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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

A Piece of Advice


To Future Producers:

While you may be somewhat intimidated and nervous to take JOUR 403, I want to settle some of your fears. I remember being scared to take this class years ago. I kept dreading that one semester where I would have to take producing. This wasn't because I didn't have any interest but rather I was just extremely nervous that I wouldn’t live up to everyone’s expectations. I did not have the confidence in myself that I could produce a successful newscast for ATVN. But, I have good news!

JOUR 403, as well as producing for ATVN, has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my college career. This class WAS challenging however, preparedness and a positive attitude will greatly benefit your learning experience.


1. Don't be afraid to ask questions! 

Asking questions has always been one of my insecurities when it comes to school. I felt that asking questions, whether it was to one of my peers or my professor, showed that I wasn't attentive in class. However, this is simply not true. Asking questions for further clarification will prove to really help you out in the long-run. Furthermore, problems can't be resolved without asking questions. Asking questions also shows curiosity and I think that is a very important quality to have when working in the newsroom. In the beginning of the semester, especially, I felt extremely clueless and unprepared; I felt my classmates had so much more experience. In the end, I learned that asking questions enhanced my learning, allowed me to learn from my mistakes, and finally enabled me to perform to the best of my ability.


2. Be prepared!

I can't express how important it is to KNOW THE NEWS. This may seem obvious but you should always know what's going on in the world, even if it's not your day to produce. Read different sites, don't just rely on one news source to get all your information. On your actual producing day, it's essential to be prepared to share your ideas with MJs and the other producers.


3. Get sleep and HAVE FUN! 

Again, another obvious piece of advice but trust me, you will forget the importance of getting to bed at a decent hour the night before your shift! Producing is extremely exhausting. Thankfully, the day goes by quickly but it is so important to take care of yourself. You might not get fresh air for about 12 hours so also make sure you bring plenty of water and food. It's important to be alert and aware of what's going on throughout the day. Again, as a producer, you are the leader of the show!

And…have fun! I was humbled to not only work with Stacy but the other producers as well. We never forgot to laugh and enjoy ourselves. Each producer I worked with became a close friend of mine, which made our 12-hour days that much more exciting. Make sure you take the time to get to know your team. Building relationships will make your work as a producer much easier.

Don't be afraid of this class or being in charge of producing a show. Have confidence in yourself and you will be surprised with the results.

Good luck and have fun!

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