When producing ATVN (a.k.a. Annenberg TV News), it can sometimes feel as though you need to be in two places at once. Scratch that. When producing ATVN, it can feel like you need to be in 10 places at once. So, how can I help try to make the impossible possible? One word: teamwork.
After reflecting on the past few weeks of producing ATVN, I’ve learned a lot about the importance of communication in adapting to new work environments. ATVN is a team effort, which means being on the same page as your team is key. So, instead of feeling like I need to be at 10 places at once, I know that part of having a team is working together to make our day run as smoothly as possible.
Communication is always something to improve on in the workplace. We’ve had days when our communication is strong and days when we are off. Getting in a rhythm with your team is important and can only be done if you are in constant communication with each other. But, what does this really mean? Communication in the newsroom (or any office environment you are in) means knowing what needs to be done, who is doing it, and when it will be finished. Throughout the rest of the semester, I want to improve my team’s communication, from producers to anchors to multimedia journalists.
The more experience you gain with your co-workers, the more you learn about your team and everyone’s individual strengths. As a producer for ATVN, I’m learning how to utilize our strengths and help improve our weaknesses. This skill is invaluable, as the professional world challenges you to adapt to new work environments and learn quickly how to work with your team. At the end of the day, your team is there to support you and help you achieve your goals. In my case, my goal every week is to create an innovative and informative 28 minute and 30 second newscast, and I couldn’t do it without my team.