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Taking Professional Pictures

 

Professional Photo of Spring  (Screenshot by/ Kenna Beech)

Professional Photo of Spring
(Screenshot by/ Kenna Beech)

By: Kenna Beech

Attleboro High School (AHS) journalism students lacked specific knowledge about photographing until a special assignment English and Journalism teacher Ms. Adeline Bee gave three of her editors who then designed a mini lesson.

These three advanced journalism students, Taylor McKenna, Kenna Beech, and Rose McDermott created an explanatory assignment about “How to Take Professional Photos for Your Website.”

Editors found this impractical after reading an article on a Weebly website. It’s very different from what the class had done in the past. Readers don’t always realize all of the steps that make up a professional picture.

A journalist’s goal is to stand out. Journalists want their articles read. A poor quality picture won’t capture someone’s attention. The first most important thing to keep in mind is the subject of the picture. It needs to identify the story the person is trying to tell. The caption of a photo can also play a huge part in telling what the story or article is about, or sending a message.

Secondly, depending on the object being photographed, it’s imperative that the object remain as original as possible.  If the object is 2D, depending on the time of the day and lighting, the object may appear differently.

Color in a picture can complement the idea or story. For example, diamonds are usually white and sparkle under direct light, so it would look high-quality on a black background taken with a flash.

The fourth thing to consider is the composition of a picture. This is extremely important considering it highlights the placement of the visual elements, apart from the subject of the picture.

Gesture indicates the action in a photograph. It helps tell a story, and can leave readers curious about what’s happening.

The mini lesson educated those in all three trimesters, especially Journalism I students. However, this is useful information for anyone who takes photographs.

It never crossed the mind of even the advanced editors how much really goes into a single picture. Student goals for all of their pictures are to make them professional where the identity, lighting, color, composition, and action can easily be pointed out.

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Quill and Scroll Recognition

Quill and Scroll Certificate of Membership (Picture by/ Kenna Beech)

Quill and Scroll Certificate of Membership
(Picture by/ Kenna Beech)

By: Kenna Beech

Quill and Scroll was organized on April 10, 1926 at the University of Iowa and poses as an amazing opportunity for advanced journalists at Attleboro High School (AHS). AHS is a Quill and Scroll Charter school. This gives journalism teacher Ms. Adeline Bee the authority to induct outstanding students into the Quill and Scroll Honor Society.

Quill and Scroll grants the qualifiers the acceptance and recognition as a published journalist. This membership is also recognized on the student’s diploma. During the winter, the advanced students of the class, who were deserving of the award, were made aware of the guidelines, including that the students had to be in the top third of their graduating class.

There is an application fee of $25, which gave students the chance to pick a specific position with its corresponding pin. Seniors Rose McDermott and Taylor McKenna picked “Editor in Chief” while senior Kenna Beech chose “Managing Editor.” All three advanced journalists were recognized by their extreme dedication and efforts and were awarded official Quill and Scroll gold pins with their position labels scripted on them.

The three were also awarded a certificate of membership certifying them as official members of the AHS Chapter of Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for high school journalists. They are entitled to all inherent honors, rights, benefits, and privileges of the society.

Quill and Scroll members are also granted a one-year subscription to Quill and Scroll Magazine, recognition for exemplary achievements, scholarship opportunities for members or winners of yearbook excellence or writing, photo and blog contests, which are offered annually,  along with helpful resources like instruction aides, information about scholastic media trends, and contests that offer feedback.

Quill and Scroll helps keep members updated on their Facebook page “QuillandScrollSociety,” and their twitter account “@QuillandScroll.” For more information visit their website <http://quillandscroll.org/&gt;.

Andrea Soucy Excellence in Journalism Award

Journalism Award (Photo/ Taylor McKenna)

By: Rachel Oliveira

The Andrea Soucy Excellence in Journalism award for AHS was awarded on May 15 to seniors Cameron Merritt and Giovanni Carcomo. They both talk about how they achieved this goal and their feelings about it.

 Question: How does it feel to win this award?

 Cam: I’m honored to have received this award and join the great list of names on the plaque. It really solidifies our accomplishments and gives us a chance to look up and be proud of all our work, as well as providing students in the Journalism I and II levels with something to aspire to.

 Giovanni: I was very honored to win the award mostly because it was something to get back from all the giving. I put a lot of hard work into journalism and to have a certificate made all the hard work official was excellent.

Q: Are you surprised you won this award?

Cam: Not really, to be completely honest. As the head editor, it was something I was expecting, but I knew I had to work hard to deserve the honor and finally seeing my name on the plaque felt surreal.

 Gio: No I was not surprised.

Q: How long have you been in this class?

Cam: I first took Journalism the second semester of my sophomore year (2011-12). I took Journalism II during the second trimester of last year and did Advanced Journalism all year this year.

 Gio: Since sophomore year, so three.

Q: What did you do to achieve this Award?

Cam: Being committed to the finished product, assisting others, and taking a leadership role to ensure the best for the paper as a whole were the three strong qualities worthy of my being bestowed with the honor.

Gio: Not give up, do all the work, the research, coming up with questions, finding people to interview and keeping up with the editing.

Q: Were you put into this class? If not, why did you want to take this class?

Cam: I actually chose this class originally, as Journalism is something I want to pursue as a career option.

Gio I was not. I took the class because I want to become a journalist.

Q: Was there ever a time you didn’t want to take this class? If so why?

Cam: I’d been looking forward to taking it since the end of eighth grade, when I first saw that this was a class at AHS.

 Gio: No never, because I liked the work and the teacher.

Q: Which article are you most proud of doing and why?

Cam: My article titled “Penny Problems” was probably one of my proudest accomplishments in this class. It was my sophomore year and this was my first “real” article, as in I had looked into the topic and did several interviews with teachers and students on their thoughts of the penny. It was really the first time, which I felt I was capable of writing articles at a professional level.

 Gio: This is hard, but I would have to say the Miley Cyrus one because it garnered a lot of attention.

Q: Cam, how did you come up with the ‘Eagles Eye’ Website?

Cam: The idea originally popped into my head late into sophomore year, but I had no idea where I could go with it, particularly as only a Journalism I student. I thought a little more of it during junior year, but it really started to pick up steam late last summer. I had seen another school using a more basic version of a blog for their newspaper, and noticed the success of some local sites such as Hockomock Sports. I figured that if we could have a platform online that was easier to access, we could greatly increase viewership and let more people know about us and all that we do. This, in my mind, was the best option for this class as well as the best way I could think of to leave a lasting impact on AHS.

Q: Do you want to continue going into Journalism?

Cam: I will be studying Electronic Journalism Arts at Lyndon State College starting this fall. The major covers all aspects of journalism through its variety of mediums, including television, radio, online, and online print.

Gio: Yes, I plan on taking it in college and pursing it as a career.

Q: What are you going to miss the most about this class?

Cam: It’s a little strange to think it’s all over now. I wanted to be the Head Editor of this publication since I first entered this building, and now it’s time to hand that off to someone else. I’ll miss our core of editors that I’ve been with all year, some even longer, as well as Ms. Bee. However, I know the Eagle’s Eye is in good hands with the Class of 2015 and I expect them to do what they feel best and continue to build off the ground work we’ve made so far.

Gio: The people I really enjoyed the journalism girls (as I like to call them). I would have stayed if it was a real job. Ms. Bee can teach a person a lot but what I miss most are the memories.

Merritt will be attending Lyndon State College in the fall majoring in Electronic Journalism Arts. Carcamo will be at Bristol Community College also in the fall.

Awards Night

Andrea Soucy Excellence in Journalism Award. (Photo/Taylor McKenna)

Andrea Soucy Excellence in Journalism Award. (Photo/Taylor McKenna)

By: Taylor McKenna

Awards night at AHS was held on May 15 in the Bray Auditorium. The awards were presented to students who have reached achievements throughout the years. Awards ranged from standard academic achievements in subjects like math and science, and broadened to more specific curriculums such as computer science and journalism.

Two students in the drama program, Kaitlyn Jumpe and Mike Pratt won the “Leading Lady” and “Leading Man” awards for their dedication to the AHS drama program.

Many were also recognized for their work in the athletics department, receiving the Blue Pride Athletic Achievement. These students were Brianna LaPlume, Alanis Tirabassi, Shannon Ryder, Alexa Harvey, Keely Viau, Tommy Burns, Elliot Kelly, Eoin Grimes, Max Lancaster, and Travis Tanguay. The other athletic achievement, which was received by two students, Beth Clifton and Tim Walsh, was the Howard O’Hare Sportsmanship Award. Benjamin Wagner received the US Army Reserve Scholar/Athlete Award.

David Thatcher Jr. and Mathew Hodges were awarded the James F. Hall Award for their extensive work in Mr. Allen Makepeace’s multimedia classes.

Three different awards were given to students for musical achievements. Alyssa Germaine won the National School Chorus Award, Jasmine Dumornay won the John Philip Sousa Band Award, and Erynne Arvisais won the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award.

The academic awards include “Excellence in English” I, II, II, and IV. Freshmen winners were Casey Cross and Maeve McDonagh. Sophomores were Lindsey Decker, Keegan Douglas, Sarah Manlove, and Samuel Seybert. Juniors were Benjamin Chomyszak, Ashley Dagget and Charisa Ebert. Seniors were Diana Sar, Elliot Kelly, Jamie Johnson, Allison Camera, and Sara Pariseau. Anthony Pasquale and Emily Brunelli won the more specific “Excellence in Creative Writing” Award.

“I was really surprised because I consider myself to be just average when it comes to English. I was expecting one of my friends to get it, not me,” said Ebert.

The mathematics award was received by Max Lancaster, Brandon Clark, Elizabeth Clifton, and Benjamin Akers. Science awards were won by Donald Shultz, Clark, Clifton, and Lancaster.

History awards varied from Excellence in World History II, to the 4 Year Excellence Award. Winners of these awards included Sarah Deyo, Bradlyn McEttrick, Keegan Douglas, Nathan Tellier, Wil McKenzie, Stephen Timas, Marc DaCosta, Anthony Viera, Sarah Manlove, Sarah Nordberg, Sarah Williams, Scott Friedlander, Travis Tanguay, and Harry Walsh.

Lancaster was awarded the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution award for his hard work throughout his years at AHS.

The National Honor Society for languages gave awards to Danielle Abate, Kerri Beland, Maxwell Bohannon, Anthony Bollino, Emily Brunelli, John Burns, Shana Candelet, Benjamin Chomyszak, Jacob Clark, Elizabeth Farland, Emily Farmer, Elizabeth Gulino, Aaron Jackson, Jordan Larson, James Lieberman, Jake Mocker, Prachi Patel, Laura Shedd, Najaie Silva, Adriana Solari, Brianna St. Don, Madison Turner, Sarah Nordberg, Stephen Timas, and Wagner.

The awards for scientific achievements were awarded to Shultz, Clark, Clifton, and Lancaster.

CTE awards went to Matthew Bray, Austin Gennant, Nathan Childs, Cameron Richard, Timothy Bement, Dannell Simpson, Harshavardan Ogoti, Kevin Markham, Cameron Farrell, Brian Lussier, Luis Pereira, Jonathan Marsten, and Anthony Viera.

Book awards were also given to the following students; Sabilla, Clifton, Shultz, Williams, Patel, Meredith Alfred, Nathan Gale, Kimberly Runey, Stephen Deyo, Eric Barrese, Nick Catenacci, Briana St. Don, Jessica Nguyen, Danielle Levine, and Hannah Root.

“I was only expecting to win the award for girls state, so I was very surprised and excited to have won the second award,” said Sabilla.

The Andrea Soucy Excellence in Journalism Award went to seniors Giovanni Carcamo and Cameron Merritt, who also won The Massachusetts Secondary School Administrator’s Student Achievement Award.

Experiential Learning Program Volunteers of the Year were Hunter Wain and Charlotte Kerwin. “I was surprised that I won this award. Working with Ms. Richard started as a grade. Then I continued voluntarily working on the yearbook but I did not expect to win an award,” said Wain.

The Harf Jones Award went to Carlee Russell. The National Merit Scholarship Program Letter of Commendation went to Akers, Clifton and Lancaster.

The following seniors graduated after completing their high school career with the Honors Program curriculum: Akers, Lancaster, Clark, Clifton, Amanda Alfani, Allison Cameron, Lindsey Campion, Timothy Cao, Sarah Coakley, Alysha Cummings, Scott Friedlander, Karissa Hand, Sakada Heng, Maddie Jacobi, Jamie Johnson, Elliot Kelly, Charlotte Kerwin, Olivia Mayer, Miranda McGowan, Avi Nereberg, Jess Nguyen, Sara Pariseau, Olivia Smith, Hannah Smith, Matthew Solarczyk, and Harry Walsh.

The class of 2014 valedictorian and salutatorian were Clark and Clifton.

COLLEGE REVIEW: Lyndon State College

A wall in front of one of the main buildings at Lyndon State College. (Photo/Cameron Merritt)

A wall in front of one of the main buildings at Lyndon State College. (Photo/Cameron Merritt)

By: Cameron Merritt

Lyndon State College is a public college in Lyndonville, Vt., located in the state’s Northeast Kingdom region. One of five Vermont State Colleges, Lyndon has a student body of a little less than 1,600. The campus sits on a hill overlooking the town, with views of nearby mountains.

The average annual cost for out-of-state students is around $29,106, however, as a member of the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), the college is able to offer $6,000 tuition discounts to New England students majoring in certain programs not available in their home state. For Mass. students, the NEBHE eligible majors are Atmospheric Science/Meteorology, Electronic Journalism Arts, Mountain Recreation Management, Music Business and Industry, and Sustainability Studies. According to their website, about 89 percent of the student body receives some form of student aide.

The Electronic Journalism Arts (EJA) program is nationally-renowned, having been named to NewsPro’s Top 10 Journalism Schools in the Country list in their Dec. 2013 issue, alongside such major journalism schools as Syracuse and Northwestern. Lyndon runs its own nightly news broadcast for the surrounding area called News7, completely operated and produced by EJA students in the school’s television studio, as well as a news website called NewsLinc.

“ [What’s made the EJA program such a success] is the fact that the students here have to produce real news content on a daily basis and that that type of demand focuses their attention, hones their skills, and gives them the real world experience that they need when they graduate,” said Professor Tim Lewis, adding, “so when they land in whatever newsroom they’ve landed in, they’ve already been doing [their job] for a while and that has made all the difference in the various places that have hired our students.”

The Atmospheric Science/Meteorology major is another popular option at Lyndon, training students for weather forecasting both behind the scenes, such as for the National Weather Service, and on camera, with an alumni list that includes the The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore, NECN’s Tim Kelley and WCVB’s Cindy Fitzgibbon. The students make their own forecasts and deploy a daily weather balloon from the school’s weather Observation Deck, open to all students at any time.

The school offers some Vermont-unique programs such as Mountain Recreation Management, which teaches students the ins and outs of working for and running ski resorts and other outdoor activity centers, many of which are located nearby or over the border in New Hampshire. The Music Business and Industry major gives students the opportunity to experience the ins and outs of the music industry, including running the school’s full-fledged recording studio, where all interested students use the facilities to record their musical talent.

While not a part of the NEBHE program, another popular degree program is Exercise Science, which trains students in the fields of personal, physical and athletic training. Students’ gain work experience in the area of personal training by working with students and staff, who can sign up for free, on scheduled exercise regiments like they’d experience in the real world. The school has a popular Education degree program, with a 2012 graduate survey by the school reporting a 100 percent job placement rate in the major.

Students who come from outside the Lyndon area must live on campus for their freshman and sophomore years but freshmen are allowed to have cars on campus. Parking for all students living on campus is free. It is a “wet campus,” with students over the age of 21 legally allowed to have alcohol, while underage drinking is strictly prohibited. The school has a one-week break every six weeks, in Oct., Feb. and April, as well as the standard winter break.

Admission is rolling, starting in Sept. and continues into May for the upcoming fall semester. Every Sept., prospective students can learn more about the school at their website, www.lyndonstate.edu.

 

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Wonders of Wattpad

The home page of Wattpad. (Photo/Kylie Levine)

The home page of Wattpad. (Photo/Kylie Levine)

By: Kylie Levine

Wattpad is an app/website suitable for various ages though it is most popular among teens. This is an app where aspiring journalists/novelists may go to post eBooks, poems, or short stories they have written and receive critiques by peers.

There is also an edit button so authors can fix their own grammatical mistakes or other errors, even after the piece is posted. Within the app there are many categories of different genres like romance, horror and fantasy.

Readers may also search any title that appeals to them. Though the foundation of this app is unpublished authors’ work, there are some published books uploaded along with some spoofs of well-known books like The Hunger Games, Teen Wolf and Percy Jackson.

A news feed allows the user to go see what books are recommended based on how many people have read and voted for them.

After signing into the app, check out the tab labeled “My Library.” This is where all the books a user may have saved are held so they can easily pick which book to read whenever desired, which makes it a very convenient feature.

On the website, the library tab is located under the user’s own personal tab that is labeled with the user’s name at the top right corner of the page. Also on the website there is a “Community” tab with sub titles labeled “Blog, Clubs, Awards, and Wattpad life.”

Within both the website and the app there’s an option for users to submit their pieces to the Watty Awards, which is a competition with other writers around the world. Two winners are chosen in each of twenty seven categories. One is named “Popular” and the other “On the Rise.”

All winners in the Original Fiction category receive a $200 cash prize. Additionally, one finalist in the Original Fiction category wins the chance to work with a Sourcebooks editor to develop his or her work for possible publication.

Everything on the app, whether it’s reading or publishing a book, is free. It can be downloaded for free at the Apple app store, Google play store for Android users, Blackberry app world, or the Kindle Fire app store.

Q&A with Teen Author Andrew Goldstein

Goldstein picture

Andrew Goldstein, author of The Football Volumes and Growing Up Green. (Courtesy of Andrew Goldstein)

By: Cameron Merritt

At only 17 years old, Cranbury, NJ native Andrew Goldstein has done what many other aspiring writers his age (and older) can only dream of. The Princeton High School senior already has published a book, 2013’s The Football Volumes, which he wrote while balancing classes and the daily life of a high schooler. He even has a second one on the way.

A former SI Kids Kid Reporter, the young sports journalist already has a long list of credentials, one which few others at this stage can boast. He gave an interview to the Eagle’s Eye to talk about the writing and publishing process, how’s he’s come to where he is, and his best advice for other aspiring young authors.  

QUESTION: In The Football Volumes, you said that it was your grandparents who first got you into football. Who or what first got you into writing, and more specifically, sports writing?

ANSWER: I started by reading [sportswriter] Rick Reilly in fourth and fifth grade, gradually transitioning to Bill Simmons as I got older. They were really the first ones who showed me how much fun writing could be; that it didn’t have to be boring. So I tried writing like they did, liked it, and eventually struck out on my own with the book.

Q: Before you began writing The Football Volumes, had you ever thought of writing a book before? If so, how did what you thought compare with the reality of it?

A: The Football Volumes was the first time I even thought about writing a book. It was about as difficult as I expected to be, although I think that I overestimated how well the concept of the first book would hold up.

Q: What are some of the most difficult things about writing a book while in high school? What are some of the most rewarding?

A: Balancing the workload was definitely the most difficult. If I didn’t feel like writing that day, too bad, I made myself do it. If I just finished my homework at 10 at night and wanted to go to sleep, the book still needed to be done. And since no teacher assigned me to write this book, the prospect of just saying “to hell with this thing” and quitting was constantly an option. Warding that off month after month was definitely challenging.

As for the rewards, this book reassured me that I was on the right career path. I wouldn’t put this much time and effort into something that I didn’t love, and I re-discovered my love for football through writing this book. It also taught me how to manage big projects effectively by breaking them up into smaller goals.

Q: How did you first discover your publisher, KidPub? How helpful have they been in the often difficult publishing process?

A: I just did a web search for publishers, and KidPub came up as a publisher that would take what I had and publish it quickly. I think I really undervalued the importance of choosing a good publisher; I just wanted the thing out as quickly as possible.

They were not very helpful at all in the publishing process. The guy didn’t return my emails for weeks on end, promised marketing support that he never delivered on, and generally left me out of the loop in the process. It was only after I threatened to go to another publisher that he responded to my emails. However, it was a good learning experience. I learned that being meek doesn’t get you anywhere. It taught me that sometimes, if I really wanted something, I would have to make a little bit of noise for it.

Q: How far through the writing process did they finally answer you back and agree to publish?

A: They agreed to publish from the beginning, but they don’t reject anybody. For a fixed price, they will publish anything.

Q: Does having a publishing deal early on make writing easier or put more pressure on you as a writer?

A: It makes writing easier. I don’t like to worry about anything during the creative process other than the creative process. Having a plan in place takes an extraordinary amount of pressure off.

Q: How did you feel the first time you saw a copy of The Football Volumes in print?

A: It was unbelievable. I looked at it for over a minute; just sat on the chair and stared at the cover. It was more shock than anything else. I knew that I wrote it, obviously, but actually seeing it… you never really get over that feeling. Maybe I will someday, but every time I see it I still feel like I did the first time I saw it. My brain just shuts off for a split second.

Q: Now you’ve been working on a second book. Could you tell us a little about that?

A: I actually finished writing the second book; it’s off at the publisher’s and due out sometime in Quarter 2 of 2014. The second book is called Growing Up Green; Living, Dying, and Dying Again as a Fan of the New York Jets. It’s about my personal journey as a Jets fan from age five to where I am now. Through telling my own story, I try to explain the psychology and emotions behind being a sports fan. It’s autobiographical, but I think there’s a part of every sports fan in this book. Plus, I think the concept will hold up a heck of a lot better this time than it did the last time.

I’d also like to mention how much of a pleasure my new publisher, AuthorHouse, has been to work with so far. They’ve been accommodating, extremely friendly, quick to respond to any of my questions, and generally pleasant to work with. Way better than my previous experience.

Q: How soon after finishing The Football Volumes did you start the process of writing Growing Up Green?

A: About three months after. I truly wasn’t planning on writing another one, but the idea just kind of hit me when I was trying to fall asleep at SBC [Sports Broadcasting Camp]. After doing some pre-writing at three in the morning, I slept and forgot about it for a few days. But after that, I took another look at the premise and my life before deciding to do it. The decision essentially boiled down to “I have a good idea that I’m at the right place in my life to write about, and it’s the last year where I can for sure carve out enough free time to do something like this.” When I put it to myself that way, saying “Screw it, I’m doing this” became the only real option.

Q: How do the styles of The Football Volumes and Growing Up Green compare?

A: The Football Volumes was easier to write, just because it was a more familiar style. Watch something on TV, write about it, make a couple of snarky jokes, and I had an entry for the book. Growing Up Green, I think, is a more intelligent piece of writing, just because of what was required to write it. I had to look inwardly instead of outwardly, really challenge myself to come up with interesting things to say about memories which I hadn’t accessed for a long time.  There’s still humor and sarcasm and blatant bias and all the stuff that was in Football Volumes, but it’s a little bit more covert and done in a smarter way, or at least I’d like to think so. Plus, I already had one book under my belt when I started writing Growing Up Green, so I think it’s going to be a bit more polished purely by virtue of experience. No different than playing a sport or learning an instrument in that respect.

Q: What would you recommend more casual fans do if they wanted to expand their football knowledge?

A: I think that one of the places where I went wrong in The Football Volumes is that I made it very inaccessible to casual fans and non-fans. I think that definitely turned some people off. Growing Up Green will be, without a doubt, accessible even to non-fans because, while the topic is football, the themes of hope, despair, blind devotion, and everything else that goes along with being a fan are universals. I’ve learned a lot from The Football Volumes‘ failure to reach non-fans, and I’ve used what I learned to make Growing Up Green a more accessible book.

Q: What are some of the most important lessons you took from writing your first book that you applied to your second?

A: Some of the most important lessons include:

  • Don’t assume everybody has baseline knowledge of the subject matter.
  • Never be afraid to take risks like using humor, rhetorical questions, etc. Even something as simple as italics differentiates your writing from the next guy’s.
  • Your writing is never nearly as bad as you think it is, but it’s never as good either.
  • All of the best writing in the world doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t have a concept that’s going to be just as engaging after a year as it was on release. The writing style makes the reader stay, but the concept gets them interested.
  • Prioritize having a cordial relationship with your publisher and market aggressively. Don’t just assume people are going to buy your book just because you wrote one.
  • There are millions, if not billions of other books out there. You have to be able to say, in a few sentences and/or under twenty seconds, why your book is different from all the others.

Q: You’ve been attending Play by Play Sports Broadcasting Camps since 2007, and this summer will be your final year. How have your experiences there helped you grow and develop as a sports journalist and what kind of affect have they had on you overall?

A: I don’t even know where to start on this one. Like I’ve always said, SBC has been the best week of my year for what will soon be nine years. I remember that at age nine, when everybody else wanted to be Superman or the president or part of N’SYNC, I wanted to be a sportscaster. That was just such a weird thing to carry around with you because nobody else wanted to do that. SBC showed me that there are people who knew exactly who Mel Allen was, people who loved sports as much as I did, people who got it. I’ve made some of the best friends I’m ever going to make at that place and I’ve had so much fun there that it’s unbelievable. Just talking into the microphone attached to the VCRs or computers playing SportsCenter Top 10 re-runs and competing in the PTI tournament just reaffirmed the notion that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I’m going to miss the hell out of that place after this summer, and hopefully I can come back one day and be a speaker.

Q: What’s kept you coming back to the Bay State, and the New Jersey camp all these years?

A: The thing that’s really kept me coming back- not just to Boston, but to New Jersey as well- has been the people. When you find a person or a group of people who truly get you, you know it instantly. That describes most of the people at SBC. They still get excited when Jeremy [Treatman, the camp’s founder] shows the One Shining Moment Kobe [Bryant] video, just like I do after all these years. They’re the only people I know for whom sports carries the same amount of disproportionate importance in life as they do for me. That’s what keeps me coming back every year: the people, the broadcasting, and the memories.

Q: Finally, what advice what you give to any other young prospective authors out there?

A: Go for it. Go. For. It. Believe in yourself, never stop improving, and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. When I published The Football Volumes, I thought it was the best thing I could possibly write. Now, I read it and I think, “Wait a second, was this really the best I could do? This is it?” And I’ll probably feel that way about this upcoming book before long. I mention this because so many people are discouraged from writing because of self-doubt. I’ve found that not only will you end up being overly critical of what you wrote, but it’s that criticism that pushes you to go for it even more, to try new things and write in different ways. Really, I’d advise them to just write something, make it the best it can be, don’t be someone you’re not, and keep taking chances.

Goldstein’s Growing Up Green is set to be released in the spring and will be available online at bookstore.authorhouse.com for a price yet to be determined and The Football Volumes can be purchased for $14.95 at KidPub’s website or on Amazon.