Our first journalism assignment was to report on the Long Island Ducks, an independent minor baseball league team. It was Irish Night, and my job was photography. It was really cool. I took pictures of fans dressed in Irish colors, the singer of the national anthem and the Ducks mascot, QuackerJack.
I was a part of Team 1 and I think we did a great job on out story about Irish Night. We interviewed the manger of media relations for the Ducks, the general manager and fans. QuakerJack gave me a high five.
Overall, the night was really fun, especially the bus drive with Matt, Yash and one of the advisers we met, Hallie.
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.
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.
As my time here is comes to an end, I am reflecting on how much I have learned and grown this week.
I came into this program not knowing anything about journalism being that I was self-taught. I am leaving with knowledge about the ins-and-outs of journalism.
Today is going to be a chaotic and crazy day as we all rush to meet tonight’s deadline. As much as I have doubted that we would all be able to complete our work by this time at a high caliber, I can now see all off the pieces falling into place.
It is astonishing to me to be able to see all of the work that goes into producing a newspaper. It is even more amazing to see all of our hard work is paying off.
As insane as the newsroom is, we all have worked together and gotten a lot of laughs and memories out of this week.
Without the guidance provided to all of us by the professionals brought in to mentor us, and Cathrine and Zach, none of this would be possible.
One of the highlights of the Greene program was the chance to work in front of and behind the cameras of Stony Brook University’s broadcast studio. As someone who had never appeared on TV before, it was more than a little intimidating. However, it proved to be a valuable learning experience—and much less scary than I had anticipated.
It was really interesting to experience not just one or two, but three different jobs in the studio. The hands-on learning we got to do was something that budding journalists like us Greene students dream of. It also taught us that there’s so much more that goes into the production of a show than what appears on screen. There was truly a job for everyone, and without people in every job the show simply wouldn’t be possible.
I think that this experience also showed us that mistakes will inevitably happen, but how you respond to them is what people will remember. I’m very glad to say I walked away from this experience with all good memories.
The day started off by learning the ropes of TV journalism. We went to the broadcasting room on campus and learned how to anchor, do the weather and even behind-the-camera work.
When we finished the broadcasting lessons, we went to Newsday for a tour. It was interesting learning the history behind the newspaper and seeing the newsroom where all the reporters work.
Lastly, we went to the Long Island Ducks game to work on our articles and conduct interviews. I’ll admit—I was so nervous. It’s hard asking complete strangers questions. But in the end I got the hang of it. Interviewing people was an amazing experience, but it’s definitely harder than it looks.
Later on, my group and I finished up with the interviews and photos. This is when we finally got a minute to relax, get food and watch the game. That was probably my favorite part of the day. The mascot QuackerJack was hilarious and the game itself was interesting.
Overall, I had lots of fun Wednesday. It was a pretty eventful day that I’ll never forget.
Tuesday was my second day at the Greene Institute but I was already homesick because I missed mother.
The food lacked some things that I am used to, like Jamaican spices, and I was worried about what my editor Bill Bleyer would say about my profile after he had sent an initial email with direct comments that were a little intimidating. I wanted to go home.
Luckily, in person Bleyer was kind and reassuring and guided me how to improve my story.
Even better, the buffet we normally have at dinner was closed and we got to make our own food choices. The Jamaican buffet, Island Cuisine, caught my eye and I immediately went to check it out. I felt a little bit less homesick when I saw food that I love and I was excited to try it. I got rice and peas, jerk chicken and fried plantains. The food did not taste exactly like what I got at home but the Jamaican flavor in the mix made me happy.
The food at East Side Dining cured my homesickness.
So it’s Friday and I’m not going to lie—I’m kinda sad. I really enjoyed my experience here and I made some great friends. At night, after long days of working hard, all the boys got together and played cards in the dorms. And even though we’ve all just met each other, it’s as if we have known each other for years.
I also learned a lot about shooting video and video editing, and I learned so much more about photography.
For my second project was assigned to write about a photo gallery called “FACES AND PLACES: Photographs from the Kellerman Family,” a collection of more than 60 photos by well-known fine art and documentary photographers. The gallery is being shown at the The Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery on the first floor of the Staller Center for the Arts. I’m going try my best, and with the help from my team and everyone here, I know it’ll be good.
Before this week, photography was not interesting or appealing to me at all. That all changed when John Williams came to the Greene Institute and taught us how to handle a camera and take professional photos. He taught us about ISO, shutter speed and f-stop. He showed us his own photos, which were really interesting. I was especially interested in the ones about baseball because I love the game.
Williams really opened my eyes about photo journalism and has completely changed my mind about photography. When he sent us out for practice, I was partnered with Matt and Yash, who I feel have been friends for a long time, even though we have just met.
Learning about photography from Williams was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Maybe if I become a journalist, photography can be one of my main interests.
The first full day is going by fast. Yesterday we had a meeting discussing all the topics we can use for our articles throughout the week. After that, we ate pizza and then were allowed to to get ice cream, which helped a lot of us to talk, learn names and get to know the people were going to be spending a whole week with.
It was interesting learning about everyones thoughts and environments before coming into the program and how they prepared.
Today we were all woken up by a really loud knock at the door around 6:30 a.m., making us all have to roll out of bed after the tiring day yesterday. We then got breakfast and had a lesson on interviewing and got really good ideas and information to help us for the week and for the future when writing articles and for when some of us become journalists.
I’m so happy to have gotten this experience and met new people. I can’t wait for all the fun things going on for the rest of the week and to show off my progress in the end.