If you're the next group of producers, know that the semester won't be easy. Your production day will be both the longest and the shortest day of the week. At different points in the semester, there have been times when I felt my day-of-air shift was never going to end, but I realized that all of our hard work always pays off when the show goes live at 6 P.M.
Be sure to make use of your multimedia journalists and not feel afraid to ask them to go out of their way to report on a story. Often times, they are happy to do so. If there is anything I wish I knew before starting the semester, it would be to know how to find good stories to pitch the night before my day-of-air shift. There is a multitude of resources available to us to help find anything and everything going on in the surrounding area. You should also become familiar with different USC organizations, like the undergraduate student government (USG), the religious center, different cultural groups, and other campus organizations.
One thing you should always remember is that a newscast is a team effort; you will never be dealing with a problem on your own. You might feel like you have to be one of the main problem solvers, but everyone is always there to help.
Overall, this has been one of the hardest classes I've taken, but it is also the class where I have learned the most.