At the start of the semester, this class can seem a bit intimidating. You're tasked with writing, editing, shooting, and creating a day-of-air newscast every week. There are a lot of people around to help, but at the end of the day it's your responsibility along with the other producers of the day. That can be difficult at times, but nothing beats that feeling at the end of the day when you see everything come together and your hard work pays off. You also learn a lot of skills in this class and gain experience that can help you get a job after graduation.
Something I wish I knew before taking this class is the amount of patience you need to have as a producer. Communication is key and you have to repeat yourself to different team members at times. You'll explain how to edit to multimedia journalists and remind them of the proper steps to upload video to the server. You have to be a mentor to some of the younger students in the Media Center so it's important you know what your doing.
Being organized is also an essential skill to have in this class. There are so many moving elements you are responsible for in the show that keeping track of everything seems impossible at times. If you create a system to keep tabs on all your responsibilities throughout the day (maybe a checklist or reminders on your phone), it can make a huge difference in your productivity. It will keep you more relaxed during your producing day as well.