A new respect for field journalists

It’s been quite a week so far. Yesterday we went to the Long Island Ducks game and talked to people about their experience going to a baseball game and if they were sending their kids to the kids clinic the Ducks host.

Talking to people who were willing to chat was enjoyable, but many just walked right past us. I definitely have a new respect for field journalists. I didn’t realize how challenging it is to get people to talk on camera.

Luckily, our interviewing skills came in handy, and our team leader was of great assistance and help to us. We were able to work on our assignment and not feel like we were short on material.




On our last day, lots of editing, then we take in a film festival movie

It’s almost 11 a.m., and my team and I have been busy editing videos, photos and scripts to meet our upcoming deadline.

Our Long Island Ducks story is almost finished, and in a few minutes we will head out for our interview with the gallery assistant of the Paul W. Zuccaire photo gallery. The “Faces and Places” exhibit is showing until July 28 and starting up again on Aug. 27.

Tonight we head to the Zuccaire gallery reception and hope to interview Mrs. Kellerman, who is a Stony Brook University alumna and the donor of these photographs.

We will finish out the day with lots of editing for our art gallery story and a movie showing at the Stony Brook Film Festival.

Tomorrow we have a bit of a later start and we’ll start packing up all of our dorm rooms so we’re ready to go home.

It’s been an amazing experience working as a member of the Greene Team, and one I am unlikely to experience again. It’s a wonderful opportunity to be surrounded by so many professional journalists, as well as 25 like-minded, incredibly talented humans.



Inna Ali: Love of journalism pushes Brooklyn student

By Julianna Orkin
West Islip High School

Long before Inna Ali started writing, she knew she loved it. Once she started high school, she began to write due to the stress of life.

“I needed a space to put it all down on paper,” she explained. “It was a way to cope with everything going on in my life.”

Ali, an incoming senior at the Secondary School of Journalism at Jon Jay Educational Campus in Brooklyn, was inspired to join the Bird’s Eye View, the school’s digital newspaper, through her love of writing. She held the title of assistant editor. She wrote editorials and film reviews and focused on a variety of topics, including racism and sexism faced by black women.

This led to Ali’s budding interest in journalism, which peaked when she discovered how to make a story her own.

“Journalism can be used as a means of educating people on the realities of the world and how we can make it better,” she said.

Unfortunately, not enough people were able to commit to the paper so it eventually dissolved during her sophomore year. As of her junior year, there are currently still no active publications at her school. This did not stop Ali’s desire to read and write so she could continue to improve her craft. She read zines, handmade magazines that are traded from creator to creator as a form of expression, and newspapers in her spare time.

“Zines allow me to be able to shed light on real world issues that need to be discussed more,” she explained.

She also reads the Metro US Newspaper every morning.

“The musings about new restaurants, movies, fashion trends and celebrities, as well as important political matters capture the essence of living in New York City, as well as the good and bad,” she said.

Ali has a range of interests in makeup artistry, shopping, reading, and writing, all of which help Ali exercise her creativity.

Inna’s father, Mohammed Ali, an author and creative writing professor at NYU, explained that her talent for writing has been present since elementary school.

“She has always kept a journal, and had once started writing a novel,” he said.

Ali found out about the Robert W. Greene Summer Journalism Institute during first period when her English teacher, Ms. Williams, passed out a flyer about it, but had a slight hesitation to apply initially.

“I had no hope that I was going to be accepted into this program,” she said. “I decided to apply at the last minute and I’m glad I did.”

Ali found out from her father that she’d been accepted into this program. “I felt shocked, then excited,” she described, and has been thrilled ever since. Ali’s entire family was equally excited.

Ali describes this program as, “a heaven-sent to us as a family, as it is making manifest a dream Ali has been nursing since elementary school.”

He also spoke of the tremendous opportunity this is for Inna, explaining that, “this program allows Inna to practice journalism at an even higher level than what her current school would ever dream of offering her.”

He said that Inna dreams of becoming a magazine editor or opinion writer, something she talks about frequently. But at 17, Inna said she is unsure of her career path.

She believes her future is starting to head in the direction of a potential career in journalism.

“I want a job that will be profitable but also enjoyable,” she explained.

Greene Gazette 2018: Day Two

The Greene Program has been off to a great start. For the past two days, we’ve been immersed into the world of news. From writing, photography, video, and eventually audio tracking, we’ll have done it all.

 Yesterday and today, we’ve been working on priming our photography skills, learning about patterns, the depth of a picture, and taking news and feature shots. We’ve also focused on news etiquette and the importance of visuals matching words.

Even though it’s only been two days, it’s amazing how much information I’ve retained. There’s so much more to learn, and I can’t wait to share it all with my family, friends, and the newspaper staff at my school.