Without strong teamwork, a newscast would never make it on air. Producing a 30-minute news show is no easy task. Every single person involved in the newscast provides for a piece of the show, making each one absolutely vital for the show.
Being in the Media Center frequently comes with the benefit of observing my classmates on a regular basis. Each of my classmates has grown as leaders and producers throughout this semester. It's been a rewarding experience to watch them realize how they can be the best producer they can be.
As my teammates and I have grown in our roles as producers in the Media Center, I've seen us all become leaders in different ways. Some of us are more willing to verbally take charge and be the vocal leader. Others are comfortable with leading by example and being a bit more on the quiet side. As a leader, I find myself in the middle, whichever side I lean to depends on what role I have for the day.
As the lead producer, I find it natural to be the vocal leader. It's a quality that's nearly inherently built into the position. As video or graphics producer, I tend to feel more comfortable leading by example and by teaching. I can delegate tasks to the multimedia journalists (MJs), but I try to do so in a way that teaches them something new with each shift.
For a team to be effective, investment is key. Investment comes in various forms when working in a team, but one type of investment that I've found to be quite valuable is to invest in the relationships with those working around me. It's important to get to know those around you. Of course, it's a necessity to know a journalist's name, but if you invest a bit of time each week to get to know those around you on more of a personal level, your team bonds and works better together as a unit.
In the various areas I work in the Media Center, one of the best examples of this is my group of MJs on Thursday afternoon. I had the benefit of knowing a couple of the MJs before the beginning of the semester, which helped to start the semester with a leg up. Even though I already knew a couple of them well, I made a point to get to know them better and to get to know their fellow MJs. Getting to know those around you, on a personal level, helps to make them feel involved and important. It helps them feel they're making an impact on the show. If you, as a producer, can make them feel comfortable, they'll be significantly more willing to buy into their shifts and continue to come back to the Media Center even after they've finished their class requirements.
I'm naturally an introverted person. As I started moving up in leadership positions in the Media Center, I quickly learned that I couldn't succeed if I didn't break away from my shy, introverted self and learn to be more outgoing. In my role as a producer this semester, one of my favorite takeaways has been the ability to meet so many people and get to know them. If someone were to have asked me as a freshman if I thought I'd be saying that as a senior, 18-year-old me would have laughed.
One thing that I do that I believe adds value to my team and show is my ability to remain calm, regardless of the craziness that's going on around me.
On Thursday, in the madness of the post-power outage coverage, a couple of the MJs sought me out in the Media Center for help on their stories. One MJ prefaced her request with how she knew I wasn't producing for the day, but she was still hoping that I could help her out while everyone else was running around. Another wanted my advice, saying that she trusted what I had to say and she knew I would be able to help her out.
The ability to remain calm is a valued skill in a newsroom. Just as a newsroom needs loud and outgoing voices, a newsroom needs quiet and calm voices to support the craziness of a newsroom.
One of the strengths of a newsroom is the plethora of skills and experiences that everyone brings to the newscast. The diversity of skills and insights help shape the show that we come together as a team to produce every day.