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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

It's about quality, not quantity

It's important to keep in mind that producers should choose quality over quantity.  As a producer, I would rather have fewer stories that are well-written, than many stories that are poorly written.  Therefore, it's important to make sure each story is updated throughout the day and edited by multiple people.

Team Monday had a lot of stories to cover this week.  Our lead story was about the USC student who had died on 29th street.  Throughout the day, our team was trying to get a hold of LAPD or DPS to gather more information on the death.  However, it wasn't until ten minutes before the show started that officials were finally able to provide us with the student's name.  With this new information, we were able to update the script, which in turn was able to improve the quality of the newscast.

Additionally, I noticed several scripts hadn't been written by the time I had arrrived at the booth.  I was able to go through the entire newscast and catch mistakes that Sarah and Steven hadn't noticed back in the newsroom.  Thankfully, we were able to get the rest of the scripts written on time.

Overall, it's important to make sure that we produce a high quality newscast.  I was proud that we were able to identify the student who had died in this week's lead story, and that we were one of the first media outlets to break the story.  By updating this story with new information, we were able to improve the overall quality of the newscast.  

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