After waking up at 7 a.m. and not stopping until the end of our video workshop at 9 p.m., I truly learned what it is like to be a busy college journalism student. Our day was off to a great start, despite the early hour, at “News Over Breakfast,” where newspapers were distributed as we ate in the SAC. We were all tired at first, but after the first article was read, we couldn’t stop talking about everything that was going on in the world. It was a great way to wake us up, start conversation, and make us aware about important worldly events. A highlight of my day was definitely the photography lecture with Professor John Williams, which took place from 1-5 p.m. I was slightly apprehensive about how engaging a four-hour lecture would be, but it really flew by. I learned so much in that short amount of time about working a camera and taking professional photographs, and it was fun to leave the chilly newsroom and wander around the beautiful Stony Brook campus to take interesting pictures. We are all definitely looking forward to our second lecture with the professor on Wednesday!
The video workshop with Professor Rick Ricioppo was extremely educational and enjoyable. In three short hours, Professor Ricioppo managed to instill in us the importance of taking a wide variety of shots and the pressure photographers are often under to complete a specific report. I learned so many valuable skills about visual journalism that I am looking forward to bringing back to my school newspaper.