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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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The Greene Beans team
The Greene Beans team

If anyone had asked me to accompany them to any sporting event two years ago, I probably would have laughed it off and rejected them. That is because it’s not my thing. However, going to the Ducks game last night opened my eyes to different things.

We arrived at the game an hour and half early with no story to write about. My teammates (Hanna, Dan and Madison) and I called ourselves “The Greene Beans.” We bonded to shoot videos, take pictures and interview people. Though it was nerve-racking to ask people their experience during the game since we didn’t want to be rejected—or get yelled at—it turned out to be experience that I could never forget.

I loved going to different places at the game and snapping pictures of the teams that were playing, the audience and the youth baseball leagues. Some children were so eager to be on the camera, which motivated me more. Unfortunately, we couldn’t interview all of them.

After nearly an hour and half walking around with our equipment in hand, we finally stopped to have some fun. We were later joined by Reid Rubio and Noelia Vazquez, bought tickets to go in the Ducks bouncy house and relax. This definitely made my night.  Overall, I enjoyed myself and I wish I could do it more often.

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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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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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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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Madison Flotteron

Madison Flotteron: Getting to the bottom of truth

Madison Flotteron had no intention of pursuing journalism as a career until her ninth grade English teacher, Walt Fishon, encouraged her to take the journalism class offered at her school, Bay Shore High School.

“I fell in love with how everything works and getting to the bottom of the truth,” she said.

This class was only the beginning of her journalistic journey. She says her uncle, Pat Mullooly, editor of Kidsday at Newsday, is the true inspiration behind her passion for journalism and writing. Madison was introduced to the “real world” of journalism when her uncle would take her to interviews, where she would help him write the stories.

“The one thing that attracts me most to journalism is that one answer isn’t good enough,” said Madison. “You need to talk to everyone to get a story straight and I love how reporters will do just that.”

She said she believes that a story does not only involve a single person, but everyone who has witnessed the same events and has participated in making the story what it is. She admires reporters who have the ability to look at a story from all perspectives.

“I look up to them because they don’t put their personal opinion into a story,” she said. “They’re able to tell it without having any bias.”

Madison, 17, heard about the Greene Gazette program from Fishon, a Stony Brook University alumnus who took courses in journalism. “Madi has the ability to connect with the person she is interviewing,” said Fishon. “She listens and builds off of the conversation.”

He described Madison as effervescent, inquisitive and passionate.

She also heard about the program from a classmate.

“My Editor-in-Chief, Brianne Garrett, also went here the year prior and told me to apply because she loved it,” Madison said.

In school, Madison is editor of the newspaper, Brightside, and she is also the news producer for the school’s broadcast, BSHS News.

“The experiences I have had in journalism makes me love it more and more,” Madison said. “My newfound interest is broadcasting because I love being in front of the camera. It just feels natural to me.”

She said she would love to be a reporter for major news channels, such as Fox and CNN. She said she would like to double major in business and communications in college. explaining,  “…communications because I like journalism and talking to people, and for business because I like money and being the boss,” she said.

Madison is captain of her cheerleading team, the coach for her town’s cheerleading youth program, and the head coxswain for her school’s crew team. “I am part of “Keep Islip Clean Junior Commissioners program,” which is a select few from many school districts who come together to think of ways to improve our community’s environment,” said Madison.

She said she hopes to change the world by giving the people information that will undoubtedly aid them in some way. “I believe journalism influences the world around us by getting straight to the truth,” said Madison.

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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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Mmskk, selfies and smiles

We are not even done with our second day and I’ve already made so many memories to last a lifetime. We learned a lot of interesting things yesterday, but my favorite part definitely was when Pulitzer Prize winner and Newsday Assistant Photo Editor John Williams (who by the way is my new favorite person) came in. He brought us outside and taught us how to properly take artsy pictures (not really). In all seriousness he taught us how to take amazing quality pictures and how to adjust the shutter, ISO and aperture.

My friend Madison and I were partners for the assignments and, if I do say so myself, took some amazing action shots of us jumping. The amount of possible profile pictures for all our social media we took in one day is never ending. We really bonded over that and sharing the back corner in the newsroom. I also learned something important about her – don’t get her name wrong. I accidentally called her Melissa and she punched me.

Just kidding. We’ve actually gotten really close and she’s hilarious.

Another great part of these past few days was playing Scattergories with all the girls late last night. I feel like it’s never a dull moment with these ladies. So far the food hasn’t been that bad. I had pizza and ramen noodles yesterday, but we decided to put them in the microwave to save time and it kind of broke – the ramen noodles not the microwave. No matter how many times we put it in it wouldn’t warm up so naturally I got up to throw it out and completely fell flat on my face which was kind of embarrassing. I recovered though, it’s all good.

After the workshop last night, but before our Scattergories night, Madison, Alejandro and I were in the break room where we met this kid from another team. His name was Matt and he was from Port Washington he was here for math camp. Even though I absolutely hate math, he was really nice and we all became friends. I would have to say my absolute favorite part of this experience is meeting so many new people.

A selfie with Noelia
The pic that made us Stony Brook Famous
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A selfie with Noelia

Photography class featuring selfies

Yesterday was quite an eventful day. We worked from morning until night nonstop, but I enjoyed every moment of it.

The new director of athletics, Shawn Heilbron, paid us a visit to discuss how he will be making improvements on Stony Brook’s athletic programs. Heilbron said he is eager to get started in his new position. This was the first time that Heilbron has met with student journalists at Stony Brook in his new position.

A selfie with Noelia
A selfie with Noelia
In the afternoon, John Williams taught us how to work the cameras and showed us cool techniques to get a photo just right. Noelia Vazquez and I got a little creative and took a selfie!

It was such a pleasure working with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and Newsday assistant photo editor, John Williams. He had so much knowledge on the subject and has so many interesting experiences from years of traveling the world. Williams taught us how to take still and action shots. We had a lot of fun shooting the action shots because we got to play around. We were running, tumbling, and jumping and the photos came out very well. Williams was as enthusiastic as we were and was happy to see us get so involved with the photography.

Arm Jump Rope


Journalism Jumps

In the evening, Kelly Colligan worked with Noelia Vazquez and I on our video camera practice. We had so much fun! We asked people to do some pretty random things for us in our shots. For example, we found some guy to throw a penny into a fountain and then we had a lady read for us on a bench. Our inner-stalker side came out when we got footage of a man riding around on his bike and he had no idea we were filming him.

When I got back to the dorms at night I was disturbed by a Snapchat that my sister sent me. I have been gone for barely 24 hours and she has already moved into my room. Now I know what to expect when I go away to college!

My sister, Morgan, is currently taking over my room when I am away. She is wearing my Vineyard Vines whale hat, my white scarf, and my Coach pocketbook.
My sister, Morgan, is currently taking over my room when I am away. She is wearing my Vineyard Vines whale hat, my white scarf, and my Coach pocketbook

Bonding with all the Greene Team members has been fantastic. I can tell already that I will stay in touch with the people here for a long time to come. We are all getting along great and I have already made so many new friends, as well as become even closer with Sharon Ahmed and Alejandro Serrano from school.

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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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$81 dollars worth of pizza and some bonding

I’m not going to lie—as excited as I was to get in my car and get away for a week, I was incredibly nervous. This is an incredible opportunity and I want to make the most of it. What I was most nervous about was that everyone here was going to be an intense hipster, because obviously that’s a stereotype for writers.

Everyone here is so friendly. I liked that we came here already knowing someone because of the bios we were asked to write. I feel like it made everyone a little more comfortable with each other. Even though we were strangers, we quickly became friends in a matter of minutes. I especially think we all bonded when we all got together to order pizza to end our starvation. Our total came to $81, and we each chipped in a couple dollars. While we were waiting, we all introduced ourselves and really got to know everyone.

It’s only been a day and we already have nicknames for each other, my favorite is YaYa—aka Yardalie. Meeting new people is awesome, but I feel like just hearing people’s stories and finding out that you having common interests is also interesting.

For example, Madison and I are currently bonding over Gossip Girl and taking candid selfies in the newsroom with the clocks. It’s not even 11 a.m. and it has already been a great day, I can’t wait for the rest of the week to see what happens.

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First night of an unforgettable week

The night truly began when the parents left and the never-ending slides Professor Ahmad had of auto blogs screeched to a halt. Nonetheless, pizza, the mathletes and Monsters University was a surprisingly compelling combination.

(I’m being completely sarcastic.)

The pizza was good though. Soon after the pizza, Alejandro Serrano, Madison Flotteron and Jason Reid joined me on the most miserable wait of our lives to play pool. Watching the mathletes attempting to use algorithms and geometry to get a striped ball into a hole was equivalent to watching a caveman starting the first fire.

Getting used to the idea that privacy is limited and every aspect of my life here is to be shared with others is an idea that’s quite foreign to me. However, opening my door to a room full of people I know nothing about was almost like a blank canvas. Knowing that each and every single person here has a uniform journalistic mentality, yet completely different alter egos, makes us a truly unique bunch.

I can’t wait to see what the Greene Team has to offer.

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