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A day of writing and work

As the week nears a close, work on The Greene Gazette has been chugging right along. Yesterday was devoted to newsroom work: calling sources, working on videos and writing, writing, writing.

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A screenshot of some of the work I’m doing.

I had the opportunity to go into the sound booth and record the tracks that will play over our broadcast piece on new campus cop cars. Being in there was both super cool and super weird—does anyone’s recorded voice actually sound that way in real life? I’m concerned.

(Funny enough, my family tried to FaceTime while I was in the booth and got a quick tour of the sound system and downstairs newsroom before I had to get back to work. So really, the day was filled with writing and a quick update on why my parents should not have bought a huge sound system for my brother.)

I also had the opportunity to get the profile I’d written on Reid, edited by Newsday copy editor Goodwin Anim. The experience was so valuable, since he really broke down what I did right in addition to what needed to be fixed.

It was a serious and authentic newsroom today—the clacking of keys sounding throughout.

cue "Getcha Head in the Game" from High School Musical
Cue “Getcha Head in the Game” from High School Musical

I actually managed to finish my written assignments relatively early in the evening and was able to leave the newsroom to get “man on the street” interviews with the help of Frank Posillico, an online photo editor for the New York Daily News.

That trip was definitely the highlight of the day. I got to explore the campus a bit and hear more about the field from Frank. That late in the evening, most students weren’t milling around the library and lounge, but we were able to get two pretty good interviews (though most people we asked turned us down…hmph).

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(The last student interviewed gave such a perfect soundbite, it was like a hallelujah chorus started playing when he spoke.)

It was a great little trip around campus—which, as I’ve noted in nearly every blog post, is really so pretty—and I learned a lot talking to Frank.

The campus is literally so pretty -- I can't say that enough. (Also, I took this rather decent picture, thanks John Williams' class!)
The campus is literally so pretty—I can’t say that enough. (Also, I took this rather decent picture myself, thanks to John Williams’ class!)

Back in the newsroom, it was time for my piece to be edited in preparation for publication. Certainly a valuable experience in journalistic form and proper style, but I don’t think I have it in me to be a real-deal journalist, seeing as every time a sentence I liked was cut, I gave a little internal scream of “nooooooo!”

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My work station with two screens, otherwise known as the coolest thing ever.

It’s been a learning experience all around. We’re back at it again today to pull it all together before the site goes live tomorrow, and then it’s off to Stony Brook’s film festival.

Fingers crossed!

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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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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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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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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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An unforgettable week

I can’t believe the week is coming to an end. The days were certainly longer, and the nights shorter. But the experience was definitely one that will last forever. I am so grateful that I was chosen to be part of this program that cost me nothing, but taught everything; the different aspects of journalism, friendship, living the college life. I couldn’t have asked a better way to spend this last week of July. I wish it could have last longer.

Here at Stony Brook University, the Greene Gazette program is the first summer getaway I have ever experienced throughout my teenage life. I made great friends in the span of one week and we bonded as if we’ve been friends our whole lives. I enjoy having girl nights with them because we talked, laughed and joked about everything. My roommate, Kelly Colligan, was the best roommate I could have ever asked for.

YaYa, Kelly, Hanna, Reid
YaYa, Kelly, Hanna, Reid

Going to Newsday showed me that journalism is not simple and a lot of work has to be done. It also gave me a clearer picture of how diligently people work in the field. In addition, I enjoyed going to my first ball game ever, the Ducks. I took pictures and  jumped in the bouncing house with Hanna, Reid, Madison and Noelia.

Most importantly, I am thankful that the team and I had amazing and supportive professors who organized this program in honor of the late Bob Greene, who left them motivated enough to organize this institute. Wasim Ahmad for teaching us about blogging, Cathrine  Duffy  for her lessons and patience and Zachary Dowdy for his motivation and the other professors who also participated in the program.

Their teachings have changed our perspective on journalism for the better. I took what they had to offer in such a small amount of time and applied it to what I really want to do in life. I know for sure wherever life takes me, I will definitely take some type of photography and writing courses in college. They will both be an aspect in my life. This experience has really been a week to remember.

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Two Ducks fans, Louise and Dan, attened the Ducks game on July 23rd, 2014. (Noelia Vazquez)

Ducks’ playoff dreams dim

The Long Island Ducks faced another loss on Wednesday, July 23 to the Connecticut Bridgeport Bluefish. This is the eleventh consecutive loss for the Ducks this season, a trend that started on July 9. The team lost 11-3, which clearly does not help the spirit of the Ducks fans.

“The Ducks have been on a losing streak so far,” said a Ducks staff member. who Brandon Schneider, a Ducks staff member. “With what I’ve seen so far, the losing is really putting the crowd and the players down.”

 

“The Ducks need a win soon.” Schneider is constantly with the crowd. Therefore, he gets an inside look at the crowd’s reactions to the game.

With the Ducks loss to the Bluefish and no sight of a win, the spirit of the crowd might be slipping. However, Chris Wenz, 38, of West Islip and a frequent Ducks fan, said otherwise. “They [the Ducks] were national champions for the last two years, so I figured that a losing streak now and then is probably expected.”

Another loyal fan of the Ducks, Michael Heeren, 13, from Long Island, expressed his worry. “If the Ducks lose 10-plus games, I might be a little concerned if the Ducks are going to make it to the playoffs or not,” he said.

With the loss last night, the chances of the Ducks making it that far are growing smaller.

There are eight more July games for the Ducks, all of which are away. In August, there are 29 games, 16 of which are home.

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Family reunion, the sweet escape and an enlightening realization

Tuesday night was a lot of fun. We stayed up until 2 a.m. playing Cards Against Humanity. One of the CAs (the one that played Disney music in the shower) joined us, too. Her name is Nujbat Meraji or Nuji for short. She is so nice and was a lot of fun to hang out with for the night.

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Madison Flotteron in the School of Journalism broadcast studio on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Photo by Wasim Ahmad.

The following morning we went to the TV studio at Stony Brook and did practice broadcasts. This was my favorite because I love being in front of a camera. It gives me such a rush and I enjoy seeing how the videos turn out in the end. It’s amazing how much goes on in a broadcast. There is never a dull moment when putting a broadcast together because there is so much teamwork. Everyone needs to help each other into making the broadcast a success.

Later that day made Wednesday the best day of camp. We finally were able to leave the campus. The lack of freedom here is really getting to me, so I really appreciated the field trip that took place.

Running around at the Ducks Game
Running around at the Ducks Game

Visiting Newsday was fun because I found my uncle, Pat Mullooly, who works for Kidsday. I hung out with him for a bit and he gave everyone Kidsday T-shirts. He also took me around Newsday on my own and I was able to see all of the interesting people who work on the paper.

Selfies at Kidsday with the one and only Uncle Pat
Selfies at Kidsday with the one and only Uncle Pat

One of the speakers at Newsday helped me realize that this career isn’t for me. He said that if you want to make money this isn’t the job for it. It hit me that I’d rather make a lot of money than broadcast everyday. I think that broadcasting will get old pretty quickly because I am starting to get sick of it from just a week of camp.

I was really excited that we were going to a Ducks Game because I really wanted to watch the game and have fun with the Greene Team. Silly me! I did not even get a chance to sit down in our seats and I don’t even think I saw the game at all. We had to work the WHOLE time!!

I thought this was going to be the one fun day before we dove into finishing all the work. I did not find it necessary to work the whole game because the footage just got repetitive. On top of that, we didn’t even stay all nine innings, resulting in us missing the fireworks show that was supposed to take place after the game.

When we finally finished the broadcast.
When we finally finished the broadcast.

The trip wasn’t a total bust though because Reid Rubio, Noelia Vazquez, Hanna Da’Mes, Yardalie Daniel and I went inside the Ducks’ bouncy house! Yes, we sound like we’re 10 years old, but it was the most fun thing about this week. It was the most exercise we got in a while too because we’ve been cooped up in the newsroom all week. The people working the bouncy house were very nice letting us in because it is generally for younger kids.

Inside the bouncy house there was a slide, also. Those three minutes in the bouncy house were the highlight of this week. We were finally able to let loose and just enjoy each other.

We like tall trophies
We like tall trophies

I found out last night that I can’t have journalism as a career. I cannot imagine missing out on every event I go to because I need to cover a story on it. Last night was a real eye-opener and I want to find another career.

Overall, I do still enjoy broadcasting, but I think I want to find something else as a profession. I will still keep up with the world of journalism, but I will most likely minor in it rather than have it as a major in college.

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Journo-heroes

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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Reid Rubio

Reid Rubio: A track record of success in journalism

Reid Rubio comes to the 2014 Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists program with impressive skill. Only a sophomore, he was chosen to join Westhampton Beach High School’s broadcast journalism class—a seniors-only program.

Since then, his skill has only grown: as a part of the weekly “Hurricane Watch” program at his school, he has worked in editing, both as an anchor and as director of installments. The program was his first experience in journalism, and he instantly immersed himself and was surprisingly adept at each task given to him, he said.

Teacher Kirsten Philips, who selected Reid for the program, can attest to this.

“Reid is by far one of the best broadcast journalism students in my class this year,” she said. “I recommended him for this program because I believed that it would be a perfect match for him.”

A perfect match it was: In an installment of “Hurricane Watch,” Reid was able to create his favorite “package”—a piece on the Winter Olympics of 2014, in which he used a green screen and created his own virtual set.

In other packages as well, Reid has been able to develop new skills in all avenues of journalism, particularly digital news and other new media outlets. A valued member of “Hurricane Watch,” Reid is a talented student with a passion for well-told news stories.

Outside of his past experience, Reid, a rising junior, comes to the Greene program with an important task: he arrives at Stony Brook this summer to determine whether pursuing journalism in college is the right path for him.

“I am actually in this program to find that out for myself,” he said.

While he does enjoy journalism, he is conflicted about whether or not he would enjoy it as a lifelong career. This summer will not only be important in enhancing journalistic skill, but in paving the path to his future.

His mother, Stacy Rubio, said she can also see the value in Reid attending the Greene program: “I believe that this program will be a great decider for Reid to see whether or not he will pursue a career in this field in the future.”

His broadcast teacher, Mr. Philips, informed him that the Greene program would be “a blast,” as did peer Emma Galasso, a Greene Team alumna from Reid’s school.

“She said that I would shine out at this camp and believes I have a career inside of it.” Reid said, a smile on his face. After this summer’s program, his answer will be determined and, perhaps, a career in journalism pursued.

Reid had an answer at the ready when asked about his favorite journalist.

“Robin Roberts,” he said enthusiastically. “She is such an inspiration with her amazing stories of how she brought “Good Morning America” to being one of the most-watched morning news programs in the nation. My mom got to meet her last month, and [she] told me all about just how great of a person Robin really is.”

The written word is not his only passion, however—he has an athletic side as well. Reid is a year-round competitive swimmer for Westhampton Beach’s varsity swim team, as well as a swimmer for Islanders Aquatics.

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Courtney Taylor

Courtney Taylor: Teen scribe and lit scholar

Many people might find planning for the future a scary topic. However, the future is clear to Courtney—receiving her doctorate in English literature.

Although Courtney is planning on pursuing an English major degree, she’s currently in the Robert W. Greene Institute for High School Journalists program at Stony Brook University.

When asked why she chose a journalism camp, Courtney responded, “My interest in journalism began when I took a creative writing class last year at my school that was linked to a journalism one. I had never been interested in journalism before, but the class piqued my interest and made me want to learn more.”

Being 17 years old and going into her senior year in high school, Courtney faces the pressures of choosing the right colleges for herself after her final year in high school while juggling living at home with five siblings and trying to get her schoolwork done.

With all of these challenges, Courtney’s family knows her goals and shares her vision.

Lauren, Courtney’s older sister, said, “Courtney’s always loved to write, so she’ll definitely enjoy being at Stony Brook learning at the journalism camp.” Sandra, Courtney’s mother, said Courtney has had a passion for writing from a young age.

“In first grade, she’d bring stories she wrote to school and have the teacher read them during ‘circle time’ —so, she’s always been interested in writing,” her mother said.

Based on her older sister and her mother’s opinions it is clear that Courtney has always had a talent for writing.

Courtney, who currently attends Massapequa High School, has written many articles and papers that have been published in her school newspaper, which shows a commitment to a higher standard of writing. Courtney finds inspiration in Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America.”

She thoroughly enjoys watching him on the news and hearing everything he has to share with the public. When Courtney isn’t spending time at school, she likes to pick up on some of her hobbies.

“My hobbies include reading, writing and acting,” Courtney said, adding, “I’m president of the drama club at my high school.”

All of her hobbies have helped to guide her in making a decision to major in English literature. Courtney believes there is truth in the saying that everything you do paves the way for what you are going to do in the future, including the Journalism Camp.

Timothy, Courtney’s father agrees: “I remember reading Robert W. Greene’s work and since Courtney is a writer too, I’m really proud of her for getting a place in such a program.”

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Yawning while smiling

Yesterday was an unexplainable day filled with laughs, yawns, and a lot of learning. We started with an empty cafeteria filled with all the Greene Team hopefuls, anxious about the first day. In the early morning we researched Shawn Heilbron who is the newest Athletic Director at Stony Brook University. We got to ask him anything we wanted and were the first students to do so since he started working here. We had to stand and say our name before asking our question, which was intimidating and nerve-racking, but once it was over, I felt like I could ask anything again and again.

I have not decided if I like the Student Activities Center (SAC) food yet, I think it is growing on me, but I will opt far away from the pizza and stay close to the pancakes. During lunch it actually feels like we are all attending Stony Brook as college students. There are a lot of different students and camps and people. It is eye opening to see all the diversity at the university, which makes it one big unit.

After lunch we met with Newsday Assistant Photo Editor John Williams. We had a big lesson about things I didn’t even know the camera was capable of doing. We learned so much in such a short amount of time. John Williams made me look at the camera in a different light, to appreciate everything around me and to always capture a moment. His slideshow of the pictures he has taken inspired me, they were captivating and real yet it looked like a different world all at the same time. We got to go outside and take photos of each other doing movements. Laura Fallick and I took full advantage of running, walking, jumping, cartwheels, and any other movement we thought of. It was one of my favorite parts of the day where I saw a camera in a different perspective.

We also like to play with iPhoto on the Mac, and lost our eyes somewhere on the roller coaster of doom.
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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.


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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.

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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.

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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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Monday madness for the Greene Team

panning your subject

Yesterday was full of photography, cartwheels, and Double Stuf Oreos. We started the day by blogging and interviewing the new Athletics Director here at Stony Brook, Shawn Heilbron. I’ve never interviewed a subject among eighteen others, so that was really interesting. Heilbron was very well spoken and enjoyable to listen to. He gave us exactly what we needed to write our article.

After lunch, we got the privilege to learn from a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, John Conrad Williams. After seeing what an incredible photographer he was, I was a bit intimidated. But after Williams showed us some basic skills of photography, I became more confident. We ventured out of the ice-cold newsroom, and out to take photos of the fountain, and then on to portraits. After experimenting with the camera’s ISO, shutter speed and aperture, we moved on to action shots. We jumped, cartwheeled, and leaped across the grass, while our partner tried their best to capture the shot. One of my shots came out really cool, so I inserted it into this blog post.

Following our photography lesson, we ate dinner. I decided to make instant mac & cheese in the cafeteria’s microwave. Solid choice. Once everyone had finished eating, we began our broadcast lesson. Rick Ricioppo was our instructor, and he helped us assemble the camera on the tripod, and get the most out of our videos. Towards the end of the lesson we got the chance to test out our new skills and tape some scenes outside. We filmed everything from footsteps to still nature. I’m excited to see how our (very random) movie comes out.

After a very long day, we situated into the dorms. All the girls gathered in one room to play a fun game called Scattergories. We laughed at every single response while shoveling down Double Stuf Oreos and Doritos. Party games and junk food is always a good time. After a few rounds of playing, my roommate Yaya and I went back to our room. I’m so glad Yaya is my roommate because we are so much alike. We will definitely keep in touch after this program ends. Let’s just say there’s never a dull moment in room C211.

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Highlight of my summer already

These past two days have been by far the most eventful of my summer. Besides having to go through a drivers’ education course, I have not done that much with my summer. I have numerous reasons—or really excuses—for this: Studying for my final exams drained me, drivers’ education took up too much of my day to do anything else and several others.

photo1But since I started the Greene Institute yesterday, I have had no time for excuses. I met my awesome roommate, Reid Rubio, learned how to take more professional-looking photos with my iPhone, played a very close and down-to-the-wire game of pool with some of my fellow Greene Team members and spent my first night in a dorm room. That was only the first day.

Today after a quick breakfast at the Student Activities Center, we got right to work learning the fundamentals of news and preparing for our first interview later today with Shawn Heilbron, Stony Brook’s new Athletics Director. In comparison to the rest of my summer, these two days with the Greene Team have been full of excitement and new experiences, and I am looking forward to what the rest of the week will bring.

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A great ending leads to a busy beginning

Last night was fantastic. After we had a story talk, we all got together and ordered pizza. This pizza was some of the best I’ve ever had and I really can’t wait to get more. Then, we sat back and watched Monsters University courtesy of the Math and Science camps that are also attending Stony Brook right now.

During the first full day here at Stony Brook University, it’s not even noon yet and we’ve already been up and moving for the past few hours. The day started with a loud knock on the door at 6:30 am…. way too early. My roommate and I, Colin, had to try to find the energy to crawl to the bathroom and get ready by 7:15 a.m.

Kelly and IAt 7:30 a.m., we were escorted to breakfast by a Conference Assistant. Of course, being the health fanatic that I am, I had a wholesome and balanced breakfast of Lucky Charms cereal and Pepsi this morning.

Since then, we headed to the newsroom, which is equipped with some really cool, state of the art iMacs for the journalism program. We then researched the new Director of Athletics, Shawn Heilbron, who came in for an interview with us at 11 a.m. We developed questions for the interview.

Out of all the people here, who are truly amazing, one person that really stood out to me was Kelly Colligan. Kelly is a fantastic individual who is really talented at journalism and playing volleyball. It is so great to be meeting such interesting people here.

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