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Days 4 and 5…What a ride!

Good news everyone! This is going to be a double blog post, alert the presses (Haha! I am so funny!) Yesterday, we had a pep-talk by no other then Steve Wick who was actually very close to the Greene Team’s Bob Greene. His pieces were very interesting, such as the Louise Pietrewicz murder story and the story titled Flowers for Aida Wilson. But the thing that really got me during our talk was when he mentioned reporters should be “getting in the way” for a story and keeping your interest.

We then had a quick Video Journalism recap from Rick because of our projects that are coming up soon — very soon! Then we had a very interesting social media journalism class by Professor Wasim Ahmad, who used to teach at Stony Brook University but now teaches at Quinnipiac University for media journalism. His class was extremely interesting just because it talked about how the idea of social media is now an important aspect of daily life and it is important for students to have at least some social media presence. He advised this mainly in order for colleges and future job employers to see and notice your media presence. I was so enthralled. I was writing notes during his presentation and I was so upset about not getting to hear the last couple of minutes on the creation of a website because time had run out.

Then, from yesterday evening to this late afternoon, I have been: writing, editing, and handing in stuff to all the professors. Cathrine and Zach weren’t kidding when they said this requires a lot of momentum. I feel so close to getting everything done, but at the same time I really want to crash!

We were also able to speak with representatives of the Student Journalism Association and also Robert Pertusati a dean in the admissions office for Stony Brook. I thought his presentation was super enlightening.

These last two days have been a whirlwind. I can’t believe that tomorrow is the closing ceremony!

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5/5

It’s the last day of Greene week and the busiest by far.

The last minute change to our second article was discombobulating but I’m proud of my team that we were able to bounce back nicely and confidently. As for our first article, I’m so grateful for my neuroticism and for starting this early Wednesday night because I just know that I would’ve been stuck staring at my screen if I started writing yesterday or even today. I guess that’s another reality of journalism: getting sh*t done (in the words of wise Cathrine Duffy) as soon as you can. There are last-minute changes of course but you need to have substance in the first place.

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Final day

As the last day of the Greene program comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on all that I have learned.

We were in crunch mode today, working and editing hours straight. Rena and I were completely focused on finishing up our article, and we finally finished in the evening after constant discussions on Zoom and tons of text messages back and forth.

Our team was very hardworking and diligent, and we ended up creating three amazing pieces: one article, one feature piece and one video.

One thing I want known is how thankful I am that we were still given the opportunity to learn all about journalism online.

I can’t wait to continue my path in writing and journalism!

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It’s Friday!

Today is Friday and what a week it has been. The Greene Institute was such a fabulous program to participate in. I learned so many things about photographs, videos, and stories. I will say, I did feel like a real reporter at times. Running around town, scrambling for photos and B-roll while staying on top of my emails and phone just in case I get an important phone call. It was exhilarating.

While I was in town getting footage for the video, I wore my press badge. Why? Just because I could. I raced home, quickly ate, and continued to write. I know today is Friday and the blog should focus on Friday but Thursday was CRAZINESS. From 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. I was working for my stories. It was satisfying to see his come out the way it did though.

Friday was a wrap-up day. We fixed and edited the work we had done, and finalized some of the photos we had taken. I know being a reporter is way harder, but I can’t help but feel like an actual journalist. Tomorrow is the last day of the Greene program. Hopefully it will be fun!

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Last Day of Greene

Today is the last day of Greene Team, and the final stretch of completing everything. This week has taught me so much about journalism, and gave me insight on all of the different paths I can take, whether in the journalism route or just in general. I really learned how to manage my time well, and how to research, take photos and videos, talk in front of a camera, and report well. The things I wanted to learn how to do the most in the Greene program was broadcasting, interviewing, and researching, and this week I’ve done the best of those things I can do. 

I loved working on a team and collaborating on stories, and it felt so rewarding when I turned in the COVID story, because I knew that I probably worked as hard as I could’ve these past couple days to make that story as best as it can be. I can’t wait to take what I learned in the Greene program and apply to my future journalism work. My goal is to go back to my community and start writing, and to investigate and see what stories I can come up with. After this program, I am starting to see journalism as a career path more and more, and I hope that I can take what I learned here and use it for the rest of my life.

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Team 5

Our team’s collaboration on the project today was great! I got to see how my fellow reporters approach their work and different aspects.

We worked amazing together and used each other’s opinions to improve on our writing.

Drive-by events and student-run organizations, all forms of communal support during COVID, has been such an interesting topic to dig into. All four of us used our contacts and interview skills to piece together an amazing project.

I can’t wait to see our finished product!

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Getting Down to Business

Today, the fifth day of the Greene program, we heard from Steve Wick, who is currently a top editor but is also a former investigative reporter for Newsday who was hired by Robert Greene. While he was writing land fraud stories, inspired by a reporter in Arizona, that reporter was suddenly murdered. Robert Greene put together a team of journalists to carry on the reporter’s legacy, and Steve Wick was on that team. Two of the most important things he learned from Greene were 1) if you keep assembling the puzzle pieces of a story, you will eventually see the whole picture and 2) get in the way – make sure you are in a position to get the facts. Some of Wick’s most famous stories are the case of the murder of Louise Pitrewicz and several missing persons cases. He says that a journalist’s job is to take a flashlight and shine it where no one else is shining light. 

Rick Riccioppo and Rachael Eyler gave us a very helpful lesson on how to shoot video for news. They told us to match the video to the audio, speak in a simple conversational style, and make sure we get our footage from appropriate sources. They also taught us the meanings of several news photography terms, such as A-roll, B-roll, SOT, NAT POP, and standup. Rachael Eyler showed us one of her own news stories, both the script and the finished video. 

Wasim Ahmad, a multimedia professor, taught us about the benefits to interactive online storytelling, as well as various forms such as infographics, interactive maps, 360 video, and podcasts. He gave us tips on using social media responsibly and using it as a tool in journalism. 

Then, it was crunch time, as we all got to work on the stories we’re covering. The time flew by as Shruti and I worked on our article on organizations providing moral support to the community during COVID-19. Only after we finished the rough draft did I realize how much time had passed – but, surprisingly, I actually feel energized instead of exhausted! I hope to be able to help out my teammates with other aspects of our project, too. 

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4/5

I’m currently sitting in the middle of a Zoom call. The tempo of the Greene Week has certainly changed. I can now feel the fervor of the news room even from the simple check-ins we’re doing. In short, things are getting more demanding. I’ll update more later in the day but I just wanted to note this.

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3/5

Le fin de day 3.

Today we had our own virtual broadcasting session. It was my first time doing the first of any kind; everything I’ve done with journalism has been on pad and paper. I have to commend the team and teachers for organizing a process like this cause I don’t even want to think of the technological work that’s behind it.

Honestly, I don’t think broadcasting is for me. It was nice to try it out but I think the experience cemented my gravitation towards print journalism. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad experience. It simply wasn’t for me.

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2/5

Day 2 of this week is finally over and I’m pretty sure I flattened my behind after sitting through lecture after lecture – but it was worth it.

Today we were visited by acclaimed photographer John Williams and I have to say I came out of the lecture impressed. You could really see his passion in both his photographs and how he spoke of them. Though I thought photography was an intuitive process, something that anyone could pick him, he brought to light a thought process that I had never considered before. It really moved me to consider a perspective that I never had before. I wish I could’ve thanked him but I just know that I’ll be reaching out soon.