Today’s subject is whether or not teamwork is important in journalism. To me, the answer is obvious, of course journalism requires teamwork. When putting out a newspaper you have several different positions on your staff and if you didn’t need team work then you might as well have one person do everything. And that would be absolutely impossible!
While each person in the newspaper has their own individual job, by deadline night everybody’s ideas must come together cohesively to make a polished finished product. The writers must work with the editors to perfect their articles, photographers must work with editors so that pictures can be added to the paper, and everybody must work together to create a functioning layout and something that the world will want to read!
If your team doesn’t have the essential skill of teamwork than everything will fall apart and come the end of the day, week, or month you’re crappy looking newspaper will still have to be published. Like most people, when my name is on something I want it be impressive, I want to have given it 100% of my best effort, and be proud of what I am showing my community. However, my article won’t look good unless the newspaper does, editing has been done, and pictures are added to spice things up.
In a nutshell TEAMWORK IS VITAL TO A NEWSPAPER. Therefore, all journalism teams should probably attend a teambuilding conference, preferably in a beautiful place! 😉 Marin Headlands would be good, or maybe we could all spring for a trip to Hawaii… Now wouldn’t that be nice?