Producing ATVN for a whole semester has been a whirlwind, and I've learned so much in the process. All of you in JOUR 403 are in for an exciting (and often hectic) few months.
First of all, don't panic. Even though I had plenty of previous experience working at ATVN, the thought of spending a whole day producing the half hour newscast and keeping track of so many people and tasks was very overwhelming. Take it one step at a time and know that you will learn a little more each week.
Communication is the MOST important skill you can bring to this job. You'll be surprised how much easier producing gets as you learn how to best communicate with everyone on your team. This all starts with your producing team. Remember that as producers you are all there to support one another. Even though you have different responsibilities, you must check in with each other to understand what you can do to work together to put on a great show. Multimedia journalists (MJs) are also a huge asset to your team. Be patient with them, and take the time to adequately teach them the skills they need to succeed in the media center. This will make both of your jobs easier, and it will make them feel accomplished and excited to come in for their shift every week. In addition to being attentive to your MJs, it is also important that you remain in constant contact with your reporters. As a producer, it is your job to support your reporters and offer all the guidance that you can. Make sure you stay updated on their progress and know what elements they've collected for their stories in order to produce the best packages possible. Also communicate thoroughly with your live shot reporters about your expectations for them and about the logistics of their situation. I recommend creating a group text including the reporter, the TVU operator, the executive producer, the lead producer and the directors so you all stay on the same page when coordinating the live shot. Communication is essential. If you ever ask yourself the question, "should I go over and talk to that MJ?" or "should I reach out to that reporter?" the answer is always yes.
Always produce work that will make you proud. Spend time on your story pitches for the day. Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with good story ideas, but producing a show with stories that mean something to you and your audience is always worth it in the end. Try to be creative and thoughtful in everything you do.
Best of luck! Remember to stay calm, work hard and be kind to everyone.