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Greene eggs and ham

It’s day four. We got to visit Newsday and cover the Ducks game yesterday. The game itself wasn’t all too great; the Ducks got dominated and the Bridgeport Bluefish won. We aren’t allowed to truly do anything by ourselves here; we usually just get escorted around. But yesterday gave us a taste of freedom as we were allowed to walk through the stadium as we pleased. It gave me a sense of relief, and I’m thankful for that.

The Greene Beans.
The Greene Beans.

The Newsday trip made my day yesterday. We visited the headquarters and got to learn some history behind the company. Did you know Newsday was started by a woman who just wanted to get into the family business? Because I didn’t until yesterday.

Even more so, we talked to a bunch of memorable figures that made me laugh. There was this one lady who talked to us about her job. She eventually started talking about license plates. She was fun though, and kept my attention (which I can’t say about everyone that comes to talk to us). She was wearing slippers and looked very comfortable in her workplace, making her by far my favorite Newsday employee.

Madison’s uncle even got us cool t-shirts. He’s my second favorite. His quirky attitude added to the personality of the trip. It was an enlightening experience, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The bus was nice too; it had air conditioning and comfortable seating. After Newsday, we went off to the Ducks game.

We laughed till we cried.
We laughed till we cried.

We got to the game an hour early, and overall, it wasn’t a bad experience. We had to wait to get into the actual stadium for about 40 minutes. The tickets were cheap ($10), so it was a good investment.

I thought we would be able to watch the game and enjoy ourselves for the whole time. However, when we got there, we were put to work right away. My group worked for the first hour and a half, but we got a little time in the end to actually watch the game. We left around the seventh inning of the game, and didn’t get to see the whole thing. We didn’t even get to see the fireworks show at the end of the game. The last score we saw was 11-1 Bluefish. Nonetheless, the piece of freedom we got was worth it.

Us taking video and a baseball goer in the background.
Us taking video and a baseball goer in the background.

Yesterday was the best day, but I wish we had more time for time for outdoor activities and things that were listed in the program. For example, we got to our dorms at around 10 p.m., but all the fun activities like volleyball start at around 7 p.m..  By the time we get back, everything is finished; we got one game of pool in with the other math campers, but that was it. We also haven’t experienced the film festival yet, so hopefully we, as a group, get to go tomorrow.

This whole week made me realize that I don’t want to pursue journalism as a career. I like writing articles and news stories, but everything else isn’t up my alley. Video editing is tedious and dull, photography isn’t too bad, but not extremely interesting or challenging, and news casting is too stressful. To find out what you love doing, you first have to experience what you don’t. My team, the Greene Beans, consisted of Madison, Hanna and Yardalie (“Yaya”); they keep me smiling throughout the day. They make me laugh, and we find ways to pass the time in the Newsroom when we aren’t doing anything.

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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 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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Laura Fallick

Laura Fallick: Following her father’s footsteps as a writer

Seventeen-year-old Laura Fallick has known she has a knack for editing and writing ever since she was a child. Having a dad who worked as an editor at Newsday, Laura would be brought Kidsday articles to critique and edit on a regular basis.

“Ever since the day my dad first brought me to Newsday, I’ve had a passion for journalism. I loved the aura of the newsroom and constant research and reporting on events,” said Laura, speaking of her father, Alan Fallick.

Shortly after that, the aspiring journalist began writing her own articles featuring celebrities, athletes and other remarkable figures.

“Two celebrities I interviewed were singer Colby O’Donis and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer,” she said. “Interviewing them was an exciting experience and it felt like I was a real reporter. It was exhilarating and enlightening.”

But her dedication and interest did not stop there; as she became older, her talent only matured and flourished as did her love for journalism, she said.

Laura’s commitment and determination shown in writing is also expressed in almost everything she does. She has been on the Honor Roll since sixth grade, is an avid member of the English Honor Society as well as the Quill and Scroll Honor Society, and regularly contributes to the high school yearbook at Commack High School.

Rising Senior Alyssa Smail, Fallick’s best friend, commented on her energy and diligence: “[Laura] is outgoing and energetic all the time… she has come a long way in the last few years;” she added, “I had English [class] with her this year and she was always willing to proofread my work.”

Smail further added that her high-achieving peer has very strong opinions and “always shows interest” in basically any subject. For example, Laura firmly believes that writing should be encouraged at a young age. Just as she was encouraged by learning from her dad, she advises “[parents and others should] let [their] child write about themselves and their feelings.”

Fallick strives to be a conscientious student and a rising writer.

As for her writing, Laura’s style is to focus is on one point.

She said that her strength lies in her grammar and spelling. The writer concentrates on one specific topic with immense and lucid detail(s). “I want them to feel as if they know every detail about the topic, but not overwhelmed.”

When asked about some weaknesses she humbly stated, “I am quite repetitive when I feel [as if] I have nothing else to say.”

This energy and excitement has led Laura to use her writing to convey different messages to her audience and make a difference.

“My favorite part about writing is that I have complete control over the intended message,” she said. By using the right amount of detail, not too much or too little, Laura manages to find the balance that allows her to write an article that is both concise and full of detail.

Laura is also furthering her own journalistic endeavors by becoming a part of the Greene Gazette community. Thrilled about the opportunity, Laura said she hopes to learn about the different technology used in the field and learn the various strategies and methods used to become a successful journalist.

“I’m hoping to hone my writing skills during the week,” she said. Even more so, Laura wants to pursue the profession in college, saying she wants study at Stony Brook University. This opportunity is one step closer to learning the ups and downs of the journalism field.

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Daniel Walocha

Daniel Walocha: Passions that extend outside the newsroom

Award-winning journalist Daniel Walocha has been acknowledged for outstanding work on his school newspaper, Horizon.

Known as Dan to his friends, he made his journalistic debut in ninth grade, writing for Lynbrook High School’s newspaper about his school’s band competing at Hofstra University. Dan said the band teacher liked what he wrote and appreciated the coverage.

“I follow the rule of the inverted pyramid to make sure it’s concise and full of details,” Dan said about a style of writing in which the lead has the most important information.

Dan’s high-flying achievements in journalism have earned him second place for Best Feature Article at the Adelphi Press Day and third place for Best School Feature. One article featured a school janitor and the other focused on the history of Class Night, a major event at Dan’s school.

Journalism, though, is not the route that Dan desires to take in the future. He said he has no plans to major in English or journalism. “I like writing and reading as pastimes,” Dan said. “I’m not such a huge English person, but I appreciate the subject.”

So why does Dan, also a member of Driftstone, the school poetry club, like writing so much?

Dan said it helps him express himself as well as voice his beliefs. He also said writing is a great way to construct one’s thoughts and transfer them onto paper. An individualistic thinker, Dan said he has strong opinions on almost any topic, making him unique: He takes one side and sticks to it.

“Dan has taught me how you have to stand up for your opinion,” said friend Samantha Laskin. “If there are complainers, let them complain. They can’t do anything to you.”

An aspiring surgeon, Dan said he has volunteered at Winthrop Hospital in the neurology center every Saturday since November. Influenced by his older sister, currently studying medicine at Poland’s Poznan University, he plans to major in science and go into medicine.

“We’re both very science based,” Dan said, “but I also just want to help people and save lives.”

Dan comes across as an intelligent young man with great aspirations. He also has interests outside of school, saying he enjoys seeing movies with friends, swimming, and running.

Dan’s other friends also speak highly of him and admire his work ethic, quirkiness, humor, kindness and trustworthiness.

“I would describe Dan as a very smart, levelheaded guy who I could strongly rely on for anything,” said Evelyn Sokolowski, Dan’s best friend since childhood. “He always has the best judgment, especially when I need his advice, and I could really rely on him for anything.”

Throughout his July week at the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists at Stony Brook University, Dan said he would like to gain broadcasting skills, learning about producing video footage and its processes. Dan said he hopes to have a positive experience there by engaging in journalistic lessons that will help him create outstanding final products.

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No hashtags for me

It’s day two of my Stony Brook journalism experience.

Yesterday I found out I had no roommate. It has its ups and downs. For instance, I have a room to myself: no conflict picking a time for the alarm, no need to argue over who gets what drawer, and no one to tell me what time lights should go out (besides maybe the senior residents that look over us summer students). The solitude doesn’t bother me.  Although I’m missing out on having the college experience of having a roommate, I’m fine with it. I got more time to finish George Orwell’s 1984 without the distraction. I wish I brought more books because I’m near in the end and I’m running out of material.

My parents aren’t too adapt at navigating the Greene Gazette website, so I have no worries about that. But I won’t be using the hashtag “greenegazette” anytime soon just in case. I barely use my Twitter, and I when I do, I usually just favorite posts, not write them myself. There really isn’t any use for me having an account, but I keep it anyways. It’s weird, but at least I know I won’t be spied on by my parents.

The Student Activities Center (SAC) is a great place to spend some down time in. The Greene Team ordered pizza yesterday after ten minutes of difficulty trying to find a Dominoes or different delivery place. We all chipped in and eventually ate our individual slices together while watching Monsters University together. Afterwards, I played a round of billiards. Nothing too exciting. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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