All posts by Lisa Angell (Mattituck High School)

Making movies and reflections

Day 5 (Thursday): I finally got to edit a video! All week I have been waiting patiently to finally do what I came for. I’m pretty happy with the final product so if you’re reading this you should check it out.

The Dream Team (Collin, Laura, Lea and I) working on our sports story. Photo by Wasim Ahmad

I talked with Rebecca Anzel, editor of The Statesman. I was happy to hear she thought my video was very professional. I love it when hard work pays off. Following a long day of working on our projects all the girls stayed up till 2 a.m., which has become a regular routine this week.

Lisa Angell and Kayla Aponte sleeping. Photo Cred: Hanna Da'Mes
Kayla and I catching up on sleep (since we don’t sleep at night). Photo Cred: Hanna Da’Mes

We hung out in the lounge for a few hours and attempted to play BS and Duck, Duck, Goose with the math camp staying in our building. When the conference assistants eventually kicked us out of the lounge, all the girls talked and hung out, and of course played Cards Against Humanity again. I never thought such a unique group of people would be able to get along and bond so closely within just one short week. It is going to be sad to say goodbye on Saturday.

Day 6 (Friday): Leaving is getting kind of sad. Although I am excited to go home, sleep in my bed, use the bathroom in private, see my family and friends and eat good food, I am going to miss everyone here. I feel like I have made some great friendships over the past week.

Lisa Angell and Jacqueline Napolitano practice their broadcast skills in the School of Journalism's broadcast studio on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Photo by Wasim Ahmad.
Jacqueline and I in the broadcast studio. Photo by Wasim Ahmad

We just had a family pizza party and reflected on the program. Looking back, I had a great experience and wouldn’t have done it any different. Although at the moment I don’t see myself pursuing a career in journalism, I do think everything I’ve learned here will help me in life. Now I understand the demanding life of a journalist and respect them for their dedication to their careers.

I have so many great memories with unforgettable people. I have learned photography and improved my writing skills as well as developed an eye for news broadcasting, which will not only help me in my broadcast class but also in my future in film.

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The Greene Team #neverforget. Photo by Wasim Ahmad

To my fellow “journalists”: I love you all and hope that you reach your goals. I wish you all luck in college and pursuing your careers, in or out of journalism. I hope we have a reunion and hang out on the regular. It is because of all of you that I had such a fantastic experience here, so thank you. It has been an amazing week.

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New athletic director has high hopes for SBU sports

Shawn Heilbron already has big plans as the newly hired athletic director of Stony Brook University.

The university has made huge strides in athletics in recent years, climbing from Division III to Division I athletics, and Heilbron said he plans to continue building on this progress.

Keeping the students’ academic success in mind, Heilbron said his goal is to enhance football and basketball to bring in more revenue and more championships for all sports, including women’s.

Heilbron stresses the idea that his student athletes will be ready for life after college. His coaching staff is on board with this idea.


“We have coaches that are committed to doing it the right way, with integrity, with conviction, developing our student athletes,” he says. “They know it is a great academic institution and they don’t want to compromise that just to have success. They are committed to helping student athletes achieve their dreams.”

And Heilbron has a strategy to achieve this multifaceted strategy.

“I am committed to all of our sports having that same heightened experience,” Heilbron says, adding that to do this, he needs to raise money through the lucrative sports – football and basketball.

“I am committed to giving my student athletes the unbelievable experience they deserve. I believe one way we can do that is growing our football program. It’s a way we can increase campus pride, it’s a way we can increase additional revenue and invest back to all of our sports. . . To compete at the highest level takes incredible diligence and incredible commitment and it takes a plan.”

It will take Heilbron’s marketing and communications background to accomplish this goal.

“We have to get Stony Brook students really excited about what it means to come and support,” he said. “It’s not just about watching the game; it’s about the campus experience. It is about pride, so we need to reach out to the students, the campus community. It starts with a plan and a process and we will work very, very hard to start right here on campus and build up from there.”

Building up athletics programs will include boosting women’s sports.

“We plan to grow women’s sports just the same as any other sport,” Heilbron said. “It starts with opportunities, it starts with making sure that we are funding our programs properly so they have opportunities to succeed.”

Increased revenue from football games will improve athletics all around, Heilbron says.

“If football does make the jump to the FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) level, that would mean adding women’s sports because of Title IX, which is an exciting thing to think about,” he says. “We just hired a new women’s basketball coach who I am very excited about. And with the new (basketball) arena, we feel like women’s basketball has a chance to do some great things.”

Heilbron said he plans not only to raise money, but also to win championships: “We care more about winning, we care more about them lifting trophies.”

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Day 4 (Wednesday): Today was field trip day. We left the newsroom, a rarity. In the morning we went to Studio B to learn about broadcast. I rocked the teleprompter while we put on a news report. Apparently, that is the highest position I could ever receive in broadcast. I was told my messy camp hair was not acceptable for in front of the camera when it was my turn to anchor. Following broadcast, we attended Newsday for insight from on-the-job reporters and editors. Hearing everyone’s stories of how they ended up at Newsday was so interesting. While at Newsday, the Greene Team received another shirt from Kidsday. Being the immature dorks that we are, Reid and I tied them around our necks like capes. Reid said he was Superwoman, so he has that going for him.

Reid and I putting our new shirts to good use. Photocredit: Laura Fallick
Reid and I putting our new shirts to good use.
Photo credit: Laura Fallick

After Newsday we were off to see the Ducks to report on the game. My team’s angle was “Is America’s favorite pastime alive and well?” After interviewing dozen adorable kids we came to the conclusion that although other sports on the island are becoming more popular than in previous generations, Baseball is still a big part of the American sports culture and will be for years to come. I can’t wait to start writing and editing the video package. Becoming more sleep deprived everyday, I couldn’t wait to get back in bed.

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Hanna Da'Mes

Hanna Da’Mes: Writing is easier than talking

Hanna Da’Mes, a rising junior at Riverhead High School, had her interest in journalism sparked by her school newspaper.

“I decided to join the club because I already knew of my love for writing,” she said. Before she knew it, she was the president and editor of her online school newspaper, Riptide.

Hanna undoubtedly has a passion for writing, saying “I like writing because for me it is easier than talking, easier to get my point across in the right way without holding back or freezing up.” She added, “I started to love writing about five years ago, but didn’t realize how much until two years ago.”

She said she especially loves writing fiction and fantasy in short stories, poems and prompts for her creative writing class at school. Hanna has even written introductions and outlined ideas for longer stories and novels. Hanna’s mother, Shana Fink, has seen Hanna’s work.

“She writes stories that captivate the reader,” she said. “Hanna is very inquisitive and honest. She is thorough in whatever she does.”

Hanna has started to expand her writing repertoire by investigating a journalistic path.

“I first was interested in journalism in ninth grade,” she said. “I wanted to explore all aspects of writing.”

Her newspaper club supervisor, Martin Faint, a former journalist, encouraged her to apply to the Greene Institute. In the program, Hanna hopes to learn more about broadcasting. “I have no experience in it,” she said. “I would also like to learn about video editing and other technological aspects of journalism.”

Hanna said her favorite aspect of journalism is that it shines light on the truth, giving people new perspectives and hopefully aiding others. “I like how journalism is not only hard facts, but opinions and angles, and I love how articles tell others of the good and bad in the world, whether it be global events or little acts of generosity and kindness,” said Hanna.

Thanks to the Internet, the world of journalism is evolving, including Riverhead High School’s online newspaper. Hanna enjoys being able to learn and interact with people from all over the world using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. “I think it is good because it is a great way to be informed of all other cultures, philosophies, and ideas.”

Along with writing, her dream career would be in stage acting. She has been acting for about six years and has been involved in shows such as The Wiz, Fiddler on the Roof and Tom Sawyer. Besides her school drama club, next year she hopes to become a member of the chamber choir as well.

Hanna’s mom says she is excited for Hanna to attend the program.

“I am happy she is on the Greene Team so she can see all the avenues journalism has to offer,” she said.

Although Hanna may not see herself as a future journalist, she says she is “willing to learn more about it, so that maybe it could be a sort of back-up plan. I do enjoy writing, however, and I would like a career that entails some form of it.”

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Hanna, Sharon and Kayla (from left) helping me practice depth of field

Photography and Murphy’s Law

Day 2 (Monday continued): Tired as anything, the day continued as we embarked on our first photography lesson with John Conrad Williams. He taught us all about exposure and within a few short hours we were taking photographs like professionals (and modeling not so much like professionals). Leaping and jumping around in the quad trying to get a good action shot with Kayla was definitely a highlight of the day.

Kayla "Jumping for Joy" while I captured the action shot
Kayla “Jumping for Joy” while I captured the action shot
Our endless day was followed by dinner, where mac and cheese seemed like the most appetizing option. I got to know a few more of the Greene Team members over our “delicious” dinners. After dinner we got a video lesson from Rick Ricioppo where we learned the importance of angling and layers (like an onion). “Shrek is love, Shrek is life.” That is my new motto. Our day of work ended with the announcement of our groups. My group-mates are Lea Greene, Colin Maloney, and Laura Fallick. I am excited to find out what our assignments are for the rest of the week. When we arrived back at the dorms all the girls joined in for another game of Scattergories (with snacks). The Greene Team is becoming closer by the hour. I can’t imagine having to leave some of them at the end of the week.

Day 3 (Tuesday): And so our sleep-deprived week continues. I think I finally know everyone’s name. Once again we had a photography lesson with John Conrad Williams. We learned depth of field and how to take a good portrait.

Hanna, Sharon and Kayla (from left) helping me practice depth of field
Hanna, Sharon and Kayla (from left) helping me practice depth of field
Kayla and I aced it as always. Afterwards we started on our assignments. My team and I attended a cancer graduation scholarship ceremony on campus and reported (at least attempted.) And just like always- whatever could have gone wrong, went wrong. The lighting was too dark in the building, so as the reporting photographer I was rendered pretty much useless. Then when I went to edit the video my team had captured (which I have been looking forward to all day) the video did not transfer to the computer! So my lesson for the day: technology will never work the way you want it to; Murphy’s Law: what can go wrong will go wrong. Well at least it is a learning experience.

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Scattergories makes fast friends

Day 1 (Sunday): Arriving at Stony Brook, anxious and excited for the week that lies ahead, I move into my room and exchange goodbyes with my parents and sister. I am left alone in an unfamiliar place with very unfamiliar people. One would think it would take at least a full 24 hours to make friends. But no, it took a slice of pizza and a game of Scattergories.

So meet the Scattergories crew: my roommate Hanna Da’Mes, who I had only briefly texted before the program, Kayla Aponte, one of my dad’s former students from Longwood, and her roommate Sharon Ahmed. Soon we were joking around like old friends. I never thought it would be such an easy adjustment being put in a place with complete strangers. Soon enough I was being my goofy self with people who turned out to be quite similar to myself. I never thought four girls could hit it off so fast and so well. We stayed up later than we would like to admit and mingled with some of our fellow journalists.

Day 2 (Monday): Due to the time we all went to bed, the 7 a.m. wake up call wasn’t anyone’s cup of tea. I am not a morning person, so waking up in an uncomfortable bed at the crack of dawn (by my definition) was practically torture. Early morning breakfast with the New York Times was definitely a first. I am looking forward to getting our group assignments tonight along with hopefully another game of late night Scattergories. The week is off to an enjoyable start with some pretty fantastic people.

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