The Media Center embodies teamwork. The newsroom wouldn't function without a dedicated group of students, faculty, and staff working together to produce the news. I add value to this team through my communication and organization skills. Every producer role I'm serving, whether it's lead, video, or graphics, requires me to communicate heavily with the other producers and constantly check in with them to get updates and make sure everything's going smoothly. I find I'm most successful with this as the video producer, when I spend most of the day in the edit bay working with multimedia journalists (MJs) and reporters to put together videos, sound, and packages for the show. While it would be easiest to stay tucked away in the edit bay with sound-cancelling earphones, I like to get up, stretch my legs, and update the lead producer every hour or so on what I have and what videos I'm about to finish and send to the server.
I wrote about how producing gave me a voice earlier in the semester, and that still rings true. Colin, Alex Bell, and I have all become better leaders throughout our time as producers for “See It Live.” We speak up, we give detailed instructions to MJs and anchors, and we discuss the show with our studio crew in the control room, all with smiles on our faces. Even when I’m stressed on Thursdays, I still feel a sense of pride in our show, and that excitement makes me want to continue improving my leadership skills every week. My next goal: to continue experimenting with creative shots so that everyone can experience something new and exciting next week.