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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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Ducks Press Conference

Does anyone even know the score?

My team and I had so much fun getting B-roll and interviewing fans at the Long Island Ducks game about the rivalry between the two teams. Most people didn’t even know who the other team was (The Bridgeport Bluefish). We found it hysterical, and perfect for a story in itself. Is there a rivalry that no one even knows about?

And here's the pitch...
And here’s the pitch…

Before the interviewing, we went to a press conference with Michael PolakMedia Relations & Broadcasting Manager for the Ducks. That was stressful and chaotic because everyone was trying to go in different directions and the camera people wanted the best spot, but so did the interviewers. Poor Colin had to hold everyone’s microphone on the ground while Polak explained his position and answered questions about the game.

Our team had a story about the “other” fans, the Bridgeport Bluefish fans from Connecticut. We asked anyone with a blue shirt to a blue hat if they were rooting for the other team, and sadly, most people said no. Some people didn’t even know who the Bluefish were.

We made our story about the rivalry between the Bluefish and the Ducks and asked Duck fans about the other team, which got them riled up and made for a good news story. We got B-roll and people dancing and having a good time supporting their favorite Long Island team. As we were walking around I noticed people were not paying attention to the game itself. I think I heard more kids screaming and cheering, which just explains the way the atmosphere at the Ducks game is. It was a great night filled with missing camera bags, duckbills, and bad, spicy and expensive chicken tenders.

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Gregory Commodore "quacking"

Ducks v. Bluefish: Real rivalry or quixotic quackery?

Long Islanders flocked to Bethpage Ballpark for Wednesday night’s Ducks game against Bridgeport, but is there a cross-Sound rivalry?

“They have one?” said Ducks fan Jonathan Softy.

“I don’t know how much of a rivalry it is, being that Bridgeport doesn’t draw much. I’d like to see it improve, but I don’t know if it will,” said Dan Erickson.

There was a limited number of Bluefish fans and a lot of cheerful Long Island kids and adults. One Bluefish fan did have an idea about why there so few in the crowd.

Dan Cunningham who was one of the few Bridgeport Bluefish fans at the game. He says it is hard to get fans to come out to the games in Long Island. (Alejandro Serrano)
Dan Cunningham, who was one of the few Bridgeport Bluefish fans at the game. He says it is hard to get fans to come out to the games in Long Island. (Alejandro Serrano)

“Getting people from Bridgeport to here is pretty tough. With the ferry it is not exactly easy,” said Dan Cunningham, a Bluefish fan.

The Ducks have not had a good season but that doesn’t take away from the crowd and energy from the ballpark. The Ducks have endured an 11-game losing streak as of July 23 and fans believe the players are feeling the pressure.

“Any time you have a losing streak you start pressing, I’m sure they feel it ,” said Erickson.

The Bluefish don’t draw at home as well as the Ducks. “Maybe half if they are lucky,” said Cunningham.

The ‘rivalry’ between the Ducks and the Bluefish is not one to break out into chaos. Ducks fans said they don’t trash talk and they like to have fun with their family and enjoy all the aspects a Ducks game has to offer.

“The atmosphere is great, the stuff they do in between innings is great, it keeps the fans involved,” said Cunningham. “The Ducks have a pretty loyal fan base, nothing but good things to say about the Ducks, they are a good organization and run very well.”


Ducks fans do come to the games for the entertainment, enjoy the team and the sport, but some have a die-hard obsession with the minor league team itself.

“I eat, sleep and breathe Ducks, so when I wake up in the morning I just think Ducks all the time, I quack randomly,” said Brian from Patchogue, who asked that his last name not to be used.

“[The Bluefish] are not our kind of team,” added another fan, Jordan Buffy of Selden, who embraced the rivalry with Bridgeport.

So did Brian. “Bluefish? I don’t like seafood,” he said.

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Thirsting for a good story

We got right onto the world of a real journalist today. We were on our way to the interview with Assistant Police Chief Eric Olsen without even knowing who Eric Olsen was or what he did. Professor Ahmad said it happened all the time – sometimes journalists have to work on the spot and don’t have time for research or to prepare. We missed the bus that took us to Stony Brook’s police station, where we had the story. It was a half hour walk, which was in the heat, and brutal. It went relatively quick because we had to do all our research for the story on our walk. We came up with questions, walked up hills and streets in the blazing sun carrying all of our video equipment, being true journalists on the job.

We got into the police station (eventually) sweating with and thirsty, but ready to start the interview. We met with the chief of police, Robert Lenahan, and all acted as a team all doing different things to conduct an interview. I was in charge of taking pictures of the interview. In the second interview, I got to videotape and was in control of all the shots, which made me feel in control and able to express my own ideas with my group members. We shot a lot of B-roll with the interviews which I was already comfortable with from previous TV classes at my school.

The eventful day and heat continued as we finished the interview. We had to walk back to the library as we missed the bus, again. This walk was easier and quicker than the first because we all weren’t as tense to how we were going to go on the scene to write this story.

Since we missed the bus both ways to the police station, Professor Ahmad said he would treat us to Starbucks. Well, since our transportation didn’t go well the entire time of the interview why would anything go right? Right? Right. Starbucks was closed and we continued the journey of heat back to the library. We eventually got to the SAC and took a breather after a long and sweaty walk and decided to capture the unexplainable journey with none other than a selfie.

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Kelly Colligan and Dan Walocha

We don’t actually work for Newsday

I had a chance to work the camera with Jacqueline. We managed to snap this quick selfie in the broadcast studio.
I had a chance to work the camera with Jacqueline. We managed to snap this quick selfie in the broadcast studio.
I can’t believe the week is already half over. Yesterday was jam-packed with ducks, cameras and good advice. The first thing we got to do was practice filming in front of a real broadcast studio. We each got our turn to play the anchor, the cameraman, floor manager, and more. Being on-camera wasn’t too much pressure, but I actually liked being at the teleprompter the most. It was really cool to see how broadcasting really works, and I loved seeing everyone laugh and have fun on camera.

Next, we visited Newsday to see the facility and talk to some journalists employed there. I was surprised at how huge the newsroom actually was. Everyone from sports writers to entertainment writers were hard at work. We even got some free t-shirts for our travels.

After visiting the newsroom, we sat down to hear some guest speakers. We listened to four or five journalists who spoke about their experiences, and how we could become better journalists. Each and every story was so inspiring and everyone seemed to genuinely love their jobs.

Following our Newsday tour, we drove straight to the Long Island Ducks game. I had never been to a Ducks game before, so I didn’t realize the amount of people that would come to support the team. Families, little league teams, couples, and loyal fans were just some of the enthusiastic fans that sat in the seats of the Bethpage Ballpark.

We got to work right away, beginning with a quick press conference with Ducks Media Relations & Broadcasting Manager Mike Polak. Everyone in the stands looked at us as we wore our green “Greene” shirts labeled “PRESS” on the back. I think the Newsday backpacks gave people a false impression that we worked for Newsday, but that was just fine to me. Once the game started, we got right to interviewing.

We interviewed about five or six fans on the rivalry between the teams, the Bridgeport Bluefish and the Ducks. It was fun filming B-roll, or background shots/action, because we got to watch all the diverse and interesting fans. The only downside was since I volunteered to film that day, I had to carry the camera, camera bag, and tripod everywhere we went.

Once we were finally finished interviewing, we left the game a little early. On the 45 minute bus ride home, we relaxed and listened to Bob Herzog talk about life as a sports writer.

After we got off the bus, we spent some time in the dorm’s recreation room, and played ping pong and pool with some of the students from the math program. Yaya and I walked up to our room like zombies, and crawled into bed to relieve ourselves of exhaustion. We woke up today again, at 6:30 a.m., and now we are blogging, at 8:37, at it again.

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Jacqueline Napolitano

Jacqueline Napolitano: Born to broadcast

Jacqueline Napolitano, a Commack High School junior, has her eyes set to be in front of the camera. When she was as young as 12 years old, Jacqueline was inspired to report: Her idol was none other than former NBC “Today Show” host Katie Couric.

She wants to broadcast news, not just write it.

“I hope to work for something like The ‘Today Show’ or even ‘E! News’” Jacqueline said, speaking of her future.

In her sophomore year in high school, Jacqueline took a TV studio class and saw just what it was to be a broadcast journalist along with expanding her horizons, both socially and creatively.

“I took it in 10th grade, and that’s when I found out I could be myself and I found other people who were just like me,” she said. Jacqueline said that, although she had already found her clique of best friends, she would have never made many of the good friends she has now without that class.

In her junior year, Jacqueline rejoined her school’s newspaper, The Courant. She used the newspaper office along with the TV studio as a place to escape the everyday problems of high school.

It became apparent to Jacqueline that being in the newspaper office or in the studio was where she could really express herself. “It was a way to expose who I was”, she stated, “When I was on camera especially, I could be goofy and serious while reporting.” Not only did she show her charm on camera, Jacqueline was able to show her personality on the page as well.

After a brief hiatus, she returned to the school newspaper as a staff editor with high hopes of becoming editor in chief. She credits Christina Semple for her talent as a journalist.

“She taught me everything I needed to know in such a short time” Jacqueline said.

When it comes to college, Jacqueline has her sights set on Syracuse and just about any other major journalism school. She expects to change her minor countless times, but states that broadcast journalism will be her major throughout college.

In the near future she expects to learn a lot from the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists, not just from advisors but the other attendees as well, and she hopes to get a taste of college life.

The “Today Show” had put broadcast journalism in Jacqueline’s mind, and it hasn’t left since. Her parents supported her in this and have encouraged her every step of the way from then to now.

“They are extremely supportive in whatever I do,” said Jacqueline. According to the future journalist, Jacqueline’s parents always raised her to believe she could accomplish everything she set her mind to.

This passion was accompanied by great personality and optimism.

“Jacqueline has the potential to be a great journalist because she is outgoing and she can get along with everyone,” said Melissa Minerva, Jacqueline’s friend of 10 years. “The greatest quality about Jacqueline is her personality.”

When she reached middle school, Jacqueline found herself chasing her dreams as part of her school newspaper. Although she had always been fascinated by reporting, Jacqueline states that it was a good step towards the real deal. Although she excelled as a journalist, Jacqueline says she feels that she belongs in front of the camera, broadcasting the news.

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Jason Reid

Jason Reid: From a hard past to a better beginning

Seventeen-year-old Jason Reid likes to stand out in the crowd— wearing a bow tie every day and portraying a sense of individualism in his writing.

Jason’s freshman English teacher sparked an interest in Jason for journalism. The class did a project in which they had to interview their peers, which Jason found very fascinating.

“I found interviewing people and recording who they are and bringing them to life on paper was something I could do,” Jason said.

Being the editor of his school newspaper, The Golden Wave, has had many high points, Jason said, especially for his writing career so far. In a recent article, he wrote about voters passing his school budget, a year after it was cut. He felt that the article opened a lot of eyes to the administration of his school. It made him feel his writing mattered.

“The effects that my writing had on people made it seem like I had a great impact,” Jason said.

Many journalists have a role model in the business, someone they want to emulate or someone that inspired them to become a journalist. For Jason, it is Anderson Cooper. In 2010, Jason was on CNN with Anderson Cooper when he talked about being bullied in the past.

“Seeing what he did and watching his other shows, how he goes to other places and shows what is really happening made me want to do the same,” Jason said.

Jason has a mindset of being who you are and not caring about what other people think; he doesn’t feel the need to fit in if he is not being himself.

“Hence the bow ties,” said Jason.

His mother, Michele Reid, said it takes a while for her son to get comfortable – but that he eventually opens up.

“Once he is pulled out of his shell he is funny and witty,” she said. “Jason is very artistic and has a thirst for knowledge.”

Jason’s past of being mistreated physically and emotionally by other students is the main reason he chose to get into journalism.  After his experience with Anderson Cooper and that of other students who were being picked on constantly in school, Jason wanted to be the person that found the good in the bad things.

After the CNN experience, he knew journalism was something he wanted to do.

“[Journalism] has not only let me stand out as a person. It has allowed me to take in sharing topics that might otherwise go unnoticed,” said Jason.

As Jason develops a new chapter in his life of being unique and his own person, he embarks on the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists and hopes for it to be a learning experience. He hopes to be taught a new writing technique and expand his horizons on how to put pen to paper, while also being excited about about having new experiences.

Jason hopes one day to work for Newsday. But, as far as college goes, Jason wants to study at SUNY Plattsburgh and dual major in journalism and communications. He strives to be the editor of the newspaper on campus and one day hopes to become a political journalist.

“Journalism has become endangered and I want to be part of the wave of reporters that bring it back,” Jason said.

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cross-campus trek

Cross-campus treks for a story

Day two continued with a final photography lesson with John Williams. Farewells were a tad sad, but we learned a lot in two days and it was great. I think the highlight of the day was being in the newsroom learning about broadcast and just as Professor Ricioppo finished his lesson Professor Ahmad rushed in and told us that we had to go cover our first story. In seven minutes he gave us background on what we were about to cover: a new emergency operations center is being built in the University Police center and we get to break the news. (By we, I mean the team of Kelly, Courtney and Jaqueline). Then Prof. Ahmad mentioned that we missed the bus and we had to walk a solid 27 minutes, which helped us prepare but the sun was scorching and halfway through I felt like a nomad with false hope of a destination. We made it in time and reporting was really fun.

Professor Ahmad leading the pack as we headed back to the newsroom after reporting.
Professor Ahmad leading the pack as we headed back to the newsroom after reporting.
After 2 hours of reporting, we missed another bus! Our timing was on point. As We started our journey back to the newsroom Professor Ahmad started sharing his career and different experiences he’s had.

Noting the disappointment of having to walk with the equipment, he offered Starbucks on him and we grew a bit joyous only to find a closed a Starbucks. I found the situations quite comical and thankfully we made it to the newsroom soon after with the relief that we were just in time for dinner.

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Reporting for the Greene Team hits home

Yesterday, my first full day with the Greene Team, was incredible.  We reviewed a vast array topics in journalism in only about twelve hours. In one day, I think I’ve learned more about journalism than I did in one week at another journalism program.  Not only am I learning a lot about it, but also I am roaming the campus and becoming familiar with Stony Brook University.

Jacqueline walking while Laura practices panning (a type of picture-taking).

Going outside to take pictures with Newsday Assistant Photo Editor John Conrad Williams and recording multiple ten-second videos with SBU Journalism Professor Rick Ricioppo gave me insight into college life if I plan to go into journalism in the future.  I’m amazed by the nature of the campus—trees, flowers, fountains, shrubbery, and just the people walking, skateboarding and riding bikes intrigues me.

The variety of ethnicity and culture surrounding me makes me feel not at home, which is refreshing.  I enjoy experiencing life other than in my own town and cannot wait to continue my one-week adventure with the Greene Team.  Not to mention, building stronger bonds with my new friends.

Laura interviewing Debra Giugliano, head of the program.
Tonight was life-changing. I was assigned to conduct interviews at The Daniel Brooks Memorial Education Award for Students with Cancer reception and celebration. Going into the interview, I was ecstatic, to say the least. I felt as if I was a professional journalist on the first day of the job. When conducting the interview and writing, Colin alongside of me, Lisa taking snapshots, and Lea recording, I felt like we were actual press, reporting for local news. Not only did it feel like I was a pro journalist, I also saw the survivors’ reactions, as well as their families’ reactions. Knowing those teenagers, only a few years older than me, had cancer previously, I felt like I have taken everything for granted.

Laura interviewing cancer survivor Maria Garcia.
Hearing a speech from a leukemia survivor, Alexis, tears were brought to my eyes. I don’t think I will look at things the same way I do now. Also, interviewing Maria Garcia, 18, I felt a boost of happiness with her positive attitude and infectious smile when speaking about her recovery. Not only do I see things from a different perspective, I started thinking about a loved one who passed away from cancer last year. His name was Jack. Jack was the sweetest, most genuine man I have ever met in my whole seventeen years. Having thought of him again made me realize that I need to be more down to earth, more personable. He, to this day, makes me a better person. The reception and personal accounts regarding cancer made tonight special. I’m glad I had the opportunity to interview cancer survivors, listen to speeches by directors, and have fond memories brought back.

I can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store.

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A sweaty, yet exciting adventure

Right after we finished our second broadcast class, we were told our group was to travel to the police facilities to interview and film for a new article. No time to research – no problem. Since we missed the bus, we had to walk there. This actually helped us because it bought us time to formulate some questions for our article.

As we walked the 20-30 minute route, we discussed the articles we would be writing/filming about. We were to break news regarding Stony Brook University’s new emergency operations center, and then also touch on the station’s new police cars. When we finally arrived at our destination, we were welcomed by police officers who let us into the building to speak to the Chief of Police about the school’s new emergency operations center. I was impressed to see this shiny new room adapted into what looks like a control center in crime movies.

We filmed, scribed, and snapped photos all at once, and practiced the new skills we learned from our broadcast class. Then, we moved outside to take a look at the new police interceptors. We filmed some more, and after two or three hours, we were pooped. Although we had got the job done, we were tired, thirsty, and hungry. Turns out, we missed the bus going back too, so we were forced to walk in the hot summer sun.

On the bright side, Wasim promised to stop at Starbucks and buy us cold drinks. The only problem was, when we arrived at the Starbucks, it was closed. Wasim had crushed our precious dreams. To compensate, we stopped at the SAC and got drinks there. We decided to take a post-adventure sweaty selfie. Enjoy.

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First Blog

The first day of the Greene Team has officially started and so has the ‘college life.’

The residence hall, the ‘SAC’ (Student Activities Center), the lounge, and the actual dorms are all new things to me. In my sixteen years of existence, I have never shared a room with anyone. I can also say it has not been a hard adjustment, with the spacious rooms and semi-comfortable beds. Not the worst, not the best.

I’m also very comfortable with my roommate considering she goes to my school and we have known each other throughout the school year. It has been smooth sailing so far. The code to get into the bathroom is a struggle in itself, but the breeze from the fans makes it all better.  The newsroom is also my new favorite place. It is also where this picture was taken:

Jacqueline Napolitano and Laura Fallick
Jacqueline Napolitano and Laura Fallick in the School of Journalism’s newsroom at Stony Brook University on Monday, July 21, 2014. Photo by Jacqueline Napolitano.
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