I knew that the fun wouldn’t stop. Yesterday was easily the most thrilling and fast-paced day I have ever experienced as a journalist.
The Greene Team started off with a lesson in TV news and production from Stony Brook Professor Connie Conway, who helped us navigate through the school’s TV studio. All of us worked together to produce a news update, with each member of the Greene Team playing an important role. I got to be the weather man, but I totally messed up on my first try, as my hand could be seen floating in front of the green screen with the rest of my body off to the side. However, I had a blast working together with my 17 new friends.
After the studio, Newsday sports reporter Jordan Lauterbach paid a visit to the Greene Team to explain how to write a sports story. Jordan provided lots of great advice about writing to meet a deadline. He’s also a big Mets fan, so that was cool, too.
In the afternoon, the Greene Team actually visited Newsday offices. We learned about the work of legendary Newsday investigative reporter Bob Greene, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the man for whom the Greene Summer Institute is named. We also got to look at the Newsday print shop. This was particularly inspiring for me because my grandfather worked in a similar place many years ago for the New York Times. We then visited the newsroom, which is the braintrust of the Newsday publication.
Finally, the Greene Team traveled by bus from the Newsday offices to Bethpage Ballpark, the home of the Long Island Ducks. Baseball has been an enormous part of my life since the time I could pick up a bat when I was little. I’ve been to hundreds of baseball games over the years, but I have always gone to watch the game. Yesterday however, was a unique experience for me. Greene Team members worked in groups to report on stories aside from the game itself. My group is doing a story on Ducks season ticket holders. I gained lots of experience shooting video, and had a great time working together with Alex. The story should be really interesting when it goes on the Greene Gazette website on Saturday.
This week has been a blur, but at the same time, it has moved in slow motion. Someone once told me that time flies when you’re having fun, and I certainly believe that after this week. However, I have also gained an incredible wealth of knowledge and friendships that will last a lifetime