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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.

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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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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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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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Can work be relaxing?

 

Yaya, Madi, Dan, Me
Yaya, Madi, Dan, Me

Thursday was the day that we dedicated ourselves completely to finishing our stories. It was hard work, but it was also relaxing in a way, compared to the day before.  I worked with my group, the Greene Beans (shut up, the name is awesome), and we have grown even closer in the past couple of days. To be honest, when I met Madison, Dan and Yaya, I thought they were going to be completely different. I never imagined how funny they would be, how fast we could become friends. And that’s true for pretty much everyone on the Greene Team.

It’s hard to believe this camp is almost over. While some of it has been stressful and annoying, I have made a lot of good memories and made friendships that will hopefully last a long time.

I feel like just as I started to get used to the routine and work, the week was coming to a close. Don’t get me wrong, I miss my bed and my siblings and quality food, but it has been an overall good experience for me.

Even though I don’t plan on a future in journalism, I think that this camp has changed my overall view on jobs in general, college life and the hard work that people put in when they feel passionate about something.

That’s probably the problem—I don’t feel passionate about journalism. I love to write, but my interest veers more toward creative writing, the ability to create anything without any restrictions.

Today (Friday) was pretty much the same as Thursday. The only thing different is that for lunch, we all went into a small room, crowded around a table, and ate pizza. We all shared our comments on the camp, what we wished had happened and what we approved of. It was interesting to hear what everyone had to say, and how their opinions had changed throughout the week.

Most people had realized that they didn’t want to pursue journalism as a career, but that they appreciated all that they had learned from the camp. I think that it is still a minor possibility for me, maybe for most of us, but I just don’t think that it is for everybody, because it is so different from other professions.

Despite everything, I had a good time at this camp, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.

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A short stay with lasting impressions

Today was the last full day I have here and it was by far the most fun.

I interviewed someone everyone should strive to be—a 20-year-old student named Ruchi Shah. Seeing how passionate she is about her goals really lit a fire in my belly about kicking my plans for the future into overdrive.

Today I also learned just how fun video editing can be, and I can safely say that it could be my career.

I realized this type of work truly can be fun—I found my love for not just video editing but word editing as well. I’m so excited to go back to my school’s newspaper and teach them everything I’ve learned here. Even now I have so many stories  in mind and I’m so ready to take on every single part of their completion processes on my own.

Coming out of here, I feel like I have evolved into an entirely different journalist. I thought they were joking when the advisors said they could cram an entire college program into a week and see dramatic change, but I know better now, because they were very much correct.

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Ruchi Shah is a junior at Stony Brook University where she is currently in the pre-med track and minoring in journalism. While there she developed a mosquito repelant and she was featured in IMPACT magazine's top 30 under 30. (Sharon Ahmed)

Communicating science and passion

At 20 years old, Ruchi Shah has achieved more than many people do in a lifetime.

A junior biology major at Stony Brook University, Shah has participated in a Forbes Women’s Summit, already given a TEDx talk, and secured provisional admission to medical school.

“My dream job would be to marry my interest in biology and in science with my interest in journalism and communicating science,” said Shah. “I’d love to be a medical correspondent.”

Shah said her journey began with little more than passion and high school-level science equipment to go on. With the help of mentors, she developed and now plans to market a low-cost, all-natural mosquito repellent that she hopes will bring about global change.

“I think by travelling and talking to people and getting different perspectives, you gain a lot in terms of just different advice,” said Shah. “. . . I’ve also met a lot of women who are now my mentors in a lot of ways.”

This summer, Shah has interned at Fox News, with a focus on science reporting. Her own science research informs her work, she says. “I’m really passionate about investigating diseases and how to improve diagnoses and really improve healthcare in the United States.”

Shah credits careful time management with enabling her to juggle academics, research and a social life.  “It’s really hard balancing everything during the school year,” Shah said. “ I have a planner and it’s almost like every hour there’s something going on.”

Shah said despite how far she’s come, she feels like she’s only beginning. “I’m nowhere near being done,” she said.

“I think when you really find that one thing that clicks with you,” Shah said, “it’s not an effort to be passionate about something.”

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Real journalists in real cubicles: a day of real-life experiences

Newsday cubicles. Photo Cred: Hanna Da'Mes
Newsday cubicles. Photo Cred: Hanna Da’Mes

Wednesday was probably the most eventful day out of the week so far. It began with an early breakfast as usual, and then after our morning lectures, we headed over to Newsday. We were able to see rooms full of cubicles that real journalists worked in, and we learned more about the history of both journalism and Newsday. Some people from Newsday volunteered to speak to us, telling their stories and letting us ask questions. Before the field trip, we went to a broadcast set on campus and worked the various jobs included in TV news. My favorite job was probably the sound booth.

Lisa Angell and Kayla Aponte sleeping. Photo Cred: Hanna Da'Mes
Lisa Angell and Kayla Aponte sleeping. Photo Cred: Hanna Da’Mes

Afterwards, we all got back on the bus and rode to the Ducks game. We separated into our groups and tried to figure out what we were going to write our stories on. My group, which consisted of Madison Flotteron,  Yardalie “Yaya” Daniel and Dan Walocha, wanted our story to be on the high school and college students who worked in the concession stands, but we were told later that we weren’t allowed to, so we had to settle for it being on the various groups and organizations that were attending the game. We walked around for hours, interviewing people, shooting b-roll and taking pictures for our story. After a couple of hours, we decided that we needed a break, so we went to the bouncy house, and it seemed that a little time acting like a kid was a good way to relieve stress. We quickly got back to work after eating, interviewing another baseball team and shooting some more b-roll.

It was a really long day, and the exhaustion showed as we drifted to sleep on the bus ride back to the university.

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Mary Kate Guma

Mary Kate Guma: ‘Being at the school newspaper meetings help me feel alive’

Mary Kate Guma never thought she would have a passion for English and journalism.

But the 16-year-old Locust Valley rising senior has developed a love for the subject. She said she is hoping to gain even more experience during this week on the staff of the Greene Gazette at the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists at Stony Brook University.

Her shyness has never kept Mary Kate from showing her passion for journalism. Rather, quite the contrary is true; the field helped her to come out of her shell and express herself and her talents to the public.

Mary Kate has been a member of her school’s newspaper, The Voice, since entering Locust Valley Middle School. She will become the club’s editor-in-chief for her final year at her high school’s newspaper, the Spectrum. Her school’s staff has nearly 10 editors and 15 writers. She said she plans on trying to bring add more staff and, perhaps, start an online version of the paper.

She was born in Locust Valley and still lives there with her parents and younger sister, Olivia. Mary Kate said she enjoys traveling and that she recently traveled to Canada and referred to the trip as an “exceptional visit,” mainly because of her interest in learning French. She also enjoys skiing in the mountains of Connecticut, where she spends time with her aunt.

One of the things she likes to do most is eat French toast, which she described as her favorite food. And she is not afraid of doing so at any time of the day, even at 11 p.m.. She enjoys participating in various clubs and playing golf and volleyball.

Furthermore, Mary Kate said her journey to becoming a journalist derived from her love for reading. As a child, she enjoyed reading classics such “Anne of Greene Gables.”

She said that she found “comfort,” in reading and that it “was a way to express herself” as a child.

History has been her favorite subject in high school since she enjoys learning about other people. Plus, she said, it’s always been a subject to discuss with her family members.

However, her English teacher, Mary Greco, has given her a new perspective by analyzing literature and talking in-depth about books she uses in her class.

If being a journalist is what she her destiny is, she hopes it’s in the writing area of the field. She said she is excited and feels that it’s important to her because she will get to concentrate on one thing and have the ability to know “how it feels as a career.”

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A jam-packed day with lots of lessons

Monday, the first full day of the Robert W. Greene program, was a really excellent experience. In my previous blog post I described the excellent breakfast here, and I finished before we had the interview with Shawn Heilbron.

Heilbron is the new addition to the Stony Brook staff. He is the new Athletic Director and has high hopes improving Stony Brook’s sports reputation as a whole. In the interview we got to listen to Heilbron’s story as to how he got to be where he is today, and then we proceeded by each asking questions, acting like a real reporter. Through the question and answers we discovered that he is interested in building up the football and basketball program, and then marketing them to get more of an audience at the games. He would then use these funds from the games to fund the other sports equally, and even has hopes of starting up a new women’s sports team.

After the interview with Heilbron we headed out to lunch. Lunch was pretty good, there was a various amount of options, but I can personally say that the pizza was really good.

John Williams Photography ClassJohn Conrad Williams then came in and taught us about the ISO, aperture and shutter speeds of the camera. We then took the cameras outside and practiced taking pictures of moving targets and of each other. This was one of the best parts of the day, going outside where it’s not  -20˚ like in the newsroom.

Kelly Colligan by Reid RubioAfter the photo lesson, we took a dinner break, which was basically the same food as lunch, which was fine by me as long as there is pizza. Next, Professor Rick Ricioppo came in and taught us about the topic I’m most interested in—broadcast journalism. We learned the basics, most of which I had already known from my class in school, but I did learn a few things about layering which was really nice.

Even though the day felt never-ending, I did learn some really exciting new things that I can’t wait to take back to my broadcast program in my school and share.

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No pillow. No fan. No problem.

Forgetting my pillow and fan seemed to be the worst way to begin my journey with the Greene Gazette team at Stony Brook University. However, that didn’t stop me from enjoying my first day with students I barely knew, who within the night became the best group of friends. I’m eager to learn new techniques and methods about journalism, and also looking forward to make and keep wonderful friends.

With a charming welcome and a barbecue, the team was able to learn a little bit about everyone and everything. We were also accompanied by a quick lesson on blogging and photography by our program advisors. They are wonderful people who take their time to teach us in order to accomplish Bob Greene’s dream.

My first night with the group has been excellent since my arrival. For someone who has never been in a residence hall or any summer program whatsoever, I quickly adapted to my short, but new environment. The students welcomed me kindly and even nicknamed me “YaYa.” I was pleased with the idea since I’ve never been given a nickname with my real name, Yardalie.

My roommate, Kelly, has been nothing but wonderful and friendly to me. We all spent the night eating pizza, chatting about boys, dancing and singing to the craziest music. It felt like we’ve been roomates our entire lives. And I enjoy every minute of it. As I’m excited to develop new ideas, I also hope this week could be longer and never end.

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