Is this really for me?

I’ve never been one of those people that easily pick up a passion, and it seems like most of the things I develop an interest for quickly die. Actually, being in this program makes me fear that I’ll discover that journalism isn’t for me. I don’t want to have to settle for just any ol’ career, I want to actually do something I care about — something that fills me with excitement every time I wake up for the next forty-five or so years I’ll be working. I’ve always found it sad that at the young age of 17 or 18, we’re expected to make pretty much the most important decision of our lives. Twelve years isn’t nearly enough time to actually figure out you want to do for the rest of your life, especially since, for most of it, we’re dealing with all these other challenging aspects of adolescence. It really isn’t fair.

On the first day with the Greene Team, I realized how incredibly lucky I was. I have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a career I’m thinking about pursuing instead of just dropping thousands of dollars majoring in a career after high school. As a person that is constantly changing their mind, this is probably the best program for me. Pitching ideas in a room full of my peers, getting feedback, and coming up with ways to execute ideas is the first aspect of journalism we touched on and one I really liked. I don’t have a shortage of ideas, and finding a place where I can extend them is comforting. Yesterday, we had a speaker discuss the change in the industry from television to the internet, and with that my biggest fear is the career itself might not be what I completely envision for myself. It seems the journalism field is always changing, similar to other fields, but I find with journalism, it’s faster than others. Is journalism a stable career with all its rapid changes? I always envisioned myself on a channel like ABC, reporting World News Tonight. What steps would I actually have to take to get there? As the week continues, I hope to find what I envision within this career.

 

Off to a great start

The Greene Institute is off to a great start as we are all already learning and taking in valuable lessons. This morning, bright and early, we began with news over breakfast and some discussions about articles we read. Our first lesson covered an overview of journalism tips and some skills to conduct great interviews. Up next is a special opportunity to work one on one with a professional to edit our profiles that we worked on before arriving on campus. I am especially looking forward to the great article ideas we brainstormed last night and are going to be producing over this week.

Brainstorming and breaking ice

Today I arrived at the Greene summer institute. Even though this was my second time leaving my family for a summer program, it was hard. After a few weeks of fun, I wasn’t looking forward to parting ways with my family, friends and the beach at home. However, I was looking forward to doing what I loved.

After a quick orientation and getting settled into my room, my family was out the door. It was crazy to imagine that this will be my reality one year from now, except for the fact that they won’t be leaving me for a week, it will be for an extended period of time.

Finally, it was time for brainstorming. As we sat on the almost-too-comfortable couches, myself and other Greene students shared our ideas for potential story topics, each relevant to our own lives. Finally, I was able to gain a greater understanding of how to begin the writing process. Just by starting with a general topic, we were able to break it up into separate ideas and come up with potential sources. At the end of our brainstorming session, we had a whiteboard full of topics that we were all interested in, and could write powerful, passion-filled stories about.

During our brainstorming session, I had a few realizations. To start, I need to read/watch/listen to more news. In order to be an effective journalist, one must know what’s going on in the world. Even if it is just news over breakfast, as we will be doing this week, it will be enough to have a greater understanding of the happenings in our surroundings. While brainstorming, I was also reassured that journalism is the path for me. The amount of joy the creative process of brainstorming brought me, was undeniable.

Later on in the afternoon, we young journalists indulged in some ice cream, then hung out in our dorms. As I spoke to the other girls in the dorms around my own, I discovered how different my school is from all others. We spoke about school rank, exams, pressure from peers and administration, and it made me all the more grateful for the community that I am part of. While grades are important, it does not override the importance of doing what you love, and learning while doing so. Not once have I felt the pressure described by some of the girls, and I feel that that is the reason I am, who I am.

Overall, it was a lovely first day. I am looking forward to the hands on learning we will be doing. I am also excited to be in the seat of a journalist throughout the next week, because I love the drive and hard work it takes to be part of this career. Here’s to a week of enlightenment, exploration, and bonding! The Greene Team is ready to report!

A great start

The Greene Institute is off to a great start, as we are all already learning and taking in valuable lessons. This morning, bright and early, we began with news over breakfast and some discussions about articles we read. Our first lesson covered an overview of journalism tips and some skills to conduct great interviews. Up next is a special opportunity to work one on one with a professional to edit our profiles that we worked on before arriving on campus. I am especially looking forward to the great article ideas we brainstormed last night and are going to be producing over this week.

Welcome Greene Team 2018!

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

Our tenth year is off to a great start, with students from high schools on Long Island, New York City and Parkland, Florida. 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.

Photo by Wasim Ahmad.

Meet the 2018 Greene Team:

Inna Ali – Secondary School for Journalism
Adeishe Bagaloo – Uniondale HS
Emily Bishop – The Stony Brook School
Jianni Burnett – The Scholars’ Academy
Jennifer Cirigliano – W.C.Mepham High School
Brianna Depra – Hempstead HS
Brianna Diane Foster – Smithtown High School East
Emanuel Figetakis – Francis Lewis High School
Sebastian Germosen – Archbishop Molloy HS
Zoe Gordon – Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Corianna Jackson – Brentwood High School
Yash Kumar – Jericho High School
Caroline Ledoux – Roosevelt HS
Christian Miller – St John the Baptist
Lauren Nicks – Baldwin Senior High School
Julianna R. Orkin – West Islip High School
Emily Palazzotto – Connetquot High School
Matthew Quan – Longwood High School
Meghan Reilly – Westhampton Beach High School
Rachel Schneider – Great Neck South High School
Parker Schug – Bayport-Blue Point High School
Chelsea Sibri – The Scholars’ Academy
Laila Stevens – Benjamin N. Cardozo High School
Taylor Yon – Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Nijha A.Young – Baldwin Senior High School

Each Greene Team member in Summer 2018 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!

–  Zack and Cathrine

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