It was a long journey to the story, but so worth it

Our Team 1 including Sebastian, Brianna, Chelsea, Emily B. and I walking along a grassy hill.

On our fourth day, Team 1 had walked long and far—some 40 minutes from the Stony Brook East Side Dining Hall to the Long Island State Veterans Home—to cover a special story. We traveled through grass, road sides and buildings, all with equipment in hand. Though tiring, we were enlightened by the stories and memories told by people at the home.

Once inside, we met 90-year-old Sheldon Polan, a World War II army veteran. We are currently producing a package about how he returns to the nursing home each year to provide eye care to other veterans at the home.

Final farewell

Carefully watching the view finder during the Long Island Ducks press conference.

The Whole Greene Team of 2018!

This past week at Stony Brook University’s Robert W. Greene Summer Institute, I’ve learned so much about my potential in the journalism career. Through interaction and close mentoring with the professionals from Newsday and Stony Brook Univerity’s School of Journalism, I was able to carefully observe my mistakes, strengths and weaknesses in writing, photography and videography. During the process, slight mishaps motivated me to progressively work harder. The dedication from my fellow team members revealed how important this career is for our generation. I believe that in the future, people will be better informed knowing that there are journalists like us who seek justice, and truth. Every question made known, whether it be during a press conference, news briefing or daily discussion, have all raised valuable discussions around worldwide issues. My eyes have been opened wider and I will continue to share the skills I’ve learned to my own school. Thank you to everyone involved in the Greene Team of 2018!

Emily Palazzotto: Combining passions for journalism and criminal law

By Laila Stevens
Benjamin N. Cardozo High School

Even as a young child, Emily Palazzotto knew how to spark emotion in readers.

“I have always been a strong writer and all my life I have been told my writing moves people,” she said.

For example, in middle school, Palazzotto, of Oakdale, wrote an essay about a personal experience that was able to bring her teacher to tears. The teacher shared the essay with all of her students and it is something she continues to do every year, said Emily’s mother, Kara.

In her freshman year at Connetquot High School, Emily recalled stumbling across journalism as a potential career that would allow her to tie in her other interests, such as dance and cheerleading.

Now 17 and an incoming senior, current events motivate Emily to write, whether it’s regarding a personal issue or something happening in the world around her. “20/20” and crime shows serve as inspiration, she said.

The most influential people in Emily’s encourage her to try new things and connect to people who work in the journalism and communications fields. They describe her as an adventurous, ambitious and caring young woman.

“Once you become a part of her life she opens her heart to you and there is nothing that she won’t do for you,” said Kara Palazzotto. “She will put herself aside to be there for someone whether it’s for the good or the bad.”

Emily’s friend, Alexa Dowling, 17, of Ronkonkoma, also sees her as a motivated writer in and outside of school.

“She always puts so much effort in everything she does, especially her school work. I know that a career in journalism will be a perfect fit for her.”

Emily said she is eager to explore different dimensions of journalism in college–including broadcasting and writing–while also combining her love for criminal law.

She intends on going into law school and travel the world.

“By traveling, I get to encounter more people and more experiences. It will give me more insight into the world and other cultures, and could only build up my character,” Emily said.

But all of Emily’s interests tie back to journalism and storytelling.

Stony Brook University’s Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists came as a surprise presented to the class by her AP English Language and Composition teacher. She said she was thrilled to be accepted and optimistic that the program would “lead to so many amazing opportunities and experiences.”

Learning from the best on the first day

We’re off to a great start at The Robert W. Greene Summer Institute!

From American Journalist Katie Couric to Larry King, The Greene Team has been learning great tips on conducting interviews from the best in the business. We’ve learned that journalists all have their own independence and styles, that makes us all unique. When we start off with the 5 W’s and follow the inverted pyramid method, we start off with great structure for our readers. I’ve learned so much on the first day and I look forward to the rest of the week.