me asking Alexis Soto questions over and over, and she always helped me no matter the amount of things she had to do. So with that in mind its time to pay it forward.

Honestly no matter how stressed I was, or how many times I felt that I would run out of time to do things, seeing our hard pay off on a live newscast made it all worth it.

One thing that scare me is next week when I am lead producer. I feel like I'm barely getting this position down, and now I'm going to be shifted into a brand new one. Also, I don't know how its going to be when I go to class, I'm scared that I'm going to be so lost when I come back. But we shall until next week peace, love & happiness.

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