Eyes on the prize

Throughout the week, I’ve been delving deeper and deeper into the world of journalism. Though I was accepted into the Greene program for my writing and photography, I’ve learned numerous things about videography and broadcast journalism.

Inside the Stony Brook School of Journalism newsroom. Photo by Meghan Reilly. (July 20, 2018)

At the Ducks game, I enjoyed working the video camera and taking shots of the baseball players at bat and running the bases. I also learned quite a lot about Final Cut Pro so that we could sort through and compile the videos together to emulate a newscast.

However, I’m not the best reporter; while working with some of my fellow Greene Team members in front of the camera on day two, I realized that I wasn’t really cut out for the job of an anchor or reporter because I couldn’t stop laughing. I’m not sure if it was out of nervousness or that Parker kept making funny faces, but either way, I was completely hysterical by the time we were finished.

Yesterday, we were assigned another package: to interview children from iD Tech, a camp that teaches its 7- to 18-year-old campers skills such as coding, game development and Lego robotics. A small group of 9-year-olds specialized in the latter and we decided to interview them, as well as a few camp counselors. And we asked what they wanted to be when they grew up, the campers said they wanted to be engineers. It was pretty intriguing that such young kids were so eager and interested in a career like engineering, and the fact that they knew what they wanted to do a decade before college is awesome!

Today, however, is a little more stressful because we have to get everything done by tonight. Both articles are done and the still photography looks great, but we still have to work on and finish our packages. Time is going fast and I can’t believe the program is almost over already! I’m definitely going to miss it, even though I have had to wake up at 6 a.m. and I miss my mom’s great home cooking.

What I’ll miss the most, though, are the bonds I’ve made with everyone here. Though the majority of the Greene Team is just a drive away, knowing that we’ll never all be together like this again definitely makes me sad.

But for now, we’ve got our eyes on the prize and a deadline on the horizon.

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