Final Blog Post

By Ebony Thompson

So, it’s currently 9:04 am and the last day of the Greene Institute. The only sounds are that of my roommate Janet packing, the faint bird chirps outside our window, the AC, and of course my fingers tapping on the keyboard.

So, I just want to say that this week has been an amazing experience, as it has not only exposed me to the world of journalism but it has also introduced me to some amazing, creative, hilarious, and kind hearted people. You are all amazing and I wish you all the best in everything you do, be it journalism or otherwise. To those of you who are creative writers like me, may you always have the drive to write the story or poem that is in your heart. And to all the rising seniors, good luck with college apps. (we definitely need it)

Thank you to Zack and Cathrine, you two have been amazing mentors and I appreciate everything you’ve taught us this week. Thanks for staying on top of us to get our work done on time- even if we didn’t appreciate the effort in the moment.

I was definitely stressed at times, but I know that it’s how real journalism works.

Thank you to all the mentors and teachers that helped and taught us this week, as I know you guys didn’t have to take the time out of your schedules.

I honestly so grateful that I was accepted into this program in the first place, as it has made me seriously consider journalism as a major in college and motivated me to be more engaged in the news.

In short, I loved this program and I wish you all the best.

Signing off,

Good night, and good luck

Congratulations Greene Team!

As the ninth year of the Greene program comes to a close, one word stands out as a theme: teamwork.

Without a dedicated team of faculty, staff and volunteers, this program simply could not happen. In turn, the lessons in teamwork learned by the students this weeks are ones we hope will stay with them throughout their careers. The spirit of collaboration that marked Bob Greene’s own career — from the Arizona Project to his famous investigations team at Newsday — was alive and well in the Newsroom this week.

We’d like to thank all who contributed to making the program run so smoothly.

Having a record 25 students in the program this year enabled us to reach more students, including more residents of New York City.

We promised the students in advance that this would be a whirlwind week of work, fun, frustration and exhilaration. There is no doubt they would agree that it was. Their passion for journalism at such a young age is inspiring. We hope this week helps them continue on their path as the next generation of journalists. Bob wouldn’t want it any other way.

–  Zack and Cathrine

Wrapping up a great experience

By Grace Anne McKenna

As the Bob Greene institute comes to a close, the team is putting all our effort into wrapping up our story packages. For lunch, we ate pizza in the conference room and reflected on our week. We discussed our expectations coming into the program and explained how we grew as young journalists.

After that, we met back in the newsroom and were introduced to a dean of admissions at Stony Brook University. He told us about the do’s and don’ts when looking at and applying to colleges. To close the meeting, Bill Bleyer spoke to the group about journalism and careers in the future. He even gave us advice for college.

Then, we separated into our groups once again to work on completing our stories. We had a brief news meeting to set deadlines and discuss our progress in our work. After, we ate dinner and went to see “The Kings Choice” at the Stony Brook Film Festival.

This experience has been so helpful to my work as a journalist and so much fun meeting new people and trying new things. I would have never known what it was like to stand behind a video camera or how to set up and edit pictures if it weren’t for this institute.

I will use my knowledge that I have gained in this past week at my school newspaper and in the future. I especially loved learning how to structure my articles, learning about journalistic terms (leads, blind leads, TK, etc.).

I can’t wait until tomorrow when we are able to show off all our hard work! Yet, I will miss all of my new friends here at the Greene Team.

A letter to the Greene Team

By Sarah Graziano

This is the last blog post for the program so I thought this had to be saved for last. A very special note to you, my teammates whom I am well pleased and proud of. Here it goes…

Dear fellow teammates,

First off, I’d like to say how extremely blessed I am to have been surrounded by people that have a passion for journalism like myself. We have all learned many new things that we will bring back to our schools, go off to college, and for life.

One example is how teamwork is an integral part that leads to success. We were not meant to be alone. By being in the company of others and their support, makes all the difference. We all recall the stress these past few days have brought. But how did we all manage to get through it? By staying calm, even at times when it was tough and taking it one step at a time. Whether it was helping a teammate with editing, writing the stories or scripts, no one got the job done alone.

Second, the techniques and new skills we have learned this week. For some, we were exposed to things in a way we have never been before, myself included. We also came across challenges as well, which is normal. These moments make us strive to take the extra leap of faith and go forward. This week pushed all of us to step out of our comfort zone in one way or another. That’s what I find so inspiring – is the way we handled it with grace and did not let our stress and anxiety hold us down.

Lastly, the friendships and connections we made with each other. Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to meet all of you, and I sure wish I did. But to those who did, with all my heart I thank you. Your character is what shapes you into the incredible, talented and super special young men and women you are. I am inspired by your energy, contagious spirit, and perseverance to go above and beyond.

We ARE the future of journalism. In the world that we live in today, some people say that our voices don’t matter because we’re “too young” or “don’t understand.” No, it’s our job to represent our generation and let our voices be heard. I believe that we all will go far in life, whether it be within the major or what ever we end up doing. I love you all very much and I’m so proud of all we accomplished this week. Here’s to a bright future and many more amazing opportunities coming our way.

Love, your teammate,

Sarah Graziano

A blog post to remember

By Kyria Moore

As the out work concludes this Friday afternoon, I am very proud to say that WE ARE OFFICIALLY FINISHED! We handed in all packages, fully edited and proofed and our work looks AMAZING!  The way all the video footage came together to create one story gave us all a since of pride. My team and I worked really hard on these stories and, hopefully, it shows. This moment is kind of bittersweet because all though the heavy work load is off our shoulders, I had a lot of fun during the process and will miss the hilarious, fun moments with my team. All and all, this experience is one I will carry with me down the road and assured me that I 100% want to continue this profession. I’ve learned so much that I will definitely apply to my high school career as a journalist. Also being in an environment where everyone is hard at work makes you appreciate your work even more, once completed.  I appreciate the many mentors that spoke to us that gave us advice on journalism as a career. They provided us with skillful information that I believe all journalists need. It was such a blessing to be a part of such a wonderful experience that can give you a whole insight to what’s ahead for you. This career is essential to the people and I view it with high respect. What makes it 10 times better is that  you get to share this experience with people who understand this profession and have a passion for it, just as much as you do. I’ll miss Greene Team 2017!!


By Brandon Ortega

This program has taught me so many aspects of journalism that I would have never realized or learned about. With today being the last productive day, it feels like a relief but at the same time it’s a bit of a bummer because I’ve already been accustomed to the load of work that we had to go back to every day this week. I definitely appreciate all the work that journalists do in order to get the story published.

Today we focused on our last bits of our Ducks and Dr. Bisiani story. I was really happy to get some feedback on the draft by my fellow teammates and by Cathrine. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be able to get the story done in one day.

Part of me is excited that it’s Friday. I mean, really, who wouldn’t be?

Last Day Here in the Newsroom 🙁

By Sydnee Johnson

Well today is our last day in the newsroom and the way I see it, it’s a bittersweet kind of moment when you meet new people and they are just so great but that in a short amount of time you guys are pretty much done. I’m so glad that we got to learn what it might take college journalist majors to learn during a course of a whole semester, in only a week. I feel that I’ve learned so much from this program. For example,  you could never get enough B-ROLL which in journalism is a big part of your video editing, you could never have enough B-ROLL. This week has also given me an idea to start a news broadcast at my school because we really don’t have those type of resources during the school year. This hasn’t changed my mind as far as wanting to be in the journalism field which is good. I still want to be a broadcast journalist and if anything it made me want to do it even more, I think when we had TV day in the studio, it gave me an opportunity to actually see a studio for itself and see how much hard work it is as well as being a lot of fun. I wish that this program was more than a week, but I feel like Greene Team 2017 did an excellent job. I think that all of us are going to use this experience as a guide through the journalism world. I just want to thank Cathrine and Zack for having a program like this for young journalists that taught us a lot about journalism and all the different aspects, like news writing, editing, B-ROLL, cameras, broadcast and more. Great job, Greene Team! And I’m so excited to see all the ending results of what we accomplished over the week tomorrow when the program concludes.

Me and Sydnee sitting in the stands! (Photo by Kerri Kolensky)
Pictures of flowers from a Photography class with John Williams (Photo by Sydnee Johnson)

A hard day’s work

By Brandon Ortega

Where do I begin on today? We started right away on completing our Ducks story, and already starting on our Dr. Marisa Bisiani story.

Coby and I spent time working on the script and editing the video for the Ducks story, while our other teammates Ebony, Danielle, and Sydnee were working on the article and editing bits of the script as well. I wanted to be able to do the voice over because I’ve never had the experience of going into a sound booth and recording my own voice.

When the script was approved and ready for track, I immediately went into the sound booth and started to record. It was a bit of a struggle because I would not correctly say certain words, which then I had to keep repeating until I got full clarity. It was also a little pressure to not speak too loud into the mic because then the voice over wouldn’t sound as professional. I relaxed, let my shoulder loose and eventually got my lines right.

Later on, our team went to the student health services and the campus’ recreation center to get footage and complete the interview with Dr. Marisa Bisiani. We got a whole bunch of B-roll of the rec center and one of the exam rooms from the infirmary. When we interviewed the current VP of health and wellness, I remember how polite she was and her having such a great personality.

We finished off the day by doing last minute touches on our project and move up steps ahead from our deadline.

Interview with Olympian

By Gabrielle Topping

Today, the Greene Team held a press conference with two-time Olympian Janelle Atkinson! Then, my team interviewed her at the new university pool. It was so cool interviewing someone who has accomplished something so grand. She is very determined and the desire to succeed has never died. Since she competed in her first Olympics when she was seventeen, it proves that it is possible to achieve greatness now. Also, my team had the opportunity to interview Tess Stepakoff, who is the first swimmer Janelle recruited. With all the fantastic quotes, I wrote the first draft of the article. Journalism is a lot of hard work, but I enjoy every aspect and like feeling productive.

A day filled with lots of journalism!

By Maia Noah

Today we began the crunch to get our news packages completed! We learned how to edit our news videos on Final Cut Pro and met with our editors to make our articles final and the best that they could be.

Team 3 and I went down to the WUSB radio station and interviewed Isobel Breheny-Shafer, a key figure at the station and found out what her job is like and how the station runs so smoothly.

Today I really felt what it is like to work on a deadline and to feel pressure as a journalist.

I’m looking forward to completing both my news packages tomorrow!

To B-Roll or Not to B-Roll?

By Danielle Ranucci

To B-roll or not to B-roll? That is the question most of us on the Greene Team ask ourselves when we are on assignment to film background footage, also known as “B-roll.” We ask ourselves: Do I have enough B-roll? Is it good B-roll? Will my team “b” able to use any of it in their video package?

After attending a morning press-conference featuring the former Olympic swimmer, Janelle Atkinson, I spent the rest of today filming B-roll. As I filmed, I took a crack at the questions asked above, and developed some (purely humorous) guidelines to help others determine when to continue filming b-roll.

You should continue to B-roll if…

A. You’re too tired to B-roll but have nothing else to do.

B. You think you have enough B-roll.

C. You KNOW you have enough B-roll.

D. A T-Rex sticks its foot through the roof of the newsroom.

E. The world ends.

In conclusion: Just keep doing it. As they say in journalism, “you can never have enough B-roll!”

T-Rex arms

Picture by Grace Mckenna

By Janet Song

While finding insight and interviewing PhD candidate in math Tyler Mayer, for our group’s news project about the teen who became involved with June’s Geometry Regents exam, I realized my arms are too short to hold the microphone up for what felt like 10 minutes.

Imagine just sitting there while some random mathematical extraordinare is talking (about what, you don’t know; you didn’t take notes and forgot anyway), and having to sit there without any productivity going on, except for just your arm supporting the microphone. Worse is when you need to switch hands and everything becomes fussled and awkward.

Cathrine told me to hold it up more but, well, I couldn’t. I kind of tried, at least.

Day 4: Finding the stories

By Ryan Magill

Today showed us new sides of journalism. After starting with breakfast, we began our intro to TV journalism and news. We were anchors, weathermen and women, floor directors, technicians and camera people. Watching reporting afterwards was funny, to put it politely. Then we ate lunch, and we were off on our way to find news stories on the Stony Brook University Campus. My team reported on Ben Catalfo, a 16-year-old math whiz who challenged the NY State Education Department about a mistake on a Geometry Regents he did not even take. He won the challenge and was seen as a hero by many of his peers for saving them the hassle of summer school. It was interesting to met someone my age who is TEACHING college-level computer science programs, let alone taking them. We finished off with a video editing lesson and we went back to the residence hall. We ordered pizza, chilled ut then went to sleep after an action-packed day.

Day 4

By Ashley Collado

Interviewing Benjamin Catalfo, the 16-year-old who found the mistake on this year’s 2017 Common Core Geometry Regents, was one of the highlights of my day. He found the mistake while studying to become a geometry tutor, considering he took geometry back in the 7th grade and now takes advanced college level math courses. Not only was he extremely intelligent, but he was relatable and made talking about math actually interesting. My team, Team 4, and I explored the STEM department area of Stony Brook with Frank. The math and science buildings were much more modern looking compared to the Humanities, as well as being much more aesthetically pleasing to look at.

Photos all taken by Grace

Benjamin Catalfo

Day 4

By Ebony Thompson

Today was one of my favorite days of Greene Institute thus far. I had the honor of interviewing Janelle Atkinson during a press conference in the basement of the newsroom. Janelle is a three-time silver medalist for the Jamaican swim team, and is the newly appointed women’s swim coach at Stony Brook. She is tasked with restoring the women’s swim team after several years of inactivity due to budget cuts. We all got the opportunity to ask the athlete questions about her journey as an athlete and her goals as head swim coach of the newly organized women’s swim team at SB. I asked her questions relating to her Jamaican heritage and its impact on her career. She was very laid back and friendly, and I’m happy I got the opportunity to meet her.

The second person I interviewed today was newly appointed Vice President of Health and Wellness Dr. Marisa Bisiani. My team and I went to interview her at her office. She was very enthusiastic about the many programs she is implementing as VP. The programs aim to make health care of all types more accessible to students at Stony Brook, improving the quality of life. The mental health outreach programs in particular will be saving lives, giving help and someone to talk to for those who need it the most.

The rush

By Sydnee Johnson

Well today was a busy day! My team and I, Team 5 were working so well today and we’re so anxious on finishing the Ducks game package. We tackled an interview into our schedule with Dr. Marisa Bisiani for our second story and learned a lot about her job and her purpose here on the Stony Brook campus.

Now, tomorrow’s plan is to try to finish the final editing and everything for the Ducks game package. Then, after lunch, we’re going to complete the Dr. Bisiani story as well. I enjoyed the rush today because it had us busy with things to do because we were so concerned with finishing the package that we really didn’t have any time for anything else. I think our project is coming along great! GO TEAM 5!

A work of art

MY TEAM!!!💪🏾
Photo by Grace Ann

By Kyria Moore

Officially in full on work mode trying to get these packages done. 😅 We go from interview to interview, from writing to editing and it’s all coming together great. I’m eager to see the final product. Journalism is a work of ART!

“We’re live in 5,4,3,2…”

By Kyria Moore

I’ve been so busy lately I forgot to blog. 😭But I guess it’s a good thing because we’re getting a look at what real journalists go through on a day to day basis. I can honestly say I’m having a lot of fun! I’ve never been more excited to tackle loads of work before. Creating packages on a deadline really gives you adrenaline rushes. Also I’ve been taking interest in reporting. I guess that adds to the long list of possible journalism careers for my future. 😆 One of my favorite activities yesterday was getting to see how TV news operates and being an anchor. That really opened my eyes to TV news, which I always took interest in. It’s just like a team sport where every person has a role. From being on air to being backstage controlling what goes on, I loved every second of it!


Stressed out?

By Wei Ye Ng

Today is the last day of this program (kinda). Well, it’s the last day to work on our film and stories. Being that it is crunch time, everyone started to work faster and harder so that we can give it in on time. Overall, it was okay to work on it but when everything was going fast, you tend to overwork yourself. I was very tired in the end that throughout the day, I almost feel asleep. Having the help from others really got us to finish faster. During lunch time, we ate pizza and shared our experience to everyone in the program. I honestly was glad to be here in this program, experiencing so many things that I didn’t know about journalism. The people here were great and I’m glad that I met them.

Sweet game

By Jameson Adams

On July 25th The Greene Team took a trip to stadium to experience how it is in the field of creating a story. The game was played very well, but the main attraction seemed to be the food. So many kids lined up with their families to get a taste of the ice cream and other sweets. Overall it was a fun trip and challenging experience that I’ll always remember.

Last day deadline !!

By Athena Dawson

Today is extremely hectic !! It’s all about the deadlines. We just finished putting together our Ducks stadium package, and we have been working feverishly to complete our other package. I can’t tell you all the details or else I will ruin the surprise, but it is awesome!! I’ve learned a lot through this program, and I am even currently editing video in a professional program. I must say that I have a knack for it! I’m happy I’ve been able to learn so much in such a short amount of time.

Day 5: Well-oiled machine

By Ryan Magill

Today, we began to put in the work to make everything we have worked on come together. We shot our final takes and entered the intense editing stage. We have all gotten the ledes and the stories and now it’s time to put it all together! We had breakfast, then we went straight to the brutal couple of hours of non-stop tedious work. We have gotten a lot done today, and tomorrow is the finale of it all!

Our last day

By Kerri Kolensky

Today has certainly been a rollercoaster for the Greene Team. It is our last day in the newsroom, and by the time today is over, all of our hard work will be documented on this very website. The end of the week is bittersweet for me. I’m happy to see our hard work pay off, and return home to my family and friends. I will also be sad to go tomorrow, and say goodbye to the wonderful people I have met during my time here.

Greene has taught me many things about both myself and journalism as a whole. I have learned that I would still like to pursue journalism as a career, and that it is one of the most important jobs our society has. I learned how to challenge myself to try new things, and use new equipment. I’ve only ever been a writer, and I realize now that I enjoy more aspects of journalism besides that.

My experience on the Greene Team is one that I will never forget. I will miss it, and will be thinking of my time in the SBU newsroom when I enter my own journalism class next school year.

Crunch time

Photo By Grace Anne McKenna
Photo By Grace Anne McKenna
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By Grace Anne McKenna

Today began with news over breakfast, the usual. After that, we headed to the newsroom to converse about stories released in the morning news. These included the emoji artist, the Melville drowning and the closing of a local diner. In addition, we discussed our progress on the Ducks and on-campus packages.

One of the highlights of today was the press conference with Janelle Atkinson, former Olympian from Jamaica and swim coach at Stony Brook University. Although I was not on that story, it was interesting to listen to her speak about her life and career. I even took notes! I was intrigued because I am a swimmer too.

Next I worked with a photo editor who visited the Greene Team. We used Adobe Photo Shop to edit my pictures of Ben. Later, we worked on editing our articles with a Penn State student and former member of the Greene Team. After lunch, my team and I met Tyler, a PhD candidate in math at Stony Brook University. We shot video and pictures as well as interviewed him for his opinion on the geometry regents. We ate dinner and afterward, I edited the pictures of Tyler. We are currently working on editing our videos for both packages. Tonight is crunch time because the Ducks packages are due. I love the experience of working as a journalist under crunch time!

Work, work, work

By Wei Ye Ng

Today we focused on progressing on our Ducks story while starting a story about the 40th anniversary of the radio station in Stony Brook. We each divided our roles to split up the work while helping each other. Everyone was really interested on working the radio story that they were ready to work on it, putting the Ducks story aside for now.

Four of the 5 members of the team left the newsroom to take pictures and shoot b-roll of the radio station. They told me to start writing the Ducks story even though it wasn’t my job and I barely knew the topic that well. I mostly focused on researching more information about the statistics about the decline in baseball in popularity and ratings.

I was having a hard time writing this story since I barely knew any information about it until Cathrine and Zack helped me. They told me not to start off with the lead and helped write the article. It was really helpful and I had a general sense on how to write it now or at least helped Diego finish or edit the article. We also went to the School of Journalism’s TV studio. We got to experience how an anchor talks on show and how a production team works with others. We realized how hard they work and they have to work as a team.

At night, Rick taught us how to use Final Cut Pro. He showed us how to start it up, where to save footage and some tips on how it worked. In the end, today was focused on working to complete the story and to start the video process.

Editing, editing, and more editing!

By Sarah Graziano

The stress and craziness of meeting deadlines were in full swing on Thursday. Teams were scrambling to gather B-roll, voiceovers, and interview clips for their packages. This is a glimpse of journalism at its finest, folks! As the afternoon and evening rolled on, more sleepy eyes were seen all over the newsroom.

So yes, as you can see, tiredness comes into play in the life of a journalist. But once the final product is there, we will feel a sense of relief and take a breather. All the hard work, sweat, and tears put in to making the packages the best they can be! One thing that people should know is the dedication and passion that lie behind these stories. The long hours spent in the newsroom six days this week, really pays off in the end.

TV studio experience

By Brandon Ortega

The Robert W. Greene program has definitely opened my eyes to broadcast journalism, as today we went to a TV studio of the School of Journalism at Stony Brook. We had the opportunity to go in front of the camera and behind the scenes. It was such a different experience for me.

When our teams, Groups 4 and 5, went to the TV studio, I quickly developed an adrenaline rush to work on the set. I raised my hand as fast as I can to be selected as an anchorman.

As I approached the set, I was mesmerized by all the bright lights and the anchor’s desk. I was really focused on all the small details that contributed to the TV studio as well. When I sat down at the anchor’s chair, I felt like Anderson Cooper on CNN. While I was preparing my lines, I was noticing all the other jobs that must be completed to have a successful live news footage; the camera, the teleprompter control, the reporters and the weather reporters. And who can forget about the floor director? QUIET ON THE SET !!!

After playing the anchor, I wanted to work as floor director, whose job is not as easy as it looks. Next, I went on to do other TV studio jobs that really intrigued me.

Besides print journalism, I wouldn’t mind having some experience in the real TV world behind the scenes!


Diving into the last day

By Gabrielle Topping

Today has been quite eventful. My profile on Ebony and my article on Janelle Atkinson were both finalized. My team’s Ducks package was finished with the article, pictures, script and video. Luckily, Heather helped Kerri, Joe and I write the script for our second package. I recorded the audio track in the sound booth. My team found all the sound bites and B-roll necessary to complete our video. I’m very excited to see the final products and everyone’s hard work. This week has consisted of long hours, but I’m proud of what we have accomplished together.

A taste of broadcasting and video

By Maia Noah

Today we began by going down to the news studio to learn the fundamentals of TV broadcasting. While at the studio, we got a chance to try all roles. I learned that a lot of work goes into every role in the studio. Whether it’s the person working the Teleprompter or the anchor, everyone’s role is equally important. I also learned that the broadcasting end of journalism is harder than it looks.

Following the studio, I met with Bill Bleyer, my editor for my profile assignment. He taught me a lot about how to write like a journalist. He taught me to write as I’d speak to someone and to be punchy and concise.

Later, we chose a new story package to cover. My team is covering Stony Brook’s successful radio station, WUSB 90.1 FM, and its 40th anniversary. We began the package by getting b-roll at the radio station.

I’m looking forward to interviewing Norm Prusslin and Isobel Breheny-Schafer from WUSB tomorrow. However, that’s a wrap for day 4 with the Robert W. Greene summer program!

WUSB 90.1 on air

Victory at last

By Adelyn Veras

Photo By Grace Anne McKenna


Today was the last full day of the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists. Even though it was a long and intense week of hard work, I will miss absorbing knowledge and meeting new people. I will always miss working in my amazing team of hard workers, and conversing with a new best friend. This was an experience I will never forget and hope to bring to my school and share my knowledge with my peers.

We’re done

By Janet Song

It was a good day today with my team. We finally finished our video, and I’m really excited how it turned out! Of course, watching it now is rewarding, but the video is a painful reminder of what Kyria and I had to go through to edit the video. While I edited the visuals and the b-roll clips, Kyria focused on the audio, mainly because I was really bad at cutting certain parts up.

Grace took this picture yesterday of Ashley and I, but I forgot what the context was for the situation.


TV day!

By Sarah Graziano

As you can imagine, this was the day I have been waiting for. My roommates know that my excitement has shown since day one. I was the first co-anchor to do a broadcast of the Stony Brook News. This was also my first time being critiqued on my anchoring skills. Which really helped and I did get better after 5-6 tries reading over a certain part of the script before showtime. At times when I did feel a little discouraged, the smile on my face reminded me to have fun and let loose. I love being on TV and channeling my inner Savannah Guthrie!

This afternoon and evening, all five teams started editing their stories from last night’s Ducks game. What will be a stressful and hectic two days, gives the Greene Team a glimpse of life in the TV business. This will definitely test our time management and how we handle stress in situations like being on a tight deadline. With patience and hard work, all things will come together that lead to a great package!


By Janet Song

Ernie is tired. Ernie has worked himself up trying to finish articles and scripts for the video broadcasts. Ernie would like a long nap. Ernie will probably wind up sleeping at 1 in the afternoon because he forgot to make a blog post and has to write one. Ernie  has learned a lot today about B-roll and video editing but he hasn’t done much except interviewing some people. Ernie also met a nice man named Harvey Aronson, who was friends with Bob Greene. Ernie finished one article and a script hut has no idea how to complete the other script. Ernie feels pressured. Ernie is too tired to continue writing.

Breaking news: Sweet sixteen

By Danielle Ranucci

Today, July 26, is my birthday. My sweet sixteen, to be exact. And as one of the younger members of the Greene Team, it feels thrilling to grow a little bit older.

I got two cakes today, one vanilla and one chocolate. I got massive encouragement from Newsday member Bill Bleyer, who edited an article I wrote. I even got to be a news anchor, along with my fellow Greene team members. It was a great celebration, and I’m excited for what my second day as a sixteen-year-old has to offer.

Broadcast, geometry and video

By Grace Anne McKenna

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Photo By Grace Anne McKenna

Photo By Grace Anne McKenna

Today began with an introduction to broadcast journalism. Since the broadcast room is relatively small, my team along with a few others went in the later session. This alotted us time to work on our Ducks article and pictures. Then, we went into the studio. One of the most important things that I learned today is that everyone has a role in the newsroom. We each had turns at a role: Teleprompter controller, videographer, anchor at the desk, reporter in the field, control room, set director and weatherman. It looks a lot easier on TV! Afterwards, we broke for lunch and later regrouped in our teams to embark on our on-campus stories. My team was assigned a story on the regrading of the geometry regents. A member of my team is friends with the student who recognized and notified the state about a mistake on the test. Ben is a rising junior who took the geometry regents in 7th grade and is now enrolled in college level classes. He is also a math tutor and a tennis player. We were able to interview and photograph him. We joined him at his tennis lesson on the other side of campus. We shot some b-roll (never enough!) and I had the opportunity to photograph him, as it was my job for this story. Afterwards, we interviewed him and even got a chance to see him complete the problem and explained how the state made a mistake. We broke for lunch and returned to the newsroom to learn how to edit video with Final Cut Pro. My team will continue to work on organizing and editing our work tomorrow. I look forward to another busy yet fun filled day.

Meeting the team

By Ryan Magill

Today marks the beginning of a week of some pretty amazing stuff. I got to meet my friends for the next week, and everyone is so nice and open. My involvement in the Robert W. Greene Institute for High School Journalists already looks like an amazing time! I cannot wait to see what happens next.




By Coby Shapiro

Today we learned the basics to journalism and photography. I was intrigued when looked deep into the difference in newspaper headlines. We also chopped up beginning sentences to articles to show what needs to be in an article. We then split into pairs and wrote opening article sentences to the story “Little Red Riding Hood.” Our sentence was “An elderly woman was slaughtered by a wolf in front of her granddaughter due to “baked goods” conflict in their residence in Wisconsin last Friday night.” After Lunch we switched gears over to the basics of photography. John Williams then taught us about ISO which is the sensitivity and  fstop and ss. We then tried use our newly acquired skills outside by taking pictures of random things outside on campus. I personally was surprised how well my pictures came out. We then went in to the main hallway of the library building to take some shots. It was great being able to explore what I am able to do on camera inside. Overall I was alot better at taking pictures outside because the exposure was easier for me.

Great start to the week

By Sydnee Johnson

Today was a great start here at Stony Brook University. We learned how to use The Greene Gazzette website with Frank and logged into our website profiles so that we could blog at least once a day this week. We also brainstormed a little with Cathrine and Zack about what our news topics are for this week. We asked questions and put in our input as well as theirs for different news stories. The day ended with a great game of volleyball and most of the students participated. In a way it was an ice breaker because everyone got to know each others’ names and talk.

Day 2: Seeing the world through the lens

By Sarah Graziano

First day working in the newsroom! Started off the morning with a lesson on creating story ideas and interviewing tips with Cathrine and Zack.

The afternoon was all about playing with cameras and learning the important features to snapping a great shot, from Newsday photojournalist John Williams. I got better with adjusting features on the camera with the second test run.

In the evening, we were instructed by Prof. Rick Ricioppo on using a video camera and learning what a career in TV is like. I loved hearing about what goes on behind the scenes before a live broadcast. Some scenarios, may require plenty of time management when it comes to getting a package on-air in a few hours or less.

It was a great experience with my friends, and can’t wait for our next lessons and adventures that await tomorrow!

Journalism featuring volleyball

By Kyria Moore

A good journalist always takes notes. 📝
Photo by Kyria Moore

As my first day on the Greene team is concluding, I am so eager to see what’s in store for us tomorrow. While brainstorming potential news articles, I learned that there’s more to a story than just the writing. Stories are made from all these differing aspects almost like it has its own personality. Speaking of personalties, getting to know the other journalists on the Greene team over a game of volleyball was a blast! Everyone is so friendly and hilarious, it makes me even more excited about this whole experience! (P.S. if anyone needs b-roll for a volleyball video you know where to find the Greene team 😉)

Lighting is everything

By Mikayla Fils-Aime

Although throughout the year I participate in the school’s yearbook and handle the sports photography, today I was able to re-immerse myself in the magic of taking photos. Under the careful guide of Newsday photo editor John Williams, I was able to refresh my knowledge of the different parts and dynamics of a camera. We learned about the key parts of shooting such as ISO, aperture and shutter speed. We also learned that while you’re shooting it’s important to know just how the lighting will affect the outcome of your photo. Changing the ISO  helped us get the perfect lighting for our shots so we wouldn’t have to edit them post production. Once we got that down we were given free reign to shoot the outdoor wonders of the Stony Brook campus such as the different plants and waterfalls. We even had our partners pose for us near the beautiful surrounding scenery. Not only were we limited to the outdoors but we also traveled inside where we had the opportunity to shoot the winding staircases, hallways and even some of the student life. Our lesson was an amazing introduction to a key part of journalism and I know that it will play a major part in our trip to the ducks game. It will play an even greater part in our future journalism careers.

Photo By Mikayla Fils-Aime
Photo By Mikayla Fils-Aime

Loving all areas of journalism

By Kyria Moore

Getting real familiar with video  and photo and I’m thrilled! I came in as a writer but I may leave as a photojournalist… who knows? Narrowing it down to just one job is going to be tough because I love everything about journalism! Can’t wait to put my skills to action at the Long Island Ducks game.

A fun day of photos

By Athena Dawson

I had a great time learning about photography today. John Williams, a staff photographer for Newsday, came in to discuss photography and using a camera. We leaned about the importance of aperture, lighting and sensitivity when taking photos. Later, we had the chance to go outside with our cameras, where we shot still photos. Throughout the day we also learned how to shoot video. I can’t wait for tomorrow!

The Greene Team gets creative with the camera

One of the photos that I took in our lesson today! (Photo by Kerri Kolensky)

By Kerri Kolensky

Day two brought lots of excitement for the Greene Team! The morning began with breakfast, followed by a discussion with Cathrine and Zack on what makes great news, and how to construct it using a variety of techniques, including a lesson on how leads and the inverted pyramid are used to create pieces of work that are extremely effective in reaching readers.
After lunch, the Greene Team got to try something completely different. For the first time this week, we truly got to practice our skills hands on by learning how to operate a Digital Single-lens Reflex Camera, or DSLR. John Williams, an award winning photographer from Newsday, was able to come and teach us! Later in the day, we were able to capture moving images with a lesson on video recording, taught by Stony Brook University’s own Professor Rick Ricioppo. The night concluded with the Greene Team members learning the members of their teams, who we will be working with for the rest of the week.
Today was very fulfilling for me, because I finally got to try photography. Williams gave a wonderful lesson that I will be able to apply to my photography in many ways besides journalism. It was amazing to be able to learn from a true professional. I am excited for what tomorrow will bring at Ducks Stadium!

Exposed to a cloudy day

By Diego Munhoz

It’s the first day of work in the Greene program for future journalists, and it was cloudy and rainy. We started the day early, something that didn’t happen to me since the school days in June. We were presented to the newsroom and all of its technology and while strong rain and winds blew outside, we inside learned with Zack and Cathrine the importance of the five W’s (Where, When, What, Why, and Who) in the composition of the first paragraph of a story, also known as the lead.

Today was also a good day to review the techniques of photo exposure with the Pulitzer Prize winner John Conrad Williams Jr.. I learned most of what was said in my photo class, but it’s always good to hear the teachings of a professional in the area, specially an acclaimed photographer like Mr. Williams.

In the end of the day we had the opportunity to learn how to film a local news report and also how to interview someone. We learned all the requisites that are necessary for a well done TV report, and had a lot of fun trying to follow what Prof. Rick Ricioppo calls the “mantra” when filming an interview.

A lot was learned in the nearly 13 hours of exposure to journalism. I expect that tomorrow again we will be able to learn and have fun in the Greene Team Program.



Making time for seconds

By Brandon Ortega

Today was really great at the Robert W. Greene program. Despite waking up at 6 o’clock, we had a lot of fun throughout the day. We started off by going into the Newsroom and talking about leads and interviews. Then we learned about photography and how to take our own photos.

In the morning, we ate our breakfast at the East Side dining hall, which served delicious food and beverages. We had only an hour to eat, so I was devastated when I couldn’t get seconds. I take a long time to eat. Anyways, after we finished eating we quickly went to the Newsroom, as there was rain falling upon us heavily. Thanks to my friend Athena Dawson, she saved my behind with her umbrella so that I wouldn’t get soaked.

When we were in the Newsroom, I quickly fell in love with the computers. We discussed specifically on how to build a good lead in a story and talked about the inverted pyramid, a structure that discusses the important parts of building a story.

Afterwards, we went back to the East Side dining hall and ate lunch. I’ll be honest, the dessert was the best part. We ate for an hour again, but this time, I made sure I got seconds.

Traveling back to the Newsroom, we met John Williams, a professional photographer for Newsday. He talked about photography and how to use a camera. We received our own cameras and went outside to take stills, making sure that the exposure was right. Then we took some stills inside the School of Journalism.




Work in the eye of a camera lens

Greene Team Students Walking Down the Library Steps (Photo by Sydnee Johnson)

By Sydnee Johnson

Today was an educational, interesting day. We learned all of the rules of the Newsroom here at Stony Brook. We sat with Zack and Cathrine who taught us about many things but the two that I found most interesting was the inverted pyramid, when journalists turn a chronological story into one in which the best part is put first for a better lead so the reader will want to continue reading. For the rest of the story you would just keep adding details along.

After that, they spoke to us about interviewing and gave us tips on how a good interview should go. Basically the advantages and disadvantages for the different ways to interview someone like on the phone or in person or by email. Shortly after lunch, we came back to a Newsday Assistant Photo Editor, John Williams. He taught us how to hold a camera and the different features a camera has. He took us outside and in the hallway to take pictures and put the knowledge that he taught us to the test and see if we were capable to take pictures on our own. We did pretty AMAZING!


By Wei Ye Ng

Today we learned how to use a still camera and a video camera. For the still camera, we practiced how to take pictures. We focused on exposure, the focus on lightness on a picture. We later focused on taking a video using different shots. The mantra on taking shots, was wide, medium, tight, super tight, action, action, reaction, and capturing the moment. Earlier on, we also learned how to write a news article. Examples like a lead or an inverted pyramid. A lead is where all the important facts are in the first paragraph like the five W’s. The inverted pyramid follows the imporatnt facts first and the non-important facts later on. In the end, we learned the basic information about journalism.

Day 1

By Ebony Thompson

I’m writing this from my dorm at O’Neill College at Stony Brook University, listening to Spotify to help me write.  I’m tired, but today I learned a lot. It’s only the first full day of the Greene Institute, but I don’t think I will ever watch the news or read another news article the same way again. I never thought I would find myself counting the seconds a news clip stayed on the screen or examining the frame of an interview. Today I learned about the basics of newswriting, still photography, and video shooting. The thing about learning these skills is that they’re nothing new- they’re just breaking down the things I’ve seen over the years of watching  TV news and reading news articles. We learned photography and camera  mechanics from the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and Newsday Assistant Photo Editor John Williams, video shooting from Professor Rick Ricioppo, and newswriting from Zack and Cathrine. This has been a fun day and I’m excited for what I’ll get to do tomorrow.

Day 2: Photo and video

By Ryan Magill

Today was the first day of full experiences. We woke up bright and early to discuss news over breakfast. Then, we discussed basic functions that comprise good news stories and how to find and express them. We talked about how Journalism is a powerful tool and how to responsibly use writing in mediums before going to lunch. After eating, we met with Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist John Williams, who taught us how to use cameras effectively for some absolutely amazing pictures. We ended the day of lessons with Professor Rick Ricioppo teaching us basic video skills. We then got to meet and get acquainted with members of our coverage teams for our stories this week. Tomorrow, we will finally be able to put our skills to the test!

Our first assignment: Ducks stadium

Sydnee and me sitting in the stands! (Photo by Kerri Kolensky)

By Kerri Kolensky

Day three was the most eventful day for the Greene Team so far! The day started with another photography lesson from John Williams, who gave us tips on strengthening our portrait skills. After that, the five individual teams that make up the Greene Team got to meet and brainstorm ideas on what to feature for our first story package, which took place at a Ducks game in Bethpage Ballpark.
For me, the most rewarding part of our day was getting to work with my team members. Each person did their part extremely well, and everything ran very smoothly. Interviewing people was also a lot of fun, especially getting to talk to the kids at the game, who were extremely excited to be on camera. Every person that we interviewed offered a unique perspective about the questions that we asked them that will be great to use in our story. I can’t wait to see how our footage turned out when editing starts!

Common ground

By Jack McShane

Today I arrived at Stony Brook University for Day 1 of the Robert W Greene Institute for Journalism. The first thing I did was go to my room and meet my roommate Ryan. The cool thing is that he and I share many things in common. For example, we both run cross country and are passionate about sports. After I got settled in my room, we went back to the lounge and were given a presentation by our two leaders about potential stories. Following that we had pizza, threw a football around, played volleyball and some board games. My first day here was a success and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week will bring.

Meeting the team

By Ryan Magill

Today was an amazing first day. Getting to meet the members of the 2017 Greene Team was a fantastic time. After first going over the basics of what we will be doing this week, we discussed lots of potential news topics to be discussing and reporting on in the coming week, ranging from the local to the large-scale and the feel-good stories to serious international affairs. Afterwards, we ate some good pizza, played football, volleyball, board games, table tennis, pool and overall got to know each other very well. I cannot wait to see what tomorrow will bring so we can get down to business and really grow as a group.

News Stadium

By Danielle Ranucci

Today, we toured through Newsday. Then, we traveled to the Ducks baseball game and filmed, interviewed, and took photos for our upcoming articles on the experience. At the end of the game, we saw the fireworks show. I had a blast!

What’s New at Newsday? News!

A great first day

The door to our room! (Photo by Kerri Kolensky)

By Kerri Kolensky

Our first day at Greene was one to remember! The afternoon began by meeting our roommates, and unpacking all of the many things that we had brought to Stony Brook University. After that, it was off to a quick meeting, followed by a brief goodbye with our parents.

Brainstorming followed, with Cathrine and Zack leading our team to come up with some great ideas for our teams to report on this week. They taught us about the criteria needed for a successful story that will grab any reader’s attention, and taught us how potential stories are found by other journalists. Already we are beginning to learn brand new skills!

For me, the best part of our day was getting to interact with the Greene Team’s other members in a rousing game of volleyball. The girls played at first, and were quickly joined by some of the team’s boys. We were all able to laugh with each other, and finally learn everybody’s name. I am extremely excited to continue working with such an excellent group of people for the rest of the week. I am looking forward to many more adventures to come!

Not a bright situation

Ernie the pig sits atop the shelf of my desk. (Picture by Janet Song)

By Janet Song

My first day at the Greene Gazette program has gone fine, as I’ve been able to introduce myself and become friendly with the other journalists at the campus. Still, while I am not feeling too awkward or uncomfortable with how today went, I cannot help but to be discomforted at something that hangs in my room right now.

There is a round, dome shaped light right above the door of my room that annoys me. Excluding the flat, rectangular lights nailed onto the shelf of the two desks in the dorm, this is the only light in the room, and it is not doing well at keeping the dark out. Sure, the light has a brightness fine enough to beam like a white, flaming comet, but its unfortunate spot at the front of the room means that the rest of our dorm has been tainted with obscure silhouettes stained to the carpet, while the closets are cast with an eerie, darkened gray.

What can be heard in this room is not the chatter of two girls among each other, but instead a quiet humming of the stout black fan on my drawer and the sounds of her fingers brushing against the laptop, as both of us are working on a suitable blog entry to post on the site. There is a peculiar contrast of color in our room; on her side of the room everything has dark, gray hues, while on my side of the room, everything is blue, from the bed covers to the towel hanging on a rack. (Is the recycling bin mine and the trash bin hers?)

Writing on my room is drab, and I hope that my roommate and I can make it more colorful. Right now, we haven’t spoken, and all is a dull gray.

Full day of Newsday exploring and Ducks newsgathering ends with bang

By Grace Anne McKenna

Photo By Grace Anne McKenna
Photo By Grace Anne McKenna
Photo By Grace Anne McKenna
Photo By Grace Anne McKenna
Photo By Grace Anne McKenna
Photo By Grace Anne McKenna
Photo By Grace Anne McKenna
Photo By Grace Anne McKenna
Photo By Grace Anne McKenna
Photo By Grace Anne McKenna

This morning, we started the day with news over breakfast once again. It was interesting to compare the follow up story about the immigrants in the tractor trailer to the original story from yesterday. This led to a discussion on blind ledes and how to deliver follow up information to the public. Afterward, we worked with John Williams again and were able to utilize the cameras for portrait shots. We broke for lunch and were soon boarding the bus for Newsday. We toured Newsday, visiting all the different sections: advertisement, news, library and editorial. We had the opportunity to listen to and learn from experienced journalists from the local paper. Following that, we embarked on our journey to Bethpage Ballpark, home of the Long Island Ducks. With our teams, we were assigned to report about the Ducks. Each team had to create an original story. My team reported on the 2018 All Star Game that will be hosted in the stadium. We got a chance to participate in a press conference and later broke into our teams to build our stories. Within our groups we were assigned a role. My role was to generate questions and scout potential people to interview. Tomorrow, my job will be to write the story based on my notes. The night came to a close as the Grucci fireworks lit up the sky and we headed back onto the bus, ice cream dripping down my hand.

Day 3: Field trip day!

By Sarah Graziano

In the morning, we took portraits of our partners with the DSLR cameras, guided by Newsday photographer, John Williams.

This afternoon, we toured the Newsday office located in Melville. It was a great experience and everyone there loved our company, and also very excited to see us! A few Newsday reporters met with us in the meeting room to speak about their careers, and give us advice.

The Greene Team got a real taste of what being out on a shoot is like. Our first assignment was at Ducks Stadium. All five Greene Teams worked hard getting action shots, interviews with fans and people that work there. What can sometimes be stressful and a little confusing, turned out great and a lot more relaxed after our first two interviews. We also had some time to catch the last few innings of the game AND fireworks! Ducks with the win 🙂

An early start to the Greene team

By Wei Ye Ng

I got here two hours earlier than check-in time. I thought I had to stay outside in the hot weather but this kind stranger let me in. She said I was able to check in and I was able to go to my room. Later on, we learned about how to write blogs in this website. Our blogs are basically reflections of our days here. After that, we talked about what makes stories interesting and what makes them news. I learned that news must have impact, relevance, timeliness, etc. We also talked about what we’ll write about this week. Overall, it was good day.

Second Lesson with John Williams

By Adelyn Veras

Wang Center, Stony Brook- Today, on a Tuesday afternoon, I had my second lesson with John Williams. He taught the Greene Team how to properly take a portrait of your subject. A part of the lesson that was the most important was how to control and learn how to work with your: background, lightning and subject. With this new lesson, I feel as though I have the potential to be a great photographer just like him.

Maia Noah

Learning more each day

By Maia Noah

Today, we learned how to take great portraits by finding perfect lighting. We also learned how to choose backgrounds that compliment the subject of the portrait. I am continuing to learn new things about photography and I am very grateful to be working with such talented people at Stony Brook.   

Greene Team Day 2

By Maia Noah

Today at Stony Brook I learned how to take brilliant photographs on a Nikon camera with the help of  Newsday Assistant Photo Editor, John Williams. I really enjoyed learning all the nuts and bolts of taking a high quality photograph. I also learned how to create an engaging, concise lead for an article. Overall, I broadened my horizons and learned new aspects within the field of journalism.

Photo By Grace Anne McKenna

More fun and excitement

By Ebony Thompson

Today was my second day at the Greene Institute, and believe it or not it was more fun and informative than yesterday was. In the morning, we had our second photography workshop with photographer and assistant editor at Newsday, John Williams.

I was excited to do this, but taking portraits is harder than it seems. But I still think the main goal of a portrait is capture the essence of the person — which to me, seemed easier yesterday. Today, we knew the purpose was to take portraits. We weren’t as relaxed and were always expecting to be on camera, and so I think we weren’t being as true to ourselves. I believe that you truly capture someone’s essence when they are entirely distracted or preoccupied, not when they are staring at a camera trying to look good for a picture. But, I still got some good portraits. Although I must admit I’m still getting the hang of using the camera.

The second thing we did today was visit the Newsday newsroom. We looked at a historical timeline of the newspaper, from its founding in 1940 by Alicia Patterson, up until the current day, mostly with black and white photos that changed into color after 1980. We also talked to the reporter James T. Madore, who covers economics, Maia Jones, a Greene institute alumnus who is interning for Newsday, and the newly employed Stefani Dazio. These journalists had incredibly valuable advice for us and helped give us an insight into their lives as journalists.

The third part of our day was attending the Long Island Ducks Game at Bethpage Ballpark. The Ducks were playing against the Sugar Land Skeeters from Texas. After speaking to the Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting Michael Polak, we went out to speak to the fans. We had trouble getting people to speak to us, but eventually we managed to get a sizable number of interviews, along we plenty of b-roll. At the end of the game, which the Ducks won, there was a fireworks show presented by Brookhaven Medical Center Hospital.

Field trip fun

By Mikayla Fils-Aime

Today was a fun filled day packed with countless adventures. Not only were we not confined to the limits of the Stony Brook campus, but we ventured out and shared our journalism with the rest of the world. Although in the morning we started out with a brief lesson on portrait photography, where my partner and I took photos in front of the beautiful scenery, after lunch it was field trip time. We packed up our equipment and gathered into our coach bus where we were driven to our first destination; Newsday. The inside of the office building was filled with rows upon rows of desks and designated journalists. We had a brief meeting with some of the people who worked inside of Newsday and heard about the daily life of a hardworking journalist. After our tour we set out to our next destination, the Long Island Ducks baseball game, where we had the opportunity to interview and shoot the people enjoying the game around us. It was such an amazing experience to get out into the field and put some of our newfound journalism skills to work. And even though it was such an action packed day we finished off the night with an amazing set of fireworks that shook the entire stadium. Our field trips were a great way to start off the program and show us exactly where we’re going and what we need for our future packages.

A day of adventure

Today was an amazing day, even though I’ve been up for more than 12 hours, there’s no regret that I have right about now.

Earlier today we were working more with John Williams on photography and what it means to get the best portrait photo. Afterwards, we met up with a sports journalist in the newsroom named Jordan Lauterbach. He shared with us his experiences working with different sports organizations and explained how the opportunities to report these types of stories are fun and should not feel like a job.

One of the highlights of the day was traveling to the Newsday headquarters. We were all prepared, wearing our Greene team shirts, looking very professional. When we got inside the core of the news company, I was immediately attached. The environment of the offices is great, filled with amazing reporters and editors. Later we sat in one of the old offices that Newsday would use to develop their daily newspaper back in the day. We had an amazing time with Newsday reporter James T. Madore. He was very insightful and gave me a lot of motivation to go out there and try to get as many stories as I can. At the same time, he preached how important it is to write these stories and that we can represent a voice for our communities.

Next, we gathered all our reporting and photography equipment and headed to Bethpage Ballpark, where we took footage and interviewed fans about the Ducks vs. Skeeters game. Spending 2 hours there, we got as much b-roll footage, as much interviews and as much “nat sound” as we could. Not matter how much we did, it’s still not enough at the end of the day, but, we got to work with what we got.

Overall, this day was very productive, perhaps one of the most productive days I’ve had in a while.

Ducks game day & A look behind the scenes @ Newsday

Greene Team Students @ a Duck’s Baseball Game

By Sydnee Johnson

Today was great day as we began our day with news over breakfast as we do every morning. Then we went back to the newsroom here at SBU and began our Part 2 of learning how to do photography with still cameras with photo editor John Williams from Newsday. Shortly after we had an early lunch at 11:30 because today was trip day and we went to Newsday which I think was so great and interesting because we got to learn about the history of Newsday and how it came about and the type of people that worked there and who worked there. We also got to meet nice people that work there too.

Last but not least, the exciting part of the day where we got actually go out to a Long Island Ducks baseball game and used what everyone has taught us so far, like interviewing the Ducks fans, taking shots with the still cameras, taking B-roll clips with the video cameras and tripods. I think today was a very productive day overall and we go to go on two trips in one, which I think was great. Then, after we were done with all our hard working we got to eat, actually watch what was left of the game and then, after the game was finished, there were fireworks, which were so great.

Monday night video and Tuesday

By Coby Shapiro

Monday night we went back to the newsroom and we had lesson on video. I loved it because I love video but I didn’t have too much knowledge of interviewing and B-roll. Tuesday came and we started out by taking portraits of each other outside. Joe and I started off by trying to take portraits of each other and then moved over to taking portraits of each other. I was amazed how easy it was to get a picture focused and how easy it was for me to get a good picture. I did find some of the different ways to control your picture in different light difficult because I would change it to what made sense based on what we learned. But it always seemed to be a little too dark or too bright. My plan for future portraits is to study more of the details of what you can do with the camera like the ISO before hand. After lunch, we went back to the newsroom and Jordan Lauterbach from Newsday spoke to us about his sports articles and what he does. He writes articles about the Mets, LI Ducks, and did boxing and lacrosse once.

Our first test

By Ryan Magill

Today was our first test of our journalism knowledge. We started with news over breakfast, then we worked on portrait photography with John Williams. We talked sports reporting with Newsday reporter for the Long Island Ducks Jordan Lauterbach. Then we went to the Newsday headquarters in Melville and got the full tour, meeting many journalists an picking their brains about daily life in a news office. We went to the main event for the day by to the Ducks Game to follow different ledes. My group discussed the Ducks hosting the 2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game. We spoke with the director of communications for the Ducks and then went to the fans for their thoughts on the event taking place in Bethpage Ballpark. We ended the day off with fireworks!

New exposure to photography

By Kyria Moore

Photo by Kyria Moore

I knew I loved photography but now I feel like I have a deep passion for it and it only been a couple of hours! The world never looked better than it does with a camera in my hands. Photojournalism may be my favorite aspect of journalism so far! Can’t wait to apply all I know to my photography course next year in school. My excitement grows each day.


By Kyria Moore

Our first story is in progress as we enter the packed stadium filled with Long Island Ducks fas. Theres food, fun and energetic faces that make for great B-roll. As my first job as a videographer I’m glad our first story was at a baseball game, theres inspiration all around and creates great variety great for wide, medium, tight and super tight shots. Im feeling confident about my teams story and my B-roll. I had so much fun and laughed the fireworks show was AMAZING!! I just couldn’t look away. I had a great day filled with laughs, baseball, and b-roll (because you can never have too much b-roll) Definetley a Greene team day I won’t forget.

Day 3 – Ducks game

By Ashley Collado

Today was the most hectic day yet here at the Greene program. We spent all day preparing for the Ducks game with the help of John Williams and Rick Ricioppo, played with the cameras again to take portrait shots, got acquainted with our team members and the jobs we each had to carry out. We visited Newsday to catch a glimpse of journalism in real time.

We met people who were inspiring in their own ways and all had the same overall message to give: make mistakes and take criticism – that’s what will better you in the long run.

Taken on iPhone at the Ducks game

(Featured Image taken by Kyria Moore)

Newsday and the Ducks game

By Coby Shapiro

We got on to a nice coach bus with Wi-Fi and headed over the Newsday building. Once there, we got a tour and learned a lot of the history of the paper. I was shocked to hear that the paper was started by Alicia Patterson who was married to Harry Guggenheim. Harry Guggenheim helped start it because it would help keep Alicia Patterson busy and he also never thought it would actually become such a paper it is today. We then went into a room where three different journalists with different amounts of experience spoke to us about what they do and gave tips such as always ask at the end of the interview do you have anything else you want to say. Another tip they gave was to try not to be intimidating or else they might not be willing to give an interview or send you a story next time. They also said that you have to remember that they are not being interviewed by you, they are being interviewed by Newsday and the hundreds of thousands of readers everyday. After the interviews, we headed back to our coach bus and we went to the Long Island Ducks. At the game, we started to record our packages on different things about the Ducks. My group decided to work on a package about how the Ducks had 43 – 43 record and we wanted to see how people reacted and what they would suggest for the team in the future. We also took some B-roll and pictures to fill in the video with more footage. Then, after interviewing for a while, we ate and watched the end of the game, which the Ducks won 6-1,and then we stayed for the fireworks show at the end. Overall, I had a great day and I was very intrigued to learn the history of Newsday. I loved the baseball game because I love baseball and I love making videos and it was great to take the two and put them together.

Snapping portraits

By Janet Song

Today at our early morning lesson, John Williams showcased some of his award-winning

This group was excited to be a part of my photo.
Another picture I took of Danielle taking a picture.

photography and told us what it’s really like to work in his field. The photographer then explained to us how people are usually unaware that he is there, snapping pictures, which he prefers in order for his subjects to appear more “natural” and human. He then showed us some of his portrait photos, which he used to demonstrate how lighting and background are crucial to how the subject will appear in the background.

We took this to mind when we later took pictures outside. Our assignment was to take portraits of each other, using the natural light and the Stony Brook campus as our guides. I mostly took pictures of my partner, Danielle, but I also had fun taking pictures of students that were wandering around. Some of the students noticed and smiled, and I gave them the thumbs up, as if to indicate a thank you to them.

Although it was difficult to adjust the camera accordingly with the environment’s features, overall, I’m pleased with the results of the photos today. I hope that lessons continue to be this engaging in the next few days.

A picture is worth a thousand words …

By Kyria Moore

Yesterday was an eventful day, starting off with having the privilege to view the photographic art styles of Pulitzer Prize-winner John Williams. His work intrigued me and left me in awe. His use of creativity with each picture inspired me! I enjoyed having him as a teacher and I can tell he has a deep passion for what he does. The thing that stuck with me most that he said was, “behind every picture there is a story.” The journey he had to go through to capture that one moment can be harsh and requires a lot of patience; but a photographer’s job is never done until the subject’s story is told. A picture truly is worth a thousand words.

Potraits by Kyria Moore

Day Three: Trying broadcasting

By Kerri Kolensky

Day Three brought tons of excitement to the Greene Team. We were able to participate in a lesson given by two Stony Brook professors who taught us how to deliver news to a television audience. The lesson was on what it takes to broadcast news to millions of viewers, and try out different types of positions in the studio. Each person got to appear on screen, and operate both the cameras and the control room. For me, it was very interesting to see how much of a role each person plays in the broadcast of a show, and how all the positions work together to create a successful broadcast.

For me, learning how television works was an eye-opening experience. I got to be an anchor, and surprised myself with my enjoyment of being in front of the camera. It made me think about how I may want to consider involving broadcast journalism in my future career.


A great first day

By Ashley Collado

How I was feeling going into the beginning of Day 1 here at Stony Brook can be explained in one simple phrase: excitement mixed with the nerves of going to a new place meeting new people.

I’ve stayed away from home before, but usually for four days max during marching band championship weekend – never for a whole week. My parents dropped me off, helped me get settled in, and left early since they had to be somewhere soon. It didn’t hit me that I truly was on my own and going to be somewhat independent until all the other kids’ parents left. That’s when the hidden anxiousness of how real my situation was awakened.

I was anxious that I wouldn’t make many friends. I had already became friends with Wei, the person I had to write a bio for prior to my week at the Greene program, and I knew Kyria from school. Other than that I was lost.

I ended up surprisingly making friends very easily and I can honestly say the people I’ve had the chance to talk to during the presentation by Zack and Cathrine were nothing short of amazing.

The highlight of my day had to be the volleyball game we all played after eating pizza. There were two teams: Canada vs. Zimbabwe. I was a part of Team Canada and, as someone who usually hates participating in any sport, I had so much fun meeting loads of new people and playing a friendly game of volleyball.

To sum up the game could be done using the word “COMMUNICATION!!” (courtesy of Adelyn) and the immense clapping for all players whenever a ball would be hit (whether it was in or out).

After volleyball, we all went back to our rooms to shower and get ready for bed. As I was nowhere near tired yet, I walked around to become familiar with the dorms with Maia until we ended up visiting Adelyn and Gabrielle’s room with Danielle and played a nerve-racking game of a knock-off-version of Jenga for awhile.

When preparing for this trip, I had no idea how my first day would be like. All I know now, after experiencing today, is that I’m definitely not ready to go home Saturday.

A Day at Newsday

Newsday office.

By Kyria Moore

It was great to see professional journalists live and in action. The environment was friendly and everyone was hard at work while welcoming us aspiring young journalists. Speaking with former Greene Team journalist Miya Jones and other current reporters at Newsday gave me a hopeful insight to the industrious life as a journalist. To be in that professional setting and to see how the newspaper progressed over the years is amazing. It made me eager to begin tackling our Greene team story at the Long Island Ducks game. As I left the Newsday building, I left with a mindset of a professional journalist. Who knows, maybe I could be calling Newsday my second home in the future.

Day 4

By Athena Dawson

Today we spent time in the broadcast room. I was so excited to learn the different roles in a broadcast studio, such as a reporter, anchor, teleprompter and floor director. I was able to be on camera as the reporter, and although I was quite nervous, I had a great time. I also learned how to be a floor director, a person whose job is to communicate to the people on set through the guidance of the director whose in the sound booth. Overall I’ve been having a great time. Now it’s off to editing our packages from the Ducks Games !

Day 3

By Athena Dawson

Today was a home run! We went to the Long Island Ducks game and ran around the stadium looking for people to interview and  fans to photograph! As we were divided into  our Greene Teams, we held a press conference with one of the Ducks staff members, and walked around setting up our cameras and finding interesting things to take photos and video of. Although working was exhausting, our team was extremely excited with the amount of interviews we held, and images and B-roll that can be used to shape our Ducks game story. At the end of the game, a beautiful fireworks display was set up, which was an amazing closing to an eventful night.

My First Blog Post!

By Joseph Sweeney

Today at the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists we had  a lot of fun. We started the day early by going to breakfast as a huge group at around 7:30. After breakfast we went to the newsroom and talked about many of the daily duties of a journalist, then we had a really cool and fascinating lesson on photojournalism. We snapped many pictures and it was really cool. (A little cold outside though) Then we learned about broadcasting and reporting. We got to pair up and shoot our own video using a microphone to speak into and a tripod to hold the camera. The camera was a lot smaller then what I thought it was going to be, but the videos came out good anyway. Tomorrow we will be going to the Ducks game and working in our newly assigned teams about anything newsworthy happening while the game is going on. Looking forward to the many other days ahead at Greene.

Lights, Camera, Action

By Mikayla Fils-Aime

Today we took a little class trip but this time on campus. The Greene team took a walk to the other side of campus where we ended up in the Stony Brook newsroom studio. We were given the opportunity to act out a real newscast using some of the equipment. We took turns switching between the different news roles such as an anchor, a reporter, a meteorologist and a video technician. We recorded a few takes and each time I was assigned a different task. The first time I stood behind the camera and made sure the anchor and meteorologist were perfectly aligned with the center of the screen. Next, I was in the control booth where I was the director and designated when it was time to cut the different video clips so they would know when it was time to add them in. I also counted down for the crew and told them when it was time to start rolling. The last rotation that we did was when I was the reporter, I stood in front of the screen with a microphone on and read off the monitor so I would know exactly what to say. When anchor #1 introduced me I recited my lines into the camera and then sent it back to him. After the final rotation we took a few minutes to look back at our broadcasts and they were amazing. It was like we were a real audience watching the news. We got to see exactly what went wrong and what went with and it was amazing to look into the life of a newscaster.


By Joseph Sweeney

Today, in my opinion, was the best day so far at Greene! Right after breakfast we went to the news studio, and were allowed to read off of the teleprompter like actual news anchors. And I enjoyed it a lot since I would like to pursue a career in broadcast journalism as a news anchor. It was so cool standing in that bright light and wearing the microphone right before it’s your turn to read. But, I also got to be the audio guy afterward. That was fun as well because I got to stand in the sound booth with the controls right in front of me. And I got to push the audio buttons that controlled the microphones. I can’t wait to see what else we’ll be doing in the next few days ahead, and I’ve learned so many important skills for journalism so far.

First glimpse into world of broadcast news

By Gabrielle Topping

Today, the Greene Team had the opportunity to experience TV news in the newsroom with Stony Brook University Journalism Professors Connie Conway and Marcy McGinnis. It was very cool to be behind the scenes of a news broadcast. I had the chance to be behind the camera, in the booth, and on screen as the weather woman. A lot of hard work goes into producing news stories, and I am glad that I was able to experience it first hand.

StonyBrook Day 2: Learning to take Portraits

StonyBrook Journalism Bootcamp Day #2 – Today, John Williams taught us how to take close up pictures of people, also called Portraits. John taught us how to make pictures look brighter and more professional by explaining what shutter speed is as well as other elements that would make the picture come out more professional. So then, my partner, Gabrielle, and I headed out and took some shots.

Communication is Key

July 23, 2017
Today, I moved into my dorm room for the week. I was excited to already have spoken to my roommate, Adelyn over the phone on several occasions. Since, the people who lived in our dorm before us didn’t return their key, we only had one. Although this wasn’t convenient, we practiced the valuable skill of communication and were able to share the room key. It helped that our room was across the hall from the restroom. Our first assignment on campus for the Greene Team was about blogging our experiences and brainstorming ideas for our news stories. Afterwards, we ate pizza, as well as played volleyball with our teammates. It was Canada vs. Zimbabwe. We all were very encouraging of each other and clapped often. Lastly, Adelyn, Maia, Ashley, Danielle and I played jenga. This will be an incredible experience to be able to be immersed in the world of journalism, as well as living on a college campus.

Ducks game

By Wei Ye Ng

To prepare for the Long Island Ducks baseball game Tuesday night, we practiced taking shots and interviews. Some examples of this include how to take portraits of people with a digital camera, and using the rule of thirds for interviewing them on video. When we got to the stadium, it was full of people ready to watch the Ducks. Each team had to take a certain role, like interviewing people or handling the camera. We mainly focused on getting B-roll and interviews since we can’t get enough B-roll and should at least get four to five interviews. One of the biggest problems my team encountered (or what I think) was interviewing people near the speakers. During the interviews, the speakers would go off and I think the mic couldn’t catch the person’s voice. We couldn’t review the footage so I’m scared that we don’t have good interviews. I was able to hear the person’s voice during the interview so I should feel more confident of the video. Overall, this was my first baseball game and I had a lot of fun. I also got a foam finger as a souvenir.


By Joseph Sweeney

Today we had a busy day with a jammed packed schedule of activities to complete,. We went to Newsday and the Long Island Ducks baseball game. Newsday was bigger then I expected and way more interesting then I first anticipated. It was interesting because we went through the huge newsroom full of reporters writing and covering stories. Then, the Ducks game was really fun because we broke up with our teams and we covered our stories by interviewing the sports fans and getting all the B-roll. The fireworks were also cool. It was a great way to end an eventful day full of fun activities.

DSLR Experience

By Chantha Bracero

During the first day of the Greene program, the students and I experimented with DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera and learned the basics of taking a well balanced and fruitful photo. With the equipment at our experimental disposal we all have taken various kinds of photos. Whether the photos were indoor or outdoor photos, we have been given the opportunity to come in contact with our creative sides. The photos varied from landscape to just artsy profile photos but in the end showed our strength and weaknesses in still photo taking.

“Picture perfect”

By Gabrielle Topping

To start the day off we ate breakfast and read the daily newspapers. Then we were taught a series of lessons in the newsroom, including: interviewing techniques, introduction to still photography and a video workshop. The Newsday Assistant Photo Editor and Pulitzer Prize-winner John Williams instructed us on Nikon D7100 cameras and explained how to use ISO, shutter speed and F stop to capture photos. Afterwards, Stony Brook University Professor Rick Ricioppo instructed us on the essential kinds of shots to take including: wide, tight, super tight, action and reaction, as well as how to film an interview. It was truly an informative day.

Ducks in a row

By Gabrielle Topping

Today was my favorite day thus far. We visited Newsday and learned about the experience of current journalists. Then we went to the Long Island Ducks game. In our teams we delegated tasks of photographer, videographer, reporter, note taker and audio recorder. Kerri, Athena, Joe, Chantha and I all worked very well together. It was so cool being able to put our skills to use. We interviewed several Ducks fans, as well as captured b-roll and photos. Once our work was done, we ate and enjoyed the remainder of the game. The firework display was the perfect ending to a great day!

Camera lesson with John Williams

By Adelyn Veras

Today I learned from John Williams how to properly take a photo with a Nikon camera. I learned about all the fundamentals of the functions of a camera. The three fundamentals of a Nikon Camera to take a proper photo is ISO, Shutter speed, and F-stop. This program has gotten off on the right foot because I had a great day, even with the mini rain storm.

Taking photos of Key Chains in the School Store.

Welcome Greene Team 2017!

Welcome to the home of the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists!

Our ninth year is off to a great start, with students from high schools on Long Island and in New York City. They were accepted into the program because they all have already produced great work for their schools in the spirit of pioneering Newsday investigative reporter and editor Robert W. Greene, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and a founding faculty member of Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism.

Meet the 2017 Greene Team:

Jameson Adams Jr. – Amityville Memorial High School
Khadija Banure – Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders
Chantha Bracero – Edward R. Murrow High School
Madison Callinan – Kellenberg Memorial High School
Ashley Collado – Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School
Athena Dawson – Benjamin N. Cardozo High School
Mikayla Fils-Aime – Stony Brook School
Sarah Graziano – Saint John the Baptist Diocesan High School
Sydnee Johnson – Preparatory Academy for Writers
Kerri Kolensky – East Islip High School
Ryan Magill – Center Moriches High School
Grace Anne McKenna – Wantagh Senior High School
Jack McShane – Garden City High School
Kyria Moore – Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School
Diego Munhoz – Longwood High School
Wei Ye Ng – Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders
Maia Noah – Harborfields High School
Brandon Ortega – Benjamin N. Cardozo High School
Danielle Ranucci – Commack High School
Jacob Shapiro – Commack High School
Janet Song – Ward Melville High School
Joseph Sweeney – Miller Place High School
Ebony Thompson – Baldwin High School
Gabrielle Topping – Westhampton Beach High School
Adelyn Veras – Lindenhurst High School

Each Greene Team member in Summer 2017 will work in the School of Journalism Newsroom on breaking news stories that will require them to perform key journalistic tasks on all media platforms including writing news stories, taking photographs, producing, shooting and editing video, conducting an interview, addressing a newsmaker at a press conference, posting text and images to a blog or website and covering a speech. Each student will also work in Stony Brook’s television news studio operating a teleprompter, appearing live in front of a camera at the anchor’s desk or reporting live as an on-air television correspondent.

By the end of our weeklong workshop, each participant will work in a team on various multimedia assignments that will be posted here. Students will be blogging throughout the program also.

We invite you to explore the site to see the fine work the students produce!