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Goodbye forever, Greene Team

The last day being on the Greene Team has snuck up.  It feels like just yesterday I was becoming acquainted with other team members.

The progress I have made in five days is astonishing.  Learning from journalism professionals has made me a better journalist and more interested in blogging.  It has really been an amazing experience overall.  The food was good, an unpopular opinion, the professors were helpful and respectful, and I made lifelong friends with whom I’d love to keep in touch.  Being surrounded by aspiring journalists has been nice because we can talk about our future and interests.  I wish I could do this program again next year, but I hope to come back as a student at Stony Brook University rather than a student on the Greene Team.

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The Greene Team being kooky on the Newsday lawn. Photo credit: Wasim Ahmad

Although I’m sad to leave my friends and professors, I’m excited to go home and teach my friends writing techniques and tips I have learned this week.  Also, I can’t wait to show my parents all my pieces I have been working hard on.  I want to impress my family members and friends with my writing and journalism skills because I want to show them how serious I am about journalism.

Even though I am leaving my new friends, I plan to have reunions with them somewhat frequently.  It’s going to be weird not waking up and getting ready to go out at 7 a.m. on about six hours of sleep with the girls.  Surprisingly, I might actually be a little upset I won’t be waking up so early and working for over twelve hours a day.  I am so passionate about journalism; it doesn’t even feel like one hour.  Time flies and it’s not okay with me.

I know for sure this will not be my last journalistic experience, and hopefully not my last journalistic experience at SBU.  My goal at the beginning of this week was to hone my writing and editing skills.  I think I mastered the skills I wanted to and completed my goal, which makes me feel satisfied and accomplished.

I will miss taking panoramas and asking professor Ahmad if he can make myPhoto on 7-25-14 at 8.11 AM #4 panoramas 3D.  I will miss giving Noelia Vazquez a hard time whenever she spoke.  I will miss taking ugly pictures on Photo Booth with Lisa Angell when we finish our work.  I will miss everything about this program and it’s heartbreaking that I have to leave tomorrow afternoon.  Positively speaking, this experience was life changing and I will use the tools and techniques learned for the rest of my life.  I’d like to thank everyone who made this week fantastic.

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End of an awesome week

Colin Maloney preparing for one of his numerous interviews at the Ducks game.
Colin Maloney preparing for one of his numerous interviews at the Ducks game.

It is the last day of the program, and I cannot believe this is the final blog post I will write. This week has been amazing. I met 18 incredible teenagers who not only share my interest in journalism but also are just incredibly fun, and I will miss them all greatly.

Besides having fun with my fellow campers, this week has been jam-packed with truly unique experiences. I got to participate press conference with Stony Brook’s Athletic Director Shawn Heilbron, learned photography from the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist John Williams, interviewed cancer survivors and baseball fans, learned how a news broadcast is made and got to see an actual newsroom at Newsday.

The thing I most valued about this program was it made me go outside my comfort zone.  I had to interview complete strangers, which was at first absolute terrifying because working for my school newspaper Tarmac, I usually knew my interview subjects. But after several interviews, I began to relax and really enjoyed conducting the interviews.  Besides the interviewing, I also had to take and edit stills and video, which I had never had to do for my school program. But, doing all these things gave me valuable experience that I hope to use back at the Tarmac.

In closing, I would like to thank to all the professors for all the hard work they did and my fellow Greene Team members for being the funny, creative, and awesome. You guys made the week fly by and I hope to see you all again.

 

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Workplace newsbreak

We’re still in the thick of it in the newsroom, as it is the last workday, but I’m enjoying blogging too much to move right on without some more posting. Sure, I could move right to the final post, but where’s the fun in that?

Waking up this morning was an absolute drag. (The Greene girls gathered last night for a game of Cards Against Humanity—I fell asleep around two in the morning. Oy.) The penultimate night was a ton of fun—we made friends with math camp kids in the lounge (and made a failed attempt to play a huge game of cards) and just generally hanging out with members of the Greene Team.

Despite the super-grogginess, the business and general busy-ness in the newsroom provided a quick jolt of energy—it was out of bed and back into the zone.

This post as a work in progress -- very meta~
This post as a work in progress. Very meta.

My article is all wrapped up after an editing session with professor Duffy and professor Dowdy. In our time at their desk, I learned a lot about journalistic parameters and exactly how a concise, professional article should be written. Now that’s indicative of the program—in just a short part of the day, I took in so much knowledge. With the week ending, I feel like I’ve learned an absolute ton.

After working all morning, we were treated to pizza—real, non-cafeteria pizza—and reflected on the program and our thoughts coming away from it. I’ll save those thoughts for my final sappy post—as I’ve said, my article is finalized.

The Greene Gazette: Visible Progress
The Greene Gazette in progress.

After our delicious-perfect-wonderful lunch—did I mention the pizza was good?  Because the pizza was really, really good—the Greene Team met with Robert Pertusati, senior associate dean of Admissions at Stony Brook. He discussed not only admission to Stony Brook, but things to keep in mind when applying to any college.

It was informative, useful and anxiety-inducing—essentially my thoughts on all college chats—but to talk to a professional on the subject was all the more meaningful.

Gifts to the Greene Program, courtesy of Stony Brook!
Gifts to the Greene Program, courtesy of Stony Brook University!

It’s only three and the newsroom is buzzing—journalism students and Frank Posilico are back to help in the Gazette’s production. My work is done and it’s exciting to watch the process from afar. It’s almost a little nerve-wracking to view and observe, but I can’t wait to see the final product.

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And that’s a wrap

Well, this is it. Today is the last day at the newsroom, the last day at the desk with the really nice dual-screen macs, the last day getting meals at the SAC and never having a seat because we always end up waiting on the biggest line they have.  Today is the last day, but it is the start of a brand new journey for me.

On Wednesday, before Newsday and the Duck’s game, we went to the TV studio and got to do broadcasts, which is what I was waiting for. We have a studio at my school and I always loved going and

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.
Lisa Angell and I being pretend anchors getting ready for our broadcast. Photo by Wasim Ahmad.

reporting the news for my classmates in school. This was ten times more professional; it was a nicer set with chairs that spin and we had a script and a reporter to interview. The only part I felt most comfortable with was anchoring, and I loved every part of it. I love the rush it gives me while I am up there. Looking at the different cameras and getting sit at the big desk chair made me feel really happy and content.

When you see the same people everyday for a week, you tend to get to know them on personal levels. My roommate (Laura) and I are the definition of fast friends. When we both got accepted into the Greene Gazette, we became friendly in school only because we were accepted into the program. Now I can’t imagine being in the program without her. She is an amazing friend that I will forever know because of my experience here.

If you think we look alike, you wouldn't be the first to think so.
If you think we look alike, you wouldn’t be the first.

This was an unforgettable experience. It was the first time I stayed at a college dorm, the first time I got to use a Mac computer for more time than my dad spends in the Apple store; it was also the first time I met people from Long Island whom I have developed a bond with, that I cannot imagine will fade.

It blows my mind how much has changed since last Sunday. We all came into this barely knowing each other and being scared about how much work we would get, what we would get to do and if we would all get along. I’m not sure when it happened, there wasn’t a certain time where everything changed and we were all friends from strangers. We all became comfortable with each other fast and it was easy.

Here’s to all of you in this program and all of you in this program in the future and in the past. We all have something in common; we all have drive in us to work from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., which was tough, but we got through it.

I want to thank the Greene Team for making my experience here something I will never forget. Thank you to these wonderful professors whom are probably more cranky than us but still manage to teach and teach well. Thank you for this amazing opportunity and for friendships I hope to keep and a week to remember for time and time to come.

Slightly obsessed with this picture and everyone in it.
Slightly obsessed with this picture and everyone in it.
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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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Interviews with a thousand words and learning about pictures worth a thousand words

It is Tuesday, the second official day of camp. The first day was a tight can full of fun surprises. To pick up where I left off yesterday, the interview with Shawn Heilbron was great; I got to ask him about what intentions he has to improve women’s sports, as it had been demonstrated by various sources that he wants to focus on football and basketball. He answered fluently, and he couldn’t stop smiling – he has a lot in store but I believe that information will be released in a story later on the week. He said that working job after job he hadn’t really found that one dream one up until he was at UCLA, where he realized he wanted to be an Athletics Director, and now he is one. I wanted to ask what is he aiming for now, but didn’t get to do so.

After the press conference, we got to learn photography with John Williams, which was fun because I took photography in the fall semester of my junior year and didn’t remember everything vividly. We learned a lot more about techniques from his Pulitzer Prize winning perspective.

Observing the Greene Team practicing photography as a longboarder cruises behind.
John Williams observing the Greene Team practicing photography as a longboarder cruises behind.
After dinner we learned about broadcasting with Professor Ricioppo, specifically we practiced getting good B-roll shots and he told us about his career.  He taught us his “go to” trick of playing with the foreground and background while focusing on something.  I’m excited to use all these new things we are learning.

It was a long day but not in the bad way. After the broadcasting lesson/lecture/seminar/practice we went back to the residence halls where I met Shakir and Reggie, two boys in a pre-med camp that assured Jason and I that they will have our backs in a couple years if we come across any medical issues. Then I headed down to the lounge where I met another boy, Matt, who is at a Math camp and I started conversing with him alongside Madison, Noelia, and Lea. He told us that he is participating in about four camps this summer to kill time. I mean, I wouldn’t mind deriving and integrating or deciphering other hieroglyphs of the mathematics language in my free time, but I wouldn’t do it for two weeks just to pass time! The boy is pretty much learning in an organized form of education year round.

After chatting in the lounge, I headed to the dorm for bed and then, in the blink of an eye and a tiny puddle of drool, the sun was shining and I was greeting the morning with a yawn. I got dressed and then it was breakfast time, the morning news showed unrest in various nations and an editorial about the US’ immigration issue made me wonder about where could the xenophobic opinion, shared by many, have come from in a nation that was founded by all sorts of European immigrants?

After breakfast we went to the newsroom and learned about news writing, and midway through the lesson Sandra Peddie, an investigative reporter from Newsday, came in and talked to us about her career.  The day was still young and we are about to learn more about photography with John Williams.

Every person we have met whom has shared his or her career with us has demonstrated that the field is far from boring, more of a career in which every step you reach for a branch that is higher and higher as you soar over a river in the jungle of informing contemporary beings on events that are concurrent with everyday life.

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Motion in action

My first day here at Stony Brook University, with the Greene Team has been exhausting, but fun. Thanks to the wonderful John Williams, who devoted his time to teach the team about the aspects of photography, my day was fantastic. Photography has always been something I wanted to experience, but never pushed myself to do. The lesson that he taught us was long, but fairly educational. His sense of humor also made it entertaining.

IMG_0244I enjoyed the way he photographed pictures. It gave me a new perspective of what photography is really about. For many people (and me) using a camera has always been about taking a picture—and we would be lucky if they were good ones. But now, I think of it in a different way, as in changing the shutter speed of the camera to obtain a perfect shot, switching the ISO and knowing the difference when I’m taking picture inside and outside. Although I didn’t do so well in taking the pictures, I am looking forward to learn more about photography in today’s lesson.

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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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Highlight of my summer already

These past two days have been by far the most eventful of my summer. Besides having to go through a drivers’ education course, I have not done that much with my summer. I have numerous reasons—or really excuses—for this: Studying for my final exams drained me, drivers’ education took up too much of my day to do anything else and several others.

photo1But since I started the Greene Institute yesterday, I have had no time for excuses. I met my awesome roommate, Reid Rubio, learned how to take more professional-looking photos with my iPhone, played a very close and down-to-the-wire game of pool with some of my fellow Greene Team members and spent my first night in a dorm room. That was only the first day.

Today after a quick breakfast at the Student Activities Center, we got right to work learning the fundamentals of news and preparing for our first interview later today with Shawn Heilbron, Stony Brook’s new Athletics Director. In comparison to the rest of my summer, these two days with the Greene Team have been full of excitement and new experiences, and I am looking forward to what the rest of the week will bring.

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