All posts by Madison Flotteron (Bay Shore High School)

It’s been real, Greene Team

 

Will definitely miss the photography class
I will definitely miss the photography lessons.

Last night, Professor Wasim and I had a heart to heart. We shared our opinions on journalism and he told me all about his job. We came to an understanding of how we both have different opinions on the field and we respect each other’s differing ones. I am not going to completely rule out journalism as a profession, but I do want to explore other options.

On the way back from working in the newsroom last night, Hanna Da’Mes, Sharon Ahmed, Dan Walocha, Kelly Colligan, Reid Rubio, Kayla Aponte and I played tag as we walked to the dorms. It was a lot of fun, but I thought one of us would trip in the dark—good thing that didn’t happen!

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The CAs were really laid back last night because they let us all hang out in the lounge an hour past our curfew. We hung out with the math kids in the lounge and they were so much fun! They left today, so we are all really going to miss them tonight.

This morning we worked on our video footage and by early afternoon my team and I were all done. I really like how it came out and the four of us worked very well together.

Lunch today was a nice change because we had pizza in a conference room. I was running out of ideas for wrap creations in the cafeteria so that took the pressure off. At lunch it hit us how we are all going to miss each other.  The Greene Team got so close in such a short period of time. I know that we will all stay in touch even when the program ends.

I am looking forward to seeing the movie tonight at the Film Festival. I think it will be a wonderful way to end the camp with all of us hanging out together.

I hope that the friendships I made this week last for a long time. I met some really amazing people and I will miss each and every one of them.

It’s been real, Greene Team!

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Family reunion, the sweet escape and an enlightening realization

Tuesday night was a lot of fun. We stayed up until 2 a.m. playing Cards Against Humanity. One of the CAs (the one that played Disney music in the shower) joined us, too. Her name is Nujbat Meraji or Nuji for short. She is so nice and was a lot of fun to hang out with for the night.

Madison
Madison Flotteron in the School of Journalism broadcast studio on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Photo by Wasim Ahmad.

The following morning we went to the TV studio at Stony Brook and did practice broadcasts. This was my favorite because I love being in front of a camera. It gives me such a rush and I enjoy seeing how the videos turn out in the end. It’s amazing how much goes on in a broadcast. There is never a dull moment when putting a broadcast together because there is so much teamwork. Everyone needs to help each other into making the broadcast a success.

Later that day made Wednesday the best day of camp. We finally were able to leave the campus. The lack of freedom here is really getting to me, so I really appreciated the field trip that took place.

Running around at the Ducks Game
Running around at the Ducks Game

Visiting Newsday was fun because I found my uncle, Pat Mullooly, who works for Kidsday. I hung out with him for a bit and he gave everyone Kidsday T-shirts. He also took me around Newsday on my own and I was able to see all of the interesting people who work on the paper.

Selfies at Kidsday with the one and only Uncle Pat
Selfies at Kidsday with the one and only Uncle Pat

One of the speakers at Newsday helped me realize that this career isn’t for me. He said that if you want to make money this isn’t the job for it. It hit me that I’d rather make a lot of money than broadcast everyday. I think that broadcasting will get old pretty quickly because I am starting to get sick of it from just a week of camp.

I was really excited that we were going to a Ducks Game because I really wanted to watch the game and have fun with the Greene Team. Silly me! I did not even get a chance to sit down in our seats and I don’t even think I saw the game at all. We had to work the WHOLE time!!

I thought this was going to be the one fun day before we dove into finishing all the work. I did not find it necessary to work the whole game because the footage just got repetitive. On top of that, we didn’t even stay all nine innings, resulting in us missing the fireworks show that was supposed to take place after the game.

When we finally finished the broadcast.
When we finally finished the broadcast.

The trip wasn’t a total bust though because Reid Rubio, Noelia Vazquez, Hanna Da’Mes, Yardalie Daniel and I went inside the Ducks’ bouncy house! Yes, we sound like we’re 10 years old, but it was the most fun thing about this week. It was the most exercise we got in a while too because we’ve been cooped up in the newsroom all week. The people working the bouncy house were very nice letting us in because it is generally for younger kids.

Inside the bouncy house there was a slide, also. Those three minutes in the bouncy house were the highlight of this week. We were finally able to let loose and just enjoy each other.

We like tall trophies
We like tall trophies

I found out last night that I can’t have journalism as a career. I cannot imagine missing out on every event I go to because I need to cover a story on it. Last night was a real eye-opener and I want to find another career.

Overall, I do still enjoy broadcasting, but I think I want to find something else as a profession. I will still keep up with the world of journalism, but I will most likely minor in it rather than have it as a major in college.

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Lisa Angell

Lisa Angell: In it for the story

Telling stories is what sparked young Lisa Angell’s interest in the field of journalism.

“I was always watching the news and I naturally liked being in the loop,” said Lisa.

Lisa attends Mattituck High School, where she was a part of the school newspaper for her freshman and sophomore years. She then realized her love for film and transferred to her school’s broadcasting class for her junior year. Lisa plans to continue her study of news broadcasting into her senior year.

“It is by far my favorite class,” Lisa said. “It has made me love film editing even more.”

Lisa found out about the Greene Institute from her sister, Christine, who attended in 2011. “She had such a great experience I wanted to apply as well,” she said. Getting into the Greene program is one of Lisa’s biggest accomplishments in her journalism career so far, she said.

“Lisa is really driven and passionate about everything she does,” said Christine Angell, now a rising senior at Fairfield University in Connecticut. “When Lisa decides to do something she always follows through in a big way. I think that kind of energy is great for the program.”

Television has always been Lisa’s favorite journalistic medium.  “My career goal is to become an editor for TV or movies,” Lisa said. “If somehow I could find a way to incorporate journalism whether it be through news or documentary style pieces, that would be fantastic to bring all my interests together.”

Lisa’s broadcast journalism teacher, John Roslak, said he is impressed by her enthusiasm when it comes to helping others.

“How does Lisa contribute? How does she not — would be a simpler question,” Roslak said. “Lisa is one who is called upon continuously as fellow students know when they need something done, she will do it without hesitation.”

Besides journalism, Lisa plays volleyball, basketball and softball at the varsity level. She is the captain of her softball team and is the head pitcher. Lisa also plays an active role in student government as her class president. She also is a member of DECA, a business club.

“I like to be involved and my peers can count on me whenever they need assistance,” Lisa said.

Lisa incorporates journalism in her activities outside of the classroom. She says using the skills she learns in her journalism class has helped her in the real world.

“Running for class president I used social media a lot for my campaign,” Lisa said. “Also, when my volleyball team won the Long Island Championships, I made a news video for my broadcast class like a highlight reel.”

Lisa said she loves doing research to discover new ideas about what she writes about. Making sure she has a reliable source has been a struggle in her career as a journalist. For an AP assignment on how women are portrayed in the media, Lisa took a different approach than most of her classmates and wrote about how sex sells.

“It was a really fun paper to write because I love science and controversial issues,” she said. “Doing the all the research was hard because it is so controversial and hard to make sure sources are reliable.”

Covering stories that capture her audience’s attention is what Lisa strives to do when she is out reporting, she said. Sports are definitely one of her favorite topics to cover.

Traveling the world while covering stories would be a dream, Lisa said. “It would be awesome to be able to see the world and experience other cultures while doing what I love.”

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An arena broadcast with the Greene Beans

Today we worked on portraits with John Williams. He helped us with lighting and gave us tips on how to take a better photo.

Photo credits to Noelia Vazquez
Photo credits to Noelia Vazquez
Unfortunately, today was his last day with us and I know I personally will miss him.

We started working with our teams on our stories. My team will be covering the new arena that was just built at Stony Brook. It was fun meeting the basketball players and talking with the athletics director. Everyone seems enthusiastic about the new arena and has high hopes to attract new fans.

My teammates and I really enjoy working together. We decided on calling ourselves the Greene Beans. Dan Walocha was amazing at getting the right angle for our footage. Yardalie Daniel and Hanna Da’Mes got great photos of the new arena. I think our final piece will look fabulous when we finish it.

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A selfie with Noelia

Photography class featuring selfies

Yesterday was quite an eventful day. We worked from morning until night nonstop, but I enjoyed every moment of it.

The new director of athletics, Shawn Heilbron, paid us a visit to discuss how he will be making improvements on Stony Brook’s athletic programs. Heilbron said he is eager to get started in his new position. This was the first time that Heilbron has met with student journalists at Stony Brook in his new position.

A selfie with Noelia
A selfie with Noelia
In the afternoon, John Williams taught us how to work the cameras and showed us cool techniques to get a photo just right. Noelia Vazquez and I got a little creative and took a selfie!

It was such a pleasure working with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and Newsday assistant photo editor, John Williams. He had so much knowledge on the subject and has so many interesting experiences from years of traveling the world. Williams taught us how to take still and action shots. We had a lot of fun shooting the action shots because we got to play around. We were running, tumbling, and jumping and the photos came out very well. Williams was as enthusiastic as we were and was happy to see us get so involved with the photography.

Arm Jump Rope

Backhandspring

Journalism Jumps

In the evening, Kelly Colligan worked with Noelia Vazquez and I on our video camera practice. We had so much fun! We asked people to do some pretty random things for us in our shots. For example, we found some guy to throw a penny into a fountain and then we had a lady read for us on a bench. Our inner-stalker side came out when we got footage of a man riding around on his bike and he had no idea we were filming him.

When I got back to the dorms at night I was disturbed by a Snapchat that my sister sent me. I have been gone for barely 24 hours and she has already moved into my room. Now I know what to expect when I go away to college!

My sister, Morgan, is currently taking over my room when I am away. She is wearing my Vineyard Vines whale hat, my white scarf, and my Coach pocketbook.
My sister, Morgan, is currently taking over my room when I am away. She is wearing my Vineyard Vines whale hat, my white scarf, and my Coach pocketbook

Bonding with all the Greene Team members has been fantastic. I can tell already that I will stay in touch with the people here for a long time to come. We are all getting along great and I have already made so many new friends, as well as become even closer with Sharon Ahmed and Alejandro Serrano from school.

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Fun night and productive morning

After the Greene Team finished up for the night we ordered over $80 worth of pizza and it was totally worth it. We were all starving and it was great to get to sit around and get to know everyone. Later on, I showed a bunch of math and science kids in the lounge how to play pool. They were pretty impressed on my skill probably because they had no clue how to even play. Alejandro Serrano and I won our pool game, too.

The next morning I had to wake up at 6:30 a.m. and I did not enjoy it. One of the CA’s was playing Disney music in the shower. It was strange.  Breakfast was yummy and I liked reading all the different papers in the morning.

The Newsroom ft. Noelia

When we got to the newsroom, we learned what makes a news story and went over what an audience wants to hear.

Can’t wait to see what else the Greene Team has in store!

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