If you are reading this, there's a good chance you are enrolled in television news production or Journalism 403. This class is demanding mentally and emotionally, and it requires a lot of your time. It's all worth it. At the end of each week, you get another show under your belt, and you learn something about producing and yourself that you didn't know before. My advice for you is to be committed, ask questions, and don't be afraid to push back for what you want in your show.
Your teammates and multimedia journalists depend on you to show up on your producing day ready to lead. You need to be committed to being on time, keeping up with news, pitching stories, and thinking ahead. Your show is only as good as you make it. There are technical difficulties here and there, but for the most part, you and your team need to work together and be in a committed relationship. That means you communicate if something is going great and if something is wrong. Being committed in this class is crucial because things can fall apart if you're not. I never went out and partied the night before, and I never missed a show, EVER. I was reliable for my teammate and always showed up early. Our communication was a little slow in the beginning, but once I saw how fast the day goes by and how much we leaned on each other, communication became the key to everything.
I always felt intimidated and nervous to ask questions. I felt like I should know this, but it was my first time in the class, so there was no way I could have known any of it. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't suffer in silence. You are hurting the show, your team, and yourself. This is a learning environment; the professors, executive producers, and shadows are here to help YOU! They want you to succeed and discover if producing is a passion. Asking questions gave me so much relief because then I had answers and I could move the show forward. So much information is being thrown at you, and it takes time to process it all.
Fight for what you want. This is hard to do even if you consider yourself a confident person. The reason it's challenging is we all have a different idea of what's most important. We all come from different backgrounds and have different experiences. My best advice to you is to think about why you want something in the show and why it is worth fighting for. Make sure you consider visuals to help tell the story. Come up with a couple of reasons, because when you're asked why you put the story in the show, you have to answer for it. Looking back, I should have fought more for what I wanted in my show.
This class is hard, but it's so rewarding. Of all the classes I have taken at Annenberg this has been my favorite. I am a hands-on learner. This class has taught me so much about communication, teamwork, and producing a show. I left this class feeling more confident. I hope you take advantage of everything this class offers, and I hope you take it seriously.