To the next generation of ATVN producers,
Wow. I can't believe it's over. I loved both lead and video/graphics producing, but I'm actually in love with the former.
I live inside my head and have pretty bad anxiety, and while you'd think producing would stress me out even more (because anyone will tell you it can get very stressful), it actually was incredibly therapeutic. If you put all of your focus into finessing your rundown to (almost) perfection, it takes your mind off of whatever else may be bothering you in your life. And let me tell you, seeing the end result of your hard work at 6 p.m. is the most relieving, rewarding thing ever. Even if there are mistakes.
Building a newscast is like putting together a giant puzzle. Sometimes, that puzzle has pieces that don't fit and have to be thrown out, and if you're not careful, you might lose some pieces and leave holes. Everyone, including multimedia journalists, producers, our advisors and the day's executive producer, build this puzzle while figuring out the best way to communicate and decide what pieces go where. So, the most important thing to do when you're producing is NOT to let ANY of those puzzle pieces leave your sight. In fact, you need to know every single one like the back of your hand.
It's paying attention to details and being meticulous about everything that drives your success as a producer. I love to go fast. If I've visualized what I want in a show and can imagine the flow in my head, I create a rundown structure in minutes. That's what I did at the beginning, at least. I quickly learned that being fast doesn't cut it, because I was leaving out essential pieces, and details were flying over my head. Don't be like that. Go line by line, story by story, and don't let stuff fall through the cracks.
Communicate, take deep breaths, and remember that this is a learning experience. Don't be too hard on yourself or others. Stay humble. Don't have a stick up your butt. Learn what your best leadership style is. And appreciate every second of getting to know the people around you who are working towards the same goal as you are, because they just might become some of your greatest friends.