November 23th, Tuesday

November 28, 2010

On this Tuesday, November 23th, Shaun,Yu and me went to the covered two news. First one was a press conference about sentence after drunk especially during Holidays which is a good moment for people to drink together. Because people always didn’t listen too much about this before , this time officials declared this announcement and warned people again.
The second is a MOS on NYIT campus where we got students to ask them what their thansgiving for when the thankgiving was around the corner.

As for me, a camera man, the difficulty this time is to take the camera on the shoulder when shooting MOS. I have to keep it as steady as possibly.But I’ve tried my best.


Dongtao Xue


November 16th, Tuesday

November 28, 2010

Back to Tuesday,November 16th, I went to cover the news about encouraging the disabled to do whatever normal people can do as a camera man with reporter Oliver.

The theme of this activity was “life’s connection through music”. People showed themselves by singing or dancing at stage to prove that they can make it only if they just do it.

As for my job as a camera man , I dealed with a very dark environment for the first time, which was very difficult for camera men to shoot good shots. Then we called back the news room immediately. By Gary telling me some tricks ,I knew I could turn the gain button to M from L in the dark environment like the theater where we were this time.

Dongtao Xue

Learning About Final Cut Pro

November 28, 2010

I’m very excited in learning on using Final Cut Pro. In our last lecture with Gary b/4 Thanksgiving, he was showing us how to use the program that will help us in editing our News Stories. It looks like it is a easiler way in editing, rather than editing with the Deck-to-Deck editing that we are learning to use in the News Room.  I’m still very rusty on learning how to edit my stories Deck-to-Deck… but I know with hard work and determination I will get there.

This program looks very use -a- friendly computer system, can’t wait to learn more about it… especially if it will help me editing my stories in a more efficient manner:)

Safiya Allen

The 9th Annual 2010 Smart Growth Summit

November 28, 2010

On November 19th I covered the 9th Annual  Smart Growth Summit that was held at the Marriott Hotel in Melville Long Island. It was a summit that consisted of 100 speakers and 900 regional leaders, who were called to address problems and to come up with solutions to Long Island land use and infrastructure issues.   Because Long Island population is vastly growing and expanding many elected officials,civic leaders, developers, planners, environmentalists and concerned citizens were all called  to find solutions to this issues…

I interviewed a young college student who was also  a guest speaker she wanted to address problems and concerns that young college students and working professorial people face when trying to purchase homes on Long Island. They can not afford to buy a home because of the cost$$$.  Their income don not permit them to afford housing on Long Island, so in many cases  in they are forced to move out of state.

Many constructional companies was there to address building affordable housing  for low income people, in which are first time buyers like younger people. They were proposing their ideas at the summit.

There were also, buinesses who discussed Transporation issues, Enegery concerns and plans for the furture,Public Saftey, Land Use, and many more.. All were excited to discuss solutions and ideas for how they can help solve these problems.

Overall it was very interesting and wonderful story to cover, if you want to learn more on what solutions that the Smart Summit is proposing to find solutions for  the expanding and changing Long Island area please visit

Safiya Allen

Tuesday, November 23rd 2010

November 26, 2010

On Tuesday, Pete and I headed to Long Beach to do 2 things. First we did a MOS on the boardwalk where we asked people what they thought of the warm weather so late in November. It went pretty well until I got yelled at by a very irritated man.

Then we went to a conference near Reynolds channel where neighbors who live across on the bay had started noticing a visible brown sludge in the water since early march. Legislators only learned of the problem when Long Beach resident Scott Bochner, whose home overlooks the bay, videotaped the sewage being dumped into the channel, and posted in on youtube.

The sewage is flowing from the county operated Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant into Reynolds Channel but they had failed to notify the public, the county Department of Health and the legislature about these violations.

Bochner and neighbor Jim Hangley are now part of an ad-hoc group (residents, activists, and elected officials) called the “Sludge Stoppers” and they are calling for Nassau County to hold public hearings and put a stop to this problem.

Natalee Shale

Condemned Building in Long Beach

November 23, 2010

Some Long Beach residents may not be feeling very thankful this holiday season… People living in the Seabreeze Tower co-op building in Long Beach were told by an engineer that their building was in danger of a partial or complete collapse and they had to evacuate immediately. They only had a few hours to get their belongings before being temporarily kicked out of their homes until repairs are made. To learn more, watch my story below!


Holocaust Awareness

November 20, 2010

A Holocaust survivor named Werner Reich came to the Boces school in Westbury to speak to middle school students from schools throughout Nassau County. Students told me they were very touched by Werner’s stories and said it’s powerful to be able to hear these stories from an actual survivor, not just from a movie or textbook. I was really impressed and surprised at how articulate the students were when speaking with me about the event. Watch the story below to lear more.