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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Dear Future Producers...

Dear Future Producers, 

I remember sitting in your seat not too long ago ready to figure out what it meant to produce a newscast. This is my advice to you as you begin this amazing journey.

1. Listen and take notes. 

As you begin to make your way through the producing rotations, listen to everything you can about how to do things. Even though you have the title of a certain producer, you still contribute to everything. Putting on a show is a team effort and the first couple of weeks are there for you to listen to learn how to do things. Looking back, I wish I took more notes during the first couple of weeks. There are so many little things you will forget... like how to make an ANCG, stream the 1pm, or where to put a macro. Although you can ask your other producers for help if you forget, it is best to strive to know everything! 

2. Be prepared. 

Come in every morning knowing what is happening in the world. Not only do you have to know it for a quiz, but you need to always stay up-to-date on what is going on. My advice, spend time each day reading the news or subscribe to news app alerts on your phone. Therefore, if breaking news is happening, you will be one of the first to know.

3. Work as a team.

I can't tell you how important it is to work as a team. Yes you have MJs that have never been in a newsroom before shooting footage or writing copy for your show. GET TO KNOW THEM. They are learning for the first time so be patient and understanding. You are the leaders in the newsroom and when you create a positive environment, you will get them excited about working on a story. Also, after the first couple of weeks they like to hide or spend an hour getting lunch. Be sure to keep track of what everyone is doing in the newsroom.

4. Have Fun! 

Yes this is a stressful job, but if you come in with a positive attitude and are excited to be there, so will your team around you. You are learning and this is a class, but it can be so fun. Don't be afraid to experiment with the show and do something different! Remember, you are the audience… what would you want to see?

5. Lunch is a keyword.

I don't know how many times I asked my team members what they wanted for lunch. Instantly, this word brings a smile to so many faces. Use it. Often.  

Good luck future producers and take in every moment of it!

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