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.
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.
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The Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists