By Daniel Maron
July 25, 2015
The old saying goes that the best tool one can have is experience. That is exactly what we gained today as we spent our first full day at the Greene Summer Institute.
Our day began early with breakfast at the Students Activity Center where we glanced at the day’s newspapers and took note of what was making news.
After breakfast we made the short walk to the Newsroom, for an in-depth 12 hours of lessons and practice.
Following a brief lecture about the structure of a news article, we continued researching Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn, who later joined us for a meet and greet followed by a simulated press conference. Hahn talked about her past bills on topics ranging from domestic violence to gun control and toxic chemicals in children toys. It was a unique experience meeting a reputable politician who works in the best interest of her constituents.
Our next lesson was with Pulitzer Prize-winning Newsday Photo Editor John Wiiliams who explained the ins and outs of our D-SLR cameras including the many factors required for the perfect photo.
Our long day in the Newsroom concluded with a video lesson given by Professor Rick Ricioppo who taught us how to produce professional grade video packages. We then split to our story groups to take stock footage around campus and then uploaded those files to our individual server folders for later editing.