Last Day!

My group finished putting together our video and article today. I think the whole process flowed smoothly. I, personally, am especially proud of the end result. We could not have done it without David North, our team leader. Everyone in my group put a tremendous amount of effort into the project. I could not have asked for a better group. This week was a tedious and challenging week, but I have taken away so much. This week was a week I will never forget.

A great start to Greene Week

The Greene program started off with a bang when Stephanie Brumsey talked to the team about her road to being a producer. The humor and motivation that Brumsey brought to the table was a great start to my day.

After she left the call, we moved on to grasp a general understanding of how to pull readers into an article with the usage of a proper lede. Brumsey’s talk and learning to frame an article were both fun segments of the day, however, my favorite part was learning how to put together and use a Padcaster. We were lucky enough to have the founder of Padcaster, Josh Apter, join us and explain the general uses of the device.

Toward the end of today’s session, we broke out into different groups to converse about splitting responsibilities in developing our own stories. My team will be working on a story titled “Pandemic Pets.” Overall, I believe today set a standard for the rest of the week that needs to be kept. It was a great start to the Greene Week. 🙂

Broadcasting day!

Today was my favorite day by far! We got to go through the process of broadcasting a story as well as sharing the weather. Seeing the result at the end was the best part. I think this lesson really brought out a lot of confidence in the team. My team and I also worked a lot more on our story. It is coming along really well. I am really excited for the end result. That is everything for today. Until tomorrow! 🙂

Julia Capitelli: Hoping to fill the gap in a male dominated industry

By Sophia Herrera
Our Lady of Mercy Academy

Around the age of eight, Julia Capitelli became fixated on the field of sports journalism.

Her parents would always find her watching the NHL or reading an article about a recent hockey game. She would watch or read any source of news she could get her hands on. This exposed her to the injustices between sexes and races in the journalism industry.

 “There is a significant gap in the hockey sports broadcasting industry between men and women,” the rising senior at North Shore High School said. “There are still far more men than women. It’s been dominated by the men forever.”

“Julia is a fierce fighter for the underrepresented, with women being the main category there,” her father, Steve Capitelli, added. As she grew up, Julia was exposed to her family’s love for the New York Rangers. Her family bonded over watching a Rangers game and analyzing it.  Although she has never played the game, her passion for hockey quickly consumed an enormous portion of her life. 

As Julia continued to grow, she developed a love for writing. She decided she wanted to use her skills to promote the hockey broadcasting industry and to be an advocate for women in sports journalism. “I always feel like there’s a part of her that would love to write scathing pieces about injustice,” her father said.

Julia has calculated the tedious steps she must take to make it to her new dream job at NHL Network. First, she reached out to a New York Rangers blog titled foreverblueshirts. She was given a chance to write for the blog and continues to do so almost weekly. Her posts on the blog consist of her deep analysis of games. Unlike other journalists, Julia not only studies the main events of each game but also the actions of players and coaches away from the puck. 

The next step she took was joining the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists. Julia applied because she wants to write in a more journalistic style. “Right now, a lot of my writing can sound like an essay I would write in English class, so I need to get used to the journalism style of writing,” she acknowledged. She also aims to get more of an understanding of broadcast media. “Overall, I’m looking for this week to be the first step to a career in journalism.”

“As far as journalism goes, I think it is really important that people get the truth,” she said. It was distressing for her to see the lack of truth in some of the news in recent years.

“It would be nice to be someone that just writes articles,” Julia concluded. “But I also think I would be really into broadcast media and to be a face that people see as a part of women’s representation in the field,”