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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

The Final Newscast

The time has come to say goodbye to another successful semester at ATVN. I've learned so much during my time as a producer, and am happy to share a few tips with the newest production class, to help them in their journey of leading ATVN.

Always stay organized! When you're hearing back from reporters about what elements they have for their packages, write them down on a piece of paper. It makes it much easier to explain the rundown to anyone else who has questions, and it helps you stay on track. You'll look at that paper about 100 times during the day, and having everything in one place just leaves you with one less thing to do.

Remember to communicate! No one else can read your mind, so if you need help or need something to get done, tell your other producers. You're all in this together, and you really need to rely on each other. I got so lucky having Caroline and Elisabeth as my co-producers; they were always on top of things and there when I needed them. Having two other producers makes the job easier, and having good communication all during the day between you all will just make the newscast go smoother.

Give your MJs and volunteers responsibility! They want to learn-so teach them! Tag them onto someone else's work if there'e something they don't know, or give them new things to do that they haven't before. That's what turns these younger kids into the best journalists, when they are constantly trying new things and being held accountable for the work they do.

Remember that each person is important to the show! The show wouldn't go on without the teleprompter people, camera crew, director, etc. Each person is crucial to the show, and all deserve the same amount of respect.

And finally, never stop learning. Don't assume you ever know all you'll ever need to know, because that's crazy! You can always learn more, and from everyone. Listen to everyone's ideas, respect your colleagues and always do your best. Production was such an interesting class for me, and learning to produce was an amazing experience. Good luck to the next group of producers- you all will do great!

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