Your broadcast staff is a team, right? We all like to preach “team” to students in an effort to get them on board with our common purpose: To produce a great show.
So what if we did what professional sports leagues do, and named a Most Valuable Player each year?
What makes a student “most valuable” on your staff? Most Valuable Players elevate the entire team with their contributions day-in and day-out. These are people who excel in big ways, and little ways, and make a strong, positive difference.
This includes, but is not limited to:
*Patting other staff members on the back when they need it or deserve it
*Leading by example, by meeting all deadlines
*Showing respect to the adviser by listening in class instead of constantly texting or ignoring discussions
*Acting as an ambassador for your program, talking it up to younger students
*Coming up with projects to tackle when they have their assigned work completed
*Watching and listening for story ideas constantly
*Paying attention to the world outside their bubble, including world, national and regional events
*Taking care of equipment in the field and in the studio
*Never refusing to do the “small jobs” that have to be done
Notice I did not include “wins awards and brings recognition to your staff.” That might be valuable, but is it “MOST” valuable?