In sports, when you know and like your teammates
, the result typically shows in the box score. There's more chemistry, cohesiveness and communication. And practicing and playing are definitely more fun.
I try to have that same mentality when producing. With my fellow producers, along with anchors, reporters, MJs (students working for class requirements), faculty advisors, the studio crew and volunteers throughout the day, our broadcast team ends up being several dozen people. Because of that, it's hard to know and like everybody. That's just natural.
But I think the longer this semester has gone on, the more my producers and I have gotten better at that, which I think is really important. I want everybody on my team to be comfortable coming up to me, knowing my name, and asking me a question. I believe I've made a thorough and successful effort helping to create these types of relationships. I'm not saying everyone is my best friend. Again that's just not feasible. But I do believe everyone who helps put the Monday show together has a level of comfort with one other, and our product reflects that.
In terms of
my co-producers and me specifically, without a doubt we help each other throughout the day and during the live show. We have our respective roles (lead, video and graphics) but a lot of times there has to be some overlap. There isn't any complaining, no "well that's not my job" type of talk. Because at this point, we all understand the struggles that each role can present. We've all been there several times.
Something I can touch on, in particular, is timing the show—in other words, making sure we stay on time so the show ends right before 6:28:30, when the final commercial break starts. This had been a common problem for us during the first few weeks of the semester, but one we've gotten a much better grasp of by helping one another. For example, two weeks ago while Christi
was lead, she had to add in some breaking news to the show as well as make some other changes in the scripts, but we were running a bit over. Even though I was the graphics producer, I took on the responsibility of looking at stories we could float to save time, communicated them to her, then in turn she made the necessary call to remove those stories and we ended on time.
Then yesterday, while I was lead producer and Scott was video producer, I needed to add in a breaking update on the San Bernardino shooting. While I was writing that, Scott kept a firm eye on the clock. As it turns out we didn't need to make any changes other than to tell our anchors to read quickly, but it was definitely nice knowing someone was helping take care of that.
These are clear instances of teamwork by our producing team. Without it, the show wouldn't be nearly as good. And to be honest, our time issues would probably persist, too.