TOP 10 THINGS I HAVE LEARNED FROM TAKING DEVC 30, TWICE!
AND WHY I DON’T REGRET IT.
DEVCOM 30 IS A FUN SUBJECT. Trust me. Anyone who’s anyone, who has taken the subject, would tell you how fun, interactive and engaging the subject is. The broadcasting concepts, learning about the history and inventions that had lead to it and actually being able to manipulate the console and broadcast is a one kind exposure, development communication students are privileged to have experienced. Lucky enough for me, (Don’t ask why) I was blessed enough to actually take the subject twice, study for the same concepts twice and broadcast double times the fun and actually appreciate and absorb every lesson, detail that I have encountered. Not only that, I was also blessed to have taken the subject twice from the same professor, Sir Mark Chico.
I have always thought that I wouldn’t be able to have enough confidence to be featured on TV or any broadcast platform, but here I am having broadcasted 4 times and survived it.
PAK! PAK! GANERN?
Without any further, here are my Top 10 learnings from Devcom 30, Fundamentals of Community Broadcasting.
- * On Television, Radio Broadcasts and Movies* Celebrities, Hosts and Anchors are not the only people comprising the whole production. There are people designated with different roles that make up the whole show or production. It’s not just the people you see or hear. Trust me there are so much more happening that you and the audience are not aware of. There are the directors, producers, segment editors, technical crew, personal assistants and so much more. Don’t give so much credit to the beautiful faces you see on TV, there are more people working hard for that production.
- Content and Outlines/Rundowns is your best friend. Get to know the Rundown, befriend the rundown, live by the rundown. OR ELSE. Anyone who’s taken the course would surely be very familiar with the rundown sheet. Not only have you edited this more than 5 to 10 times but also have computed (ugh) the time frames more than you’ve ever seen your crush in a day. You’ve probably heard your recit teacher say “revise” more than 200 times. I have.
- Get to know the people behind the Development Broadcasting Department. You don’t know how much the Tito’s could save your life (and grades) and how much they could teach you as a broadcaster. The Tito’s, Tito Gaddi, and Kuya Ton would be your guide in producing the best broadcast you could ever make. Not only do they know, in great detail how to manipulate the console, they also are the best in making sure you learn and schedule on the right schedule. Lastly, they’re extremely nice and bubbly, so befriending them gives you so much and nothing to lose.
- A well planned and researched content, for broadcasting, is the best. No matter how many props you prepare, how beautiful the set and the costumes are, no matter who you invite to guest or appear on your show, a crammed content or unprepared broadcast would always be below a simple but well researched and planned show. No one would learn anything or be empowered by something that just pleases the eye. Prepare and be Ready! ALWAYS!
- Using past broadcasts and TV shows for inspiration is helpful! Previous broadcasts and shows are there for a reason. Use them to your advantage and learn how much you can improve and learn from their work. Some great productions are based from shows created years before they were even born. Watch and listen to those and try improving them and incorporating your own version to it. Find your ideal show, your peg and work on that.
- Knowing when to ask the right questions and what questions is crucial! An entire lecture about knowing what questions to ask and how to ask them was one of the highlights of the semester. A good interviewer makes good questions but the best interviews are always based on timing the right questions and engaging the interviewee to answer more than what is asked.
- Speaking clearly and effectively always gets the job done. Practice speaking in front of a mirror, record your voice, make scripts and read out loud, being a broadcaster is not only about the content and the research, one must know how to deliver his or her words clearly and effectively to fully achieve the goal or communicate with the audience without problems. Speaking is an art that we as Development Communicators should master and embrace. Never eat your words!
- Always and I mean ALWAYS, look your best. That includes wearing all the appropriate clothes and practicing proper hygiene. Come on people! Broadcasting would mean that other people would see you. They might not be able to smell you but nonetheless looking and being your best would do everyone a favor, especially your co-host or co-anchor. Here’s an example of practicing your best look.
- Confidence is key! Whether it is in the form of answering questions at the lecture class or knowing how to “rampa” it all you can when arriving late for class. Being confident in your own body, skills and knowledge would take you a long way. Also being a broadcaster and a communicator, one must always feel the confidence from within and let it shine out because a nervous and panicky reporter always shows and it is not really nice to watch someone mess up or space out because they’re nervous. Trust me! Everyone has been through the awkward phase and first time jitters. Embrace it and shine!
Be confident! Shine like Sir Chico and be the best you can be!
And last but not the least. . .
- Always stay positive and have an optimistic attitude. In the two semesters that I have taken under Sir Chico, I have never ever seen him in any way that would indicate distress or sadness. YES, all of us are humans and I believe Sir Chico must have felt sad one way or another in one of those days in the lectures but the thing I really look up about him is the fact that you would always see him smiling. Whether it is when you attend the lecture class, visit his office or see him around campus, expect that when you come across Sir Chico, he would be smiling at you. Positivity is very difficult to practice, especially when you have so many reasons to be unhappy or stressed. Academic, love life, work or family, the universe would always give us the extra challenge to overcome. Let’s face them head on with the idea of already winning. Learning how to be positive and optimistic despite all the problems is something that I would always attribute to Sir Chico.
“I’ll always remember all the chikka, work kwentos and hard work advice that I have learned from you sir! If you’re looking for someone to pass it all on to, I would love to learn more of the art from you! Anyway, I hope with this, I already prove how I have learned so much and say that I already need to move on from Devcom 30! More power and I hope I become your student again, of course in another subject! Thank you so much!