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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.

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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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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The end

Last Day on the job

Yesterday was quite the experience. Being in a newsroom for more than ten hours working on multiple projects is stressful, but rewarding. Since I filmed the footage we took at the Ducks game on Wednesday, I had the job of scripting/editing the whole thing. This is really my favorite part of it all. It’s incredible to see everything come together and you end up with such a complete project. Although this process was at times painful and overwhelming, in the end it’s all worth it.

For me, today is more of a relaxed day because I am practically done with my assignments. I think the video came out really good and I’m proud of my team for producing such a cool piece of work. I hope everyone else that sees it likes it as much as I do.

I’m really going to miss all the people I met here. At first, I was hesitant to whether I would click with any of the other students here, but now there is no doubt in my mind these people will be my friends after we leave Stony Brook. Everyone here is so open-minded and ambitious. It’s refreshing to see young people be so passionate about something, while having a blast at the same time.

I also hadn’t seen Reid since freshman year, so reuniting with him has been awesome. It’s weird how even after a long period of time, some friendships can pick up right where they left off. Plus, Lisa is now a homegirl. I really hope all of us hang out after this program and stay connected throughout high school, and even college.

I have learned so much this week that I never thought I would have. Even though some activities weren’t exactly my favorite, in the end they helped me become a more well-rounded journalist.

I’m still not exactly sure if I want to become a journalist. I think I just don’t want to restrict myself to one career just yet. Trying out all these new things has been really beneficial to me. Learning photography with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John Williams was such a cool opportunity. I’m excited to take these skills back to Shelter Island’s journalism program.

P.S. Hi Emma if you’re reading this. :)



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Day 4 (Wednesday): Today was field trip day. We left the newsroom, a rarity. In the morning we went to Studio B to learn about broadcast. I rocked the teleprompter while we put on a news report. Apparently, that is the highest position I could ever receive in broadcast. I was told my messy camp hair was not acceptable for in front of the camera when it was my turn to anchor. Following broadcast, we attended Newsday for insight from on-the-job reporters and editors. Hearing everyone’s stories of how they ended up at Newsday was so interesting. While at Newsday, the Greene Team received another shirt from Kidsday. Being the immature dorks that we are, Reid and I tied them around our necks like capes. Reid said he was Superwoman, so he has that going for him.

Reid and I putting our new shirts to good use. Photocredit: Laura Fallick
Reid and I putting our new shirts to good use.
Photo credit: Laura Fallick

After Newsday we were off to see the Ducks to report on the game. My team’s angle was “Is America’s favorite pastime alive and well?” After interviewing dozen adorable kids we came to the conclusion that although other sports on the island are becoming more popular than in previous generations, Baseball is still a big part of the American sports culture and will be for years to come. I can’t wait to start writing and editing the video package. Becoming more sleep deprived everyday, I couldn’t wait to get back in bed.

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Returning to my grandfather’s roots

My feet are sore, my eyes are barely open, and I feel as if I’m going to fall asleep any second.

Wednesday was fun. We got to go into Studio B and played with different broadcast journalism equipment. That was fun. Then we went to Newsday and I got to see pictures of my grandfather and hear stories that made me cry because I was proud. I haven’t really talked about him for a long time.

Then, at the Ducks game, they lost big but we didn’t stay for the whole game. We interviewed 12 kids and took pictures. I ate fries, ice cream, and cotton candy. We got back to our dorms around 10:30 p.m.

Bob Woodward and Bob Greene
Bob Woodward and Bob Greene.
This morning, I didn’t get woken up until 6:50 a.m. I put my hair in a bun, put on some foundation, brushed my teeth, and got dressed. Now all I want to do is sleep.

It’s so bad for us kids to be up so early and sleeping so late. Every time we have a speaker I’m just trying to stay awake. I need an energy drink ASAP!!!

I’m excited for this to be over so I can be able to sleep.

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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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Hanna Da'Mes

Hanna Da’Mes: Writing is easier than talking

Hanna Da’Mes, a rising junior at Riverhead High School, had her interest in journalism sparked by her school newspaper.

“I decided to join the club because I already knew of my love for writing,” she said. Before she knew it, she was the president and editor of her online school newspaper, Riptide.

Hanna undoubtedly has a passion for writing, saying “I like writing because for me it is easier than talking, easier to get my point across in the right way without holding back or freezing up.” She added, “I started to love writing about five years ago, but didn’t realize how much until two years ago.”

She said she especially loves writing fiction and fantasy in short stories, poems and prompts for her creative writing class at school. Hanna has even written introductions and outlined ideas for longer stories and novels. Hanna’s mother, Shana Fink, has seen Hanna’s work.

“She writes stories that captivate the reader,” she said. “Hanna is very inquisitive and honest. She is thorough in whatever she does.”

Hanna has started to expand her writing repertoire by investigating a journalistic path.

“I first was interested in journalism in ninth grade,” she said. “I wanted to explore all aspects of writing.”

Her newspaper club supervisor, Martin Faint, a former journalist, encouraged her to apply to the Greene Institute. In the program, Hanna hopes to learn more about broadcasting. “I have no experience in it,” she said. “I would also like to learn about video editing and other technological aspects of journalism.”

Hanna said her favorite aspect of journalism is that it shines light on the truth, giving people new perspectives and hopefully aiding others. “I like how journalism is not only hard facts, but opinions and angles, and I love how articles tell others of the good and bad in the world, whether it be global events or little acts of generosity and kindness,” said Hanna.

Thanks to the Internet, the world of journalism is evolving, including Riverhead High School’s online newspaper. Hanna enjoys being able to learn and interact with people from all over the world using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. “I think it is good because it is a great way to be informed of all other cultures, philosophies, and ideas.”

Along with writing, her dream career would be in stage acting. She has been acting for about six years and has been involved in shows such as The Wiz, Fiddler on the Roof and Tom Sawyer. Besides her school drama club, next year she hopes to become a member of the chamber choir as well.

Hanna’s mom says she is excited for Hanna to attend the program.

“I am happy she is on the Greene Team so she can see all the avenues journalism has to offer,” she said.

Although Hanna may not see herself as a future journalist, she says she is “willing to learn more about it, so that maybe it could be a sort of back-up plan. I do enjoy writing, however, and I would like a career that entails some form of it.”

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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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Hanna, Sharon and Kayla (from left) helping me practice depth of field

Photography and Murphy’s Law

Day 2 (Monday continued): Tired as anything, the day continued as we embarked on our first photography lesson with John Conrad Williams. He taught us all about exposure and within a few short hours we were taking photographs like professionals (and modeling not so much like professionals). Leaping and jumping around in the quad trying to get a good action shot with Kayla was definitely a highlight of the day.

Kayla "Jumping for Joy" while I captured the action shot
Kayla “Jumping for Joy” while I captured the action shot
Our endless day was followed by dinner, where mac and cheese seemed like the most appetizing option. I got to know a few more of the Greene Team members over our “delicious” dinners. After dinner we got a video lesson from Rick Ricioppo where we learned the importance of angling and layers (like an onion). “Shrek is love, Shrek is life.” That is my new motto. Our day of work ended with the announcement of our groups. My group-mates are Lea Greene, Colin Maloney, and Laura Fallick. I am excited to find out what our assignments are for the rest of the week. When we arrived back at the dorms all the girls joined in for another game of Scattergories (with snacks). The Greene Team is becoming closer by the hour. I can’t imagine having to leave some of them at the end of the week.

Day 3 (Tuesday): And so our sleep-deprived week continues. I think I finally know everyone’s name. Once again we had a photography lesson with John Conrad Williams. We learned depth of field and how to take a good portrait.

Hanna, Sharon and Kayla (from left) helping me practice depth of field
Hanna, Sharon and Kayla (from left) helping me practice depth of field
Kayla and I aced it as always. Afterwards we started on our assignments. My team and I attended a cancer graduation scholarship ceremony on campus and reported (at least attempted.) And just like always- whatever could have gone wrong, went wrong. The lighting was too dark in the building, so as the reporting photographer I was rendered pretty much useless. Then when I went to edit the video my team had captured (which I have been looking forward to all day) the video did not transfer to the computer! So my lesson for the day: technology will never work the way you want it to; Murphy’s Law: what can go wrong will go wrong. Well at least it is a learning experience.

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Scattergories makes fast friends

Day 1 (Sunday): Arriving at Stony Brook, anxious and excited for the week that lies ahead, I move into my room and exchange goodbyes with my parents and sister. I am left alone in an unfamiliar place with very unfamiliar people. One would think it would take at least a full 24 hours to make friends. But no, it took a slice of pizza and a game of Scattergories.

So meet the Scattergories crew: my roommate Hanna Da’Mes, who I had only briefly texted before the program, Kayla Aponte, one of my dad’s former students from Longwood, and her roommate Sharon Ahmed. Soon we were joking around like old friends. I never thought it would be such an easy adjustment being put in a place with complete strangers. Soon enough I was being my goofy self with people who turned out to be quite similar to myself. I never thought four girls could hit it off so fast and so well. We stayed up later than we would like to admit and mingled with some of our fellow journalists.

Day 2 (Monday): Due to the time we all went to bed, the 7 a.m. wake up call wasn’t anyone’s cup of tea. I am not a morning person, so waking up in an uncomfortable bed at the crack of dawn (by my definition) was practically torture. Early morning breakfast with the New York Times was definitely a first. I am looking forward to getting our group assignments tonight along with hopefully another game of late night Scattergories. The week is off to an enjoyable start with some pretty fantastic people.

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