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.
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 my 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.
It is Friday—how exciting. I lost track of time Thursday after working all day in the newsroom with food breaks throughout the day, but my team progressed in our assignments. We agreed on a team name—Wasome Sauce (Wasim is our coordinator).
Everything is coming along together and I can’t believe its been a week. It is a different atmosphere working specifically to finish assignments, rather in school when I have to balance meeting deadlines and editing with homework and reading for other classes.
Working all day yesterday was tiring. But it was a draining type of fatigue. It was not so much physical, but a common feeling that comes with a package of education usually followed by a catharsis of success once you open it. I finished the broadcast piece on the Emergency Operations Center and submitted my story on new police cars on campus for edit.
Professor Ricioppo helped us out with the film editing and learning about scripting tracks, then we laid the tracks down in a little studio booth that was cool and professional. I feel more confident about writing voice-overs and recording and editing now, which was something that I was really looking forward to. Usually at school, I rushed broadcasts to meet deadline and tended to focus on writing more but now I feel comfortable with both.
It has been a fun week and I have learned more than I thought I could learn in a week from walking and planning a report to editing video and audio to playing pool with kids from other camps.
This is my last blog post for the Greene Gazette but I will try to find the time to blog elsewhere. I found it amazing how close the Greene team got and the level of comfort we felt with each other without really knowing one another previously (with a few exceptions). I will try to stay in touch with everyone I have met, and keep learning and applying skills to journalism wherever it is applicable.
I snapped a picture back during the first photography lesson, that sums up the 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.
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.
My first day here at Stony Brook University, with the Greene Team has been exhausting, but fun. Thanks to the wonderful John Williams, who devoted his time to teach the team about the aspects of photography, my day was fantastic. Photography has always been something I wanted to experience, but never pushed myself to do. The lesson that he taught us was long, but fairly educational. His sense of humor also made it entertaining.
I enjoyed the way he photographed pictures. It gave me a new perspective of what photography is really about. For many people (and me) using a camera has always been about taking a picture—and we would be lucky if they were good ones. But now, I think of it in a different way, as in changing the shutter speed of the camera to obtain a perfect shot, switching the ISO and knowing the difference when I’m taking picture inside and outside. Although I didn’t do so well in taking the pictures, I am looking forward to learn more about photography in today’s lesson.
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.
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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The Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists