Day four: We broadcast a story and watch some fireworks

Today is Day Four, and we still haven’t learned to go to bed early.

Every morning I tell myself that I’ll go to sleep right when we return to our dorms, because dragging myself out of bed at 6:30AM is not exactly at the top of my list of ‘Most Fun Activities To Do Over the Summer,’ and every night, I stay awake talking to my suitemates.

Anyway, yesterday morning, we visited the Stony Brook Broadcast Studio. Everyone took turns working the control room, reporting the weather, anchoring, controlling the cameras, and floor directing. For me, personally, this was so freaking cool! The broadcast field really interests me, and I was really excited to be a part of it.

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(from left to right) Mehek, Emily, and James at the teleprompter station.
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Emily and I at the anchor’s desk in the studio.
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(from back to front) Niki, Sascha, Alexa, and Jamie observing the mock broadcast.
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Jon (clearly) enjoying his turn at being floor director.
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(from left to right) Mehek and Brianne take their turn at anchoring.

Later, at night, we attended the Ducks game at Bethpage Ballpark. The Greene Team was divided into smaller groups so that we were all able to tackle different stories. My group consists of Alex, Ilona, Colin, Niki, and me (we call ourselves ‘Team Conalexi’, a mashup of all our names that I created).  We did a feature of Ducks Season Ticket Holders, and conducting interviews and filming b-roll footage was really fun! Everyone we interviewed was extraordinarily nice and cooperative, and we even had a couple of young kids who came up to us asking to be interviewed.

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Team Conalexi! (from left to right) Alex, Ilona, Colin, Niki, Casey

We spent pretty much the entire game covering our story, finishing our job around the bottom of the seventh (and last) inning. Our night ended with all of the Greene Team enjoying ballpark food and fireworks. T’was a successful night.

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The Ducks logo is painted proudly inside the stadium’s press box.
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The view from the Television Broadcast room.

Conducting interviews, filming, and taking pictures has really been a great way for me to feel like a real journalist. I feel completely immersed in the journalism world.

Aside from that, one of the best parts of my days is at the end of the day, when the suitemates and some of the other girls all hang out and just talk. We talk like we’re all old friends. Our closeness doesn’t only apply to the girls, though. The feeling of comfort and relaxation extends throughout the entirety of the Greene Team. There’s a sense of unity among all of us. I really enjoy spending time with all of them.

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Emily braiding my hair on the bus to the Ducks game.
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(from left to right) Alexa, Casey, and Emily. The three of us share a suite with two others, Brianne and Alicia (not pictured), and we have become very close.
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The Greene Team at Stony Brook’s broadcasting studio.