Students attend Robert W. Greene Summer Journalism Institute

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Students recently took part in the Robert W. Greene Summer Journalism Institute at Stony Brook University. The Press Club of Long Island donates to this institute annually.

The Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists is a weeklong, residential journalism boot camp at Stony Brook University that trains students in the basics of reporting, interviewing, writing, still and video photography and video editing.

The program, which recruits up to 20 students each summer to learn from the faculty of SBU’s School of Journalism and other practitioners on Long Island and New York City, was launched in 2009.

Students conduct a press conference and REPORT ON an international film festival, cover a professional baseball game and complete breaking news stories on and off the campus, producing multimedia packages that appear on a website dedicated to their work, The Greene Gazette at www.greenegazette.com.

The program is named after the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editor and reporter, Robert W. Greene, who worked at Newsday for several decades and taught journalism at Stony Brook University until he died in 2008 even as he began to lay the foundation for the high school journalism boot camp that now bears his name.

The Institute has enjoyed sponsorship from a variety of sources including Friends of Bob Greene, the Press Club of Long Island, New York Community Bank, The Dow Jones News Fund and JPMorgan Chase.

Greene, a former president of the Press Club of Long Island, was a pioneering investigative reporter and editor. He is a member of the Long Island Journalism Hall of Fame.

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