As the week nears a close, work on The Greene Gazette has been chugging right along. Yesterday was devoted to newsroom work: calling sources, working on videos and writing, writing, writing.
I had the opportunity to go into the sound booth and record the tracks that will play over our broadcast piece on new campus cop cars. Being in there was both super cool and super weird—does anyone’s recorded voice actually sound that way in real life? I’m concerned.
(Funny enough, my family tried to FaceTime while I was in the booth and got a quick tour of the sound system and downstairs newsroom before I had to get back to work. So really, the day was filled with writing and a quick update on why my parents should not have bought a huge sound system for my brother.)
I also had the opportunity to get the profile I’d written on Reid, edited by Newsday copy editor Goodwin Anim. The experience was so valuable, since he really broke down what I did right in addition to what needed to be fixed.
It was a serious and authentic newsroom today—the clacking of keys sounding throughout.
I actually managed to finish my written assignments relatively early in the evening and was able to leave the newsroom to get “man on the street” interviews with the help of Frank Posillico, an online photo editor for the New York Daily News.
That trip was definitely the highlight of the day. I got to explore the campus a bit and hear more about the field from Frank. That late in the evening, most students weren’t milling around the library and lounge, but we were able to get two pretty good interviews (though most people we asked turned us down…hmph).
(The last student interviewed gave such a perfect soundbite, it was like a hallelujah chorus started playing when he spoke.)
It was a great little trip around campus—which, as I’ve noted in nearly every blog post, is really so pretty—and I learned a lot talking to Frank.
Back in the newsroom, it was time for my piece to be edited in preparation for publication. Certainly a valuable experience in journalistic form and proper style, but I don’t think I have it in me to be a real-deal journalist, seeing as every time a sentence I liked was cut, I gave a little internal scream of “nooooooo!”
It’s been a learning experience all around. We’re back at it again today to pull it all together before the site goes live tomorrow, and then it’s off to Stony Brook’s film festival.