2010 Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists

The Green Gazette

Awesome! Excellent! Fabulous! Loved It!

The reviews are in and the 18 specially selected high school journalists who made up the 2010 Greene Team were all on the same page: “It showed me I have what it takes to be a journalist.” “I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world.” “I would not hesitate to recommend this program.” “I didn’t want to leave.”

The second annual summer boot camp was created in honor of the late Bob Greene, legendary Newsday investigative reporter and former professor at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism, whose dream was to start a summer institute for high school journalists. The students, selected from a pool of more than 80 applicants, spent the week of July 25 on campus. They lived in the dorms, worked in the Journalism newsroom, covered news on and off campus and learned how to produce stories in multimedia formats.

Taught by members of the Stony Brook’s journalism faculty, the students learned how to write and report, how to shoot and edit video, how to conduct interviews, how photography helps tell a story, and how to create blogs. The students played the roles of television anchors and reporters in the journalism school’s state-of-the art studio before their trip to the News 12 studios. As field reporters, they learned news conference etiquette as they questioned Stony Brook Film Festival director, Alan Inkles, and they learned that covering a Ducks’ baseball game wasn’t as easy as it looked. One student summed up the Greene Team experience: “The long days, busy schedules, and tight deadlines made me feel like a real journalist, plus it was so much fun.”

For a look at students’ work, click http://www.greenegazette.com.

For more information about the program click http://www.stonybrook.edu/journalism/bobgreene.html.