Leadership Application

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Leadership Theory Application in a News Team

The organization I used to work for, as a news reporter, is News 3 New Mexico production team in KENW TV-3, public broadcasting facility in Portales, New Mexico. KENW offers professional equipment and first-class facilities to students majoring in broadcast production and journalism at Eastern New Mexico University. News 3 New Mexico is a student-produced nightly live newscast, which airs Monday through Wednesday at 5 p.m. Students work there, some as paid employees and some as unpaid volunteers gain hands-on experience in production, news reporting, graphics, directing and audio. It is a highly team-oriented working environment that everybody’s contribution and cooperation are critical to produce a successful newscast. Usually, there are around 15 students working in the news production team who act different roles such as news director, producer, anchor, news reporter, audio/video director, cameraman and floor director etc. Our faculty supervisor - Mr. Kirby along with two news directors act as team leaders. They distribute everyone’s work and direct in live production. Unfortunately, since the first day I joined this team, I realized the leadership problem is such an obvious issue and almost everyone there can identify and feel the tension and stress in news team. The overall working environment makes employees uncomfortable and unhappy. More specifically, there are two problems that I can identify with. First of all, news director and supervisor maintain tight control over student employees; sometimes even try to motivate them through fear, and make decisions in an autocratic style, eliciting little input from their subordinates. Every morning, news producer and director will assign student employees what story to work on and in which format. During a live newscast preparing and…...

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