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Just Keep Swimming

Last night's show was awesome! 

The theme of the night was live; we had a live stand-up, a live interview, and a live in-studio performance by the USC Marching Band! Ending with the live music felt very TODAY Show-ish... and I loved it!

Team Wednesday with the USC Marching Band
Team Wednesday with the USC Marching Band

It was exciting to add all of the these new elements to the show, and if you had told me a month ago that we would be trying all of this, I probably would have been terrified. There were also aspects of the show that definitely could have gone smoother, but each week is a learning lesson. My fellow producers and I have tried to really learn from the past week's mistakes, and I think yesterday was the first time all of our hard work finally came together.

With that being said, there is always room for improvement. What I learned yesterday is that we totally have the capabilities to go above and beyond a typical, routine newscast, and that if we have the confidence in ourselves, we can impress our viewers with elements they have never seen from ATVN before.

Moving forward, I want to have as many live guests and interviews as possible. Of course, I want them to be relevant to the newscast, but I think a live Q & A with someone following a story can really perk up a show. I also want to incorporate a live debate into a newscast, so I will be looking for stories that have two defined sides, and hopefully find opinionated representatives to come onto the set. And, as I found out yesterday, live music is very entertaining, so I think adding that whenever appropriate will entice viewers to stay tuned. 

I have completely changed the way I watch the news. I am constantly observing different networks, trying to grab as many ideas for our own show as possible. I want the viewers to enjoy watching the show, and I know if we just keep pushing ourselves a little bit more each week, we are going to continuously produce beautiful broadcasts. 

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