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Greene eggs and ham

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

The Greene Beans.
The Greene Beans.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Play ball

I have never been to a ball game…

Nor have I ever had the opportunity to gain private access into one of Long Island’s largest news corporations.

A day full of surreal experiences, visiting Newsday and going out to the Long Island Ducks game was truly a privilege.

Despite the fact that I was practically half-awake on the bus to Newsday and professor Zachary Dowdy had to shake me back to life, a surge of energy sparked through me once I saw the huge building with Newsday written on the side of it in big letters. Once we walked in, we learned about the amazing feats the man we are all here for today accomplished.

Robert W. Greene was winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his work on “The Heroin Trail.” Realizing the magnitude of the prodigious talent one must have in order to get such an award blew me away. As aspiring journalists, we are here to carry on his legend, and looking at his plaque on the wall at Newsday truly put things in perspective.

Moving on to the ball game: although there was only a very brief moment where I actually got to sit down and watch the game, I loved the overall

Play Ball!
The inspiring Newsday Logo reading, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
Play Ball!
Visualizing the amazing Greene’s accomplishments in what I would describe to be an experience of a lifetime.

atmosphere of it. I also loved getting stared at for carrying around a six-foot tri-pod and notepad.

As the day wrapped up to an, end I realized that the Greene team had truly hit a home run that night. We got closer than ever.


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Mary Kate Guma: multimedia reporter (just kidding)

I sat in the same chair for about ten hours yesterday. It was an exciting time.

In the morning, Sharon and I worked on a story for the website about a 9/11 memorial at Bethpage Ballpark, and at that point, I still had quite a bit of energy, so it really wasn’t unpleasant. Then we met with Bob Herzog one last time so he could edit it, which was actually really nice.

He edited the story without losing the flavor we had created, and everything he said and reworked made sense. I was definitely glad he was a temporary Greene Team member. He was so conversational and friendly, and yet managed to teach us about sports reporting too. I was sad to see him go yesterday.

After the written piece, Sharon and I continued with the story by working on the script for our video clip, and that was and long and tortuous process, let me tell you. Script writing is not as easy as it sounds, though I believe Sharon did have fun recording it in the sound booth.

Then the real work began, sometime around six last night. We started putting the video together, which again, is more complicated than it sounds. I had never used FinalCut before, and though I got the general hang of it, anybody can just throw clips together, arranging them in a virtually pleasing, coherent, concise way is not something I have the hang of yet.

I’m still working on it, though. This morning, Sharon and I are trying to finish off the video. We need to learn how to put “lower thirds” into the video, and just get some general aid and hopefully, we should be done shortly. Fingers crossed!

(Quick update: We’re done! The story is finished and we’ve had pizza for lunch.)

Stony Brook’s Senior Associate Dean of Admissions Robert Pertusati came to speak to us about college which was actually really helpful. I don’t have any clue what I’m doing when it comes to college admissions, so any advice I can get is good advice. And I actually find it kind of exciting. It’s like a giant race, one in which hundreds of thousands of teenagers are running. I’m naturally very competitive, so the idea just kind of appeals to me. Just the idea, though—I don’t think I’ll be crazy about the process of being accepted or denied!

By the way, in case my title gets edited, I just want to make it clear I do not consider myself a skilled multimedia reporter. I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m just following Newsday reporter Lauren Harrison’s advice —Fake it ’til you make it.)

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High fives and goodbyes

Sunday, the first day of camp, felt like forever ago. Even though it has only been five days since we left our parents for a week of camp, the whole week has been a blur. Between the Ducks game and the two interviews yesterday, there has been no time to breathe. But right now, all of us have just finished editing our videos, so it’s cooling down a lot.

The best parts of this experience would have to be the video editing and the news anchoring parts. These were really fun compared to taking notes and reporting. Besides anchoring, we also got a full broadcast journalism crash course lesson, which included learning about the control room, cameras and teleprompter. If anything, I would be most interested in the broadcast and video editing section of journalism; I find it the most intriguing and it is easier to speak in front of the camera than it is to write.

Kelly Colligan and I, second day of camp.
Kelly Colligan and I, second day of camp.
Two pairs of roommates, plus YaYa
Two pairs of roommates, plus YaYa

We had some really interesting and fun alums of the program come and help all of us with the process of journalism. Becky was really helpful in writing my script and Briana was really helpful with writing the Ducks post.

I am in the middle about going home. I am sort of excited because I can’t wait to eat some real food other than college pizza twice a day. But, I really want to stay because of all the amazing friends I’ve made this week. Tonight is the last night we will be seeing each other for a while, so we are going to try to make it count. Hopefully the math and science camps won’t hog the Ping-Pong and pool tables like the rest of the week. We have already developed a Facebook page to make plans for a reunion, even though the camp didn’t end yet.

There were some really fun times, there were some really stressful times, and there were some really sassy times. But, all in all, the camp started off pretty shaky, but ended up being a really worthwhile life experience with lots of new friends involved.

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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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