As the old saying goes, "there's no 'I' in 'team.'" From sports to politics to news, this saying can relate to many aspects of our lives. During the Dodgers' recent World Series loss to the Astros, fans were quick to blame pitcher, Yu Darvish. It appeared many fans forgot about the lack of performance from the team's four best players – Justin Turner, Yasiel Puig, Corey Seager, and Cody Bellinger. The Dodgers let 10 players on base in the final World Series game. Baseball is not a one-man sport. It takes everyone to win a game. If one falters, the team needs to back him up. The same applies with a newsroom.
Working in any newsroom, including the Annenberg Media Center (MC) is a team effort. Producing for Annenberg Media this semester has taught me the importance of working with others, and especially with those who come from different backgrounds than me. Whether someone grew up in the south, believes in another God, is of a different race, or grew up speaking another language, they are all contributors to the great journalism produced in the MC.
Just this week, I had the pleasure of working with three peers who speak English as a second language. At first, I was slightly nervous to assign them various roles, as I felt a lack of communication due to the language barrier could significantly get in the way of what needed to get done. I could not have been more wrong. These students wrote concise scripts, made clear on-screen graphics, and edited video to perfection.
From movies to social apps to news programs, media influences our lives on a daily basis. The up-and-coming generations of consumers are more diverse than ever. Even though our world is comprised of various shapes and colors for millennia, many groups of people have not been adequately represented or fairly portrayed in our media. This is why diversity now is more important than ever.
Because of experiences like the one referenced above, slowly, we are starting to see a more realistic society showcased in modern media. There is such a beauty in working in the Annenberg MC; students of all backgrounds work together for a common cause. The end goal is to create the best show possible. Working as one team to make the product the best it can possibly be is why the MC flourishes the way it does. Instead of using our differences to divide us, we succeed in using our differences to offer various perspectives, thereby thriving at what we do, and remembering that "there is never an 'I' in 'team.'"