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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Practice Makes Perfect

Teases are quick and to the point, so they should be simple to write, right? Wrong! Teases are the absolute death of me. Today as lead producer, I sat and stared at the blank box in iNews, frustrated by my huge writer’s block. I’m not sure why, but teases cause me so much stress! 

Brad, Monday's Executive Producer, always has my back. Thank you for the milkshake!
Brad, Monday's Executive Producer, always has my back. Thank you for the milkshake!

I think teases give me anxiety because of my general lack of confidence in my writing skills. I sometimes second-guess myself, which causes me to make silly mistakes and to be a little slow at producing content. Luckily, with the support of Kelly and Brad, our amazing Executive Producers, I never feel alone. Without fail, they constantly offer constructive feedback, a helping hand, and food delivery (just kidding, but thank you so much Kelly and Brad for the Panda Express and milkshakes today)!

As a goal for the remainder of the semester, I want to work on gaining confidence in my writing so I can effectively produce teases, OTS’s (Over the Shoulder) and general stories. I will achieve this goal by copyediting more work, helping multimedia journalists with their writing, and by practicing to write more in general. I can even volunteer to write some more stories whenever there is a slow moment in my producing shift. I am confident that the more I write, the better I will get. After all, everything comes with practice!

By the end of the semester I hope to be cranking out teases like no one has ever seen before! 

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