Snapshot of my time at Greene

Today marks the full second day of my time here at Greene. I feel simultaneously tired but happy. I am adjusting to dorm life nicely, but sleeping is still an issue I hope to fix as I want to be awake for the big game tomorrow. I love the commoraderie of dorm life, and how everyone is bonding. Each night is capped off with fun conversations between my hallway neighbors and I’m always laughing.

I love how hands-on the Greene team has allowed me to be. I had never used a professional camera before I came here, and I was worried at first. But Mr. Williams was so upbeat and fun and he made a lesson that was technical, engrossing and funny. What’s great about learning about this type of technology is that we get to use it right after. We took pictures all around the campus and it’s been so fun gaining skills and seeing myself grow in terms of what I’m able to capture.

I also learned how to use a camcorder and tripod. The tripod was more confusing than I had originally expected, but it was fun to learn and play around with. I also really loved shooting video and transitioning from a wide shot to a tight shot.

I am already learning a lot during my time here, and I have had my eyes open to factions of news that I had never even considered. I’m excited to dive in even further and collaborate with my team to produce pieces we will all be proud of.


Learning the Basics of a Good Interview

Changing can be painful, but often times, it is not the change itself we fear, but the process that accompanies it. As one who has never conducted a formal interview for a story or newspaper, I find myself both intrigued yet reluctant to step forth into this aspect of journalism.

While I have experienced reaching out to people through email, and reading latest updates and events over the PA system for Baldwin High School’s morning announcements, I would imagine that this could not equate to face-to-face interactions and I am sure many others would agree. As opposed to communicating with sources electronically, an interview conducted in person offers journalists the chance to observe alternate components of human interaction; this includes the source’s body language or tone of voice,  details that would otherwise be lost or overlooked when contacting someone by email or phone.

As an aspiring interviewer, I strive to make those I interview comfortable within their environment, as I would want the same if I were put in their shoes. Though mutual respect is a crucial principle of a successful interview, it is still important to be our authentic selves while doing so.

I look forward to improving and discovering my strengths, but more importantly, confronting my weaknesses during my time in the Robert W. Greene program; I am very grateful for this opprtunity.



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.




Forging Forever Friendships on Day Two

Though the day was slow and sweaty, I can more than safely say that it was one of the best  I’ve had in my entire life. Having the opportunity to learn photography from a Pulitzer prize winner and videography from a professor here at Stony Brook is something that I will forever be grateful for. This experience is a complete honor, and what we learned in the newsroom today was amazing. The friends I’ve made within the program are some of the greatest people I’ve ever met, and it already feels like I’ve known each and every one of them for a lifetime. The fact that we all share one common interest is what unites us, and just like the inverted pyramid, our love for journalism is the most important aspect of our friendship. It’s what brings us together as a family and as we go further down the pyramid, we learn about the little things that we have in common with each other. For instance, my roommate and I both sleep with stuffed animals. I was secretly afraid to bring mine with me in fear of being judged, but when I saw a teddy bear sitting on her bed, I mentioned it and we both laughed. Another way we’ve been getting to know each other is by hosting little “slumber parties” in the basement. Each night, we invite everyone into someone’s room and we play different icebreaking games; as a result, we find out what others like to do for fun, what our lives are like at our own schools, and more. I’m extremely thankful to be a member of the Greene Team, and I’m also extremely thankful for my fellow Greene Team members as well as the people who taught us so many new things about photography and videography today. I can’t wait for what the next five days will bring!

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.

Breakfast, news, Phil and Bill, Trump and Putin, and Greene

It’s good to be Greene. Today is the first day and I’m excited. Breakfast was good, especially while reading the news, which is usually what I do every day. I’ve met great people and I already feel like I’ve known them for so long.

Today we talked about interviewing skills with Zach and general information about news with Cathrine. We met Phil, who seemed like a really cool guy, and Bill, the editor of our profiles. I write this blog, thinking about the Trump and Putin summit and MLB All-Star Week.

An early start …

I love to sleep. I know it sounds weird but I can literally sleep off and through anything. To switch to a schedule where I wake up at 5:00 in the morning every day is totally different than what I’m used to, however it definitely has its perks. No one’s up. I can shower, get dressed and do everything else with no interruptions. No arguments over the shower, no moving my bags over for sink space. At 5:00 it feels as if the whole floor is mine. The first day with the Greene Team I felt so bad, because I was struggling to keep my eyes open. My sleep schedule was so messed up, but now that my body seems to be adapting. I feel up and energized for the day.

Anyway, if I had to rate my time here at Stony Brook so far out of ten it would earn a solid 9.2. I’ve learned so much in just one day. It’s funny how you think you know so much about a topic, but when you actually sit and talk with media professionals you discover you really didn’t know that much after all. I’m looking forward to the days to come, especially Wednesday when we visit Newsday.


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.


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