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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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Workplace newsbreak

We’re still in the thick of it in the newsroom, as it is the last workday, but I’m enjoying blogging too much to move right on without some more posting. Sure, I could move right to the final post, but where’s the fun in that?

Waking up this morning was an absolute drag. (The Greene girls gathered last night for a game of Cards Against Humanity—I fell asleep around two in the morning. Oy.) The penultimate night was a ton of fun—we made friends with math camp kids in the lounge (and made a failed attempt to play a huge game of cards) and just generally hanging out with members of the Greene Team.

Despite the super-grogginess, the business and general busy-ness in the newsroom provided a quick jolt of energy—it was out of bed and back into the zone.

This post as a work in progress -- very meta~
This post as a work in progress. Very meta.

My article is all wrapped up after an editing session with professor Duffy and professor Dowdy. In our time at their desk, I learned a lot about journalistic parameters and exactly how a concise, professional article should be written. Now that’s indicative of the program—in just a short part of the day, I took in so much knowledge. With the week ending, I feel like I’ve learned an absolute ton.

After working all morning, we were treated to pizza—real, non-cafeteria pizza—and reflected on the program and our thoughts coming away from it. I’ll save those thoughts for my final sappy post—as I’ve said, my article is finalized.

The Greene Gazette: Visible Progress
The Greene Gazette in progress.

After our delicious-perfect-wonderful lunch—did I mention the pizza was good?  Because the pizza was really, really good—the Greene Team met with Robert Pertusati, senior associate dean of Admissions at Stony Brook. He discussed not only admission to Stony Brook, but things to keep in mind when applying to any college.

It was informative, useful and anxiety-inducing—essentially my thoughts on all college chats—but to talk to a professional on the subject was all the more meaningful.

Gifts to the Greene Program, courtesy of Stony Brook!
Gifts to the Greene Program, courtesy of Stony Brook University!

It’s only three and the newsroom is buzzing—journalism students and Frank Posilico are back to help in the Gazette’s production. My work is done and it’s exciting to watch the process from afar. It’s almost a little nerve-wracking to view and observe, but I can’t wait to see the final product.

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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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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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My Stony Brook University debut

My first day at Stony Brook University is exceeding my expectations (for now!). Breakfast was nourishing, as well as delicious. I know it is just the morning, but I have no doubt today is going to be amazing. The software and technology is the newsroom is unbelievable: dual-screen computers, five TVs, a projector, etc.

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The best part of my first day at SBU was the pizza party. At first, the only person I knew here was Jacqueline, but now I know everyone. The gregarious side of me has taken over and I am no longer the shy, introverted girl that is uncomfortable in new situations.

I strongly believe that I will become a new person by the end of this process. It will make me a more outgoing and intellectual person and a leader. This is just the beginning.

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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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No hashtags for me

It’s day two of my Stony Brook journalism experience.

Yesterday I found out I had no roommate. It has its ups and downs. For instance, I have a room to myself: no conflict picking a time for the alarm, no need to argue over who gets what drawer, and no one to tell me what time lights should go out (besides maybe the senior residents that look over us summer students). The solitude doesn’t bother me.  Although I’m missing out on having the college experience of having a roommate, I’m fine with it. I got more time to finish George Orwell’s 1984 without the distraction. I wish I brought more books because I’m near in the end and I’m running out of material.

My parents aren’t too adapt at navigating the Greene Gazette website, so I have no worries about that. But I won’t be using the hashtag “greenegazette” anytime soon just in case. I barely use my Twitter, and I when I do, I usually just favorite posts, not write them myself. There really isn’t any use for me having an account, but I keep it anyways. It’s weird, but at least I know I won’t be spied on by my parents.

The Student Activities Center (SAC) is a great place to spend some down time in. The Greene Team ordered pizza yesterday after ten minutes of difficulty trying to find a Dominoes or different delivery place. We all chipped in and eventually ate our individual slices together while watching Monsters University together. Afterwards, I played a round of billiards. Nothing too exciting. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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