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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Dear Future ATVN Producers

Future producers,

I know how you might be feeling right now… Nervous, confused and stressed. If that’s how you’re feeling, I’ve been in your shoes. This producing class definitely isn’t easy; you constantly have to be knowledgeable, aware and prepared at all times. Even though this class caused my heart to stop quite a bit, JOUR 403 eventually became one of my favorite classes that I have ever taken at USC. If approached the right way, I know this class can turn into one of your favorites too! Before you begin your journey, here are some things you should know that will make your experience easier and a lot more fun:

I couldn't have asked for a better Team Monday!
I couldn't have asked for a better Team Monday!


I was extremely nervous the night before my first producing shift. I got a million times more nervous when I was told that I was assigned to be the lead producer. I remember thinking, “What?! I feel like I don’t know anything! I forgot how to use iNews! I am so unprepared!” I was so nervous that I contacted my Executive Producer, Brad, and vented to him about how worried I was. He assured me that I would be fine, and that I would learn as time went on. And, of course, Brad was completely right. The whole point of this producing class is to TEACH you. It’s okay to be unsure of what to do when you first start. Take it all in, and eventually you will know almost everything about ATVN.


This is maybe my most important piece of advice. Teamwork is crucial to this class, so it’s key to build relationships with your teammates! There will be times when you need them to rescue you when things get crazy during your shift. Get to know them. Hangout with them outside of ATVN. I made some of the best friends through this class, and that alone makes this experience so enjoyable!


You need to know a lot about what’s going on in the world before you walk into your shift. This also means that you shouldn’t just be updated on that day’s news, but also informed about what has been going on throughout the week. I suggest subscribing to theSkimm for an easy read that keeps you informed every day!


Even though you need to be prepared at all times, you also need to make sure you take care of yourself. Yes, coming up with story ideas the night before your shift or in the morning might cut into your sleep, but make sure you get enough rest to get you through the day. Also make sure to eat! Your shift can get hectic, and many producers sometimes forget to grab some lunch. But it’s so important to take care of yourself. If you do, you’ll be more productive!


This class makes your semester go by really, really fast. But take it all in. You will learn and grow so much by the end of the semester. With the hectic producing days aside, it is all definitely worth it.

Good luck, and have fun! 

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