I think the most important thing I learned this time around was that even though it seems annoying to just randomly ask if you can interview someone, it's actually not. People are more than willing to talk and have their voices heard and I just loved my article this time because it didn't feel forced. I had all the information I needed just by letting the people I talked to... talk!
I also took my experience from the last issue and made sure I wasn't as crammed as last time. Deadline means have it checked a thousand times before the day and have it ready ASAP. There was also a lot less copy editing done to my paper this time because I learned what I did wrong last time.