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CITIZENS JOURNALISTS OF OLD WESTBURY

New Media & Citizen Journalism

I filmed some parts of my town after Hurricane Sandy hit us. There was garbage and piles of furniture all over front lawns at many homes. Across from my house, Men’s Warehouse was fixing the inside of the building after it was flooded.

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The Circle of Strength is a Non-profit organization created by Nanci Cacossa. It’s goal is to raise money to find a cure for Ovarian Cancer. I interviewed my best friend and the son of Nanci Cacossa.

Here is a list of the websites/TV channels that I usually watch or visit:

Youtube.com  I usually watch funny videos and youtube poop.

Yahoo.com  I check my email there.

Themysticalforestzone.com

Soniczone0.com Maps and information on the classic Sonic Genesis games.

Mariowiki.com An encyclopedia about the Mario series.

Nickelodeon I ususlly watch Spongebob Squarepants or Family Matters in the morning.

Cartoon Network I usually watch The Amazing World of Gumball and The Looney Tunes Show.

Comedy Central  I usually watch Jeff Dunham or South Park.

Fox I usually watch Family Guy or American Dad.

The Hub I usually watch ALF.

Youtube, Yahoo, Themysticalforestzone, Sonic.wikia, and Mariowiki are independently owned. Nickelodeon and Comedy Central are owned by Viacom. Cartoon Network is owned by Time Warner. Fox is owned by News Corp. The Hub is independently owned.

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100_0594My community is very self-centered. You don’t even have to leave town to go to a mall or a far away store. You can get anything you need in this town. People mostly use cars for transportation and others use the railroad to go to the city. I live in a peaceful town where there is hardly any form of poverty. There is barely anybody at the park and there are many cars on the road. We have about like 6 malls to go to.

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For this project I jumped from idea to idea due to annoying weather issues and the lack of a working camera with manual focus.  However, I finally got a chance to commit to my original idea.  During my train ride to school I often notice a lot of interesting things while glaring out the window.  What I decided to do was to take a picture of each thing that caught my eye near each train station on the way to the school.  In each picture I have incorporated the distinct LIRR sign for every area.  All of the photos with the exception of the last one are actually made up of two different pictures – one with the LIRR sign and one with the interesting scenery.  My personal favorite is the Brentwood photo which shows part of an abandon parking lot that was converted into a small skateboarding area by some teenagers.

I felt that posting the pictures in a slideshow was best for their quality.  I chose not to make a video montage of the pictures with someone’s music cause I feel that it would have taken away from them.  Even though I didn’t use another reporting medium in this project, I definitely went beyond in terms of editing in Photoshop.  The pictures took hours of editing to get what I wanted and I’m pretty happy with the results.

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