By Grace Anne McKenna
Today was the first day working in the newsroom. With computers in front of us and the news rolling on the TVs, we were surrounded by journalism. Cathrine and Zack introduced us to the world we would be working in this week. Today’s lesson began with story writing: How to carefully collect accurate facts, report unbiased information, seek sources, prepare and present yourself in an interview. After taking a break for lunch, we gathered back in the news room where we met John Williams, assistant photo editor at Newsday. We were educated on how to navigate our cameras and were able to experiment ourselves. Williams walked us through the process and soon we were on our way. We were released onto the campus to work on taking pictures while adjusting aspects such as brightness and speed. We learned about the technical terms of modes on the camera: ISO, shutter speed, F-stop and aperture. We also learned that moving from mode to mode is called a stop. Later, we were able to upload the photos onto the computer to use as support for our writing. I can’t wait to take more pictures for my articles! After that, we took a break for dinner and then it was back in the newsroom to learn about videography. We were able to work with each other under the instruction of Stony Brook University Professor Rick Ricioppo. So far, I have had a great experience at the Greene program and am looking forward to the rest of the week.