Crazy last days

The past couple of days have been anything but calm. Everyone has deadlines to meet which leaves us all stressed and extremely tired by the time we clock back into our dorms. It has been raining lately, so our rooms have cooled down a bit.

On Wednesday night, we attended the Ducks game at Bethpage Ballpark. We didn’t go just for fun, we went to cover it for a news package we are all working on. My team (Team 3) is covering a story on the baseball clinic that is offered for young kids.

We took still photos and conducted videoed interviews which we then used to write a story  and put together a video on the clinics. My team works very well together and we all delegate our tasks to “divide and conquer.”

My biggest struggle has been video. I have never worked with a video camera before or edited a news video so this has definitely been a major learning experience.

We are currently working on a different package about Faces and Places which is an art exhibit in arts center on campus.

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.



An eventful day with the Greene Team

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.

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.

From doubter to doer

Throughout this week, I’ve been surprised by how much of a fun and enriching learning experience it’s been. The program was meticulously planned, teaching us all aspects of journalism.

Learning the stressful and fast-paced field of news broadcasting has been particularly memorable. We learned the logistics of being in front of and behind the camera. I was engrossed in how the control room works. Each individual has dozens of buttons to press at various times, and they have to communicate with others in the room and to the cameraman at the film site.

We reported on the Long Island Ducks as they played the New Britain Bees Wednesday. Photo by Yash Kumar. (July 18, 2018)

I was surprised how many people are actually needed to tell the evening news, and how crucial each person is to the whole production.

Another highlight of my week here at Stony Brook was when we attended the Long Island Ducks game. It was a stressful time, trying to film people in the gift shop for B-roll, finding good candidates for interviews and getting the spelling of every person interviewed. When we finally finished reporting, I was able to get food and sit down with my friends Matt Quanand and Sebastian Germosen and watch the closing moments of the game.

Regarding leisure time, I am going to miss the dorm life and all of the friends I have made. Whether it was playing cards in the lounge late at night or eating breakfast and telling jokes, I’ve created strong friendships that would usually take months to develop. Coming into the program, I was shy and scared to open up, but things improved rapidly, and I’ve made very close friends in Matt and Sebastian. We soon found out about our many common interests, from sports to social media. Soon, I was comfortable around everyone on the team.

I’ve had great learning experiences with some kind and helpful experts in various journalism fields. I’ve also made several friends who brought out the best of me, and the program. I hope to apply this knowledge in my school’s newspaper and also keep in touch with many of my friends in the program.

Just when I thought I couldn’t be more interested in journalism …

In front of Newsday’s headquarters in Melville.

It was a very exciting Day 4 at the Greene Institute, and just when I thought I couldn’t become more interested in journalism, I was amazed at how much work goes into of being a reporter and behind the scenes of television.

At 7:30 a.m., after a quick breakfast, we all made our way over to the broadcast studio, where we had the amazing opportunity to put together a newscast. I got to be the anchor, floor director and work in the control room. I was nervous to go first to get up and speak in front of the camera, but after a while, it felt more normal to me. It was so amazing to me how much work was put into producing only a two- to three-minute newscast.

At the end of the lesson, watching back the newscasts, both good and bad, showed how much we improved.

Later today, we are going to Newsday to see how a real newspaper and newsroom works.

After that, we are going to Bethpage Ballpark to conduct field work for stories on the Long Island Ducks. My team chose to cover the summer jobs.

The view from the press box!

That’s me at the anchor desk!

I am very excited to try to apply all of these skills that I have learned so far this week. I’ve learned so much about many aspects of journalism and have gained so many new friends that I know I will keep after this week concludes. I am loving every second of this whole process!

Crunch time and loving it

Getting ready to edit on Final Cut Pro. Photo by Emily Palazzotto.

Right off the bat this morning, we were tasked with coming up with questions to ask at a press conference with Caroline Suozzi about the steps her father, U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi, and his campaign team are taking to put an end to gun violence.

At the press conference, each of us got to ask a few questions. Some then chose to write some stories about the press conference.

Rather than doing the extra story, I decided to start editing the footage my team got at the Ducks game on Final Cut Pro to to help us meet deadline. Now we’re about to eat lunch. After that, my team and I  are going to the iD Tech Camp, a Lego robotics programs, where we will cover our second story. My job is to take still photos, which I am excited to do because I still don’t have much experience with that.

Later on today, we are attending the Stony Brook Film Festival, which should also be a good time. It is crunch time to meet the set deadline, but as chaotic as it is, I still love each thing I am learning and doing at this program!

‘Yep, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life’

The entrance at Newsday in Melville displays the logos of the company’s various outlets. Photo by Zoe Gordon. (July 18, 2018)


Today was one of my favorite days so far in this program. We started out learning everything about broadcast journalism, from the control room to the anchor desk.

TV journalism was definitely something I had hoped to learn about here. I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed being on air and working behind the scenes in the control room. When I was anchoring, I had a clear thought in my head of, “Yep, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

Later in the day, we toured Newsday. Being a Florida native, I did not really know what Newsday was or how big it was before coming to Long Island. The thing I found most interesting is how much history Newsday has as a company. I also thought it was pretty awesome that Newsday was founded by a woman.

Lastly, we had the Ducks game. It was so much fun, but also stressful to find people to interview. I think my group changed our story idea five times. However, in the end we were able to conduct good interviews, film lots of B-role and just have fun. I was able to figure out things I have never done before at my school, like filming videos and taking pictures.

I also had the best time just hanging out with the friends I have made just days ago. I had no idea that I would make such good friends in the short week we have at Stony Brook. So far, my experience would not be the same without them.

I found my passion!

I’m busy at work at the Long Island Ducks ballgame. Photo by Inna Ali. (July 18, 2018)

I came to Stony Brook University Saturday not remotely aware that I was about to have an experience of a lifetime. After five days at the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists, I can safely say that I have had the full journalism experience and it was great!

On the first day we warmed up by meeting to discuss the stories we were interested in writing about. The Greene Team was enthusiastically spitting out ideas. It was impressive.

We got straight to the action on the second day when learned the fundamentals of writing, reporting, photography and videography. My favorite part was photography. I was never interested in photography before because I wasn’t educated about it. But as soon as I learned about f-stop, shutter speed, ISO and exposure, I was ready to capture some magic.

On Tuesday, there were more lessons from the day before, and we prepared to for our field reporting assignments.

My favorite day of the whole week was Wednesday. We got a chance to meet professors and veteran journalists Marcy McGinnis and Connie Conway. I got a chance to sit in the broadcast studio and serve as a reporter as well as a member of the technical support team. I was nervous at first about speaking on camera, but I enjoyed it.

Later that day the Greene Team got a chance to tour Newsday’s newsroom and learn a little bit more about the paper’s history. Did you know Newsday was started by Alicia Patterson in 1940?

After the Newsday tour, we were journeyed to a Long Island Ducks game. We got a chance to hold a press conference with Michael Polak, the director of media relations and broadcast. Then we went out into the stands to interview people for our story. I approached people to ask them questions, something I wouldn’t have done in my normal day-to-day life. Some people didn’t want to talk, but I didn’t feel discouraged by it. As my mom always says, “You have to have a thick skin to become a journalist.” I guess I just developed my thick skin!

I really enjoyed my days here at Greene Insitute. It was an opportunity of a lifetime and I will take the skills I developed here make them useful. I walked into this program torn between two professions—acting and journalism—and I’m walking away stuck on journalism. It has everything I’ve ever been interested in and I’m grateful to have had this experience.