Prepping on Long Island

Long Islanders and a participant in National Geographic Channel’s ‘Doomsday Preppers’ share their concerns about being ready for multiple kinds of emergencies. Some footage was courtesy the National Geographic Channel show, which airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Tuesdays. Videojournalist: Jessica Rotkiewicz (Dec. 14, 2012)

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Surviving Sandy

After the devastation of superstorm Sandy, we look back as Long Islanders reclaimed their lives. Newsday Staff (Nov. 10. 2012)

This was a compilation piece from several of us at Newsday. My footage is of people talking about the storm before it hit, as it was hitting and then afterwards in Babylon Village. It was one storm we will never forget.

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Crisis Response International volunteers focus efforts on Lindenhurst

Ask anyone in Lindenhurst and their number one complaints are where is FEMA, insurance companies and the help. The people of this community need help and no one is out and about to answer questions besides one volunteer group, called, Crisis Response International (CRI). Sean Malone, Crisis Response International Director, is a native Long Islander, originally of West Islip, who started this response team right after 9/11. They go to major disasters all of the world and now have come back to his home Long Island to help. Volunteers (from across the US) are trained for 3 weeks or so and come here on their own money and time to help people in crisis. After speaking to him today he will not leave the community of Lindenhurst for a good month or two. Here’s their website for more information about the group:

I found this group on my day off and knew instantly a story needed to be done.

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Behind the scenes with LI designer

Christopher Palu, from Massapequa, is a finalist on Season 10 of “Project Runway.” He talks about the support he gets from his friends and family, how exciting it is to watch the show together, and how he even gets support from A.C. Moore, an arts and crafts store in Bethpage where his mother works.

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Occupy Wall Street

Protesters talk about their commitment to the movement on the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. Videojournalist: Jessica Rotkiewicz (Sept. 17, 2012)

I tried to do something different with this video. I have seen so many protesting videos from¬†Zuccotti¬†Park, however, still wasn’t quite sure why people where still supporting this movement. I hope this video helps capture the reason why people are involved by using the notecards. What do you think?

Lastly, this video won first place in National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) September monthly video clip contest.

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High school robotics

Patchogue-Medford H.S. upperclass students on the robotics team recruit freshmen to join them in learning real-world life skills, as well as technical applications, and participating in an exciting Island-wide robotics competition.

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Dee Snider’s parents have a low key V-DAY

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