First of all, the first thing I learned was that you need to be prepared! For example, before you start to do anything like filming, interviewing, or editing, you need to think about what important things you need to do to make your project the best. Take a few minutes to come up with some kind of game plan for your project. In addition, think of things like what questions you're going to ask for interviews, think of what shots you need for your project, and also how are you going to make your project interesting through editing. Also, another way you need to be prepared is to double-check your equipment. Make sure that you have all the equipment you need, make sure the equipment are working, check if the batteries are full, and even pack some extra batteries just in case.
Next, I learned that one thing you need to have is good time management. Time management is a big factor during this challenge. At the practice, you had 2 hours to film and 3 hours to edit. That is a very little time. Also, you need to have good time management of deadlines. Deadlines is something that everyone hates in this challenge. I heard that if you are seconds too late, the judges will disqualify you.
Last but not least, this is a team effort. This project is not done by yourself, it is done by a team. If one person does the project all by themselves, it will be more difficult for everyone and the the project won't turn out the best it could be. But, I learned that when teams work together and cooperate, then it will be easier and less stressful to do the project and the project will turn out better.
In conclusion, this STN practice helped me so much to give me a taste on what the real thing is going to be like at the real STN, and it helped me prepare for it too. I learned to be prepared, have good time management, and have good team work while doing this project, and the students in my media class who read this, I hoped it will help you too! :)