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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view

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Posted by Emily Varga at 6:00PM
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Blogging exists as a form of journalism, especially when covering an event like the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival.  Yes, it is different from writing for a newspaper or broadcast television, but it is a way to provide information, news and sometimes even opinion to a large broad audience through an interesting medium.

My name is Emily Varga, I am from Piscataway, New Jersey, and I am a student journalist at Ithaca College and a newfound Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival Blogger.  I am here to provide information and insight on this year’s festival. 

Journalism acts as a fourth estate: a checks and balances of sorts in order to show the public what really happens behind the scenes.  No PR, just the truth.  Blogging for FLEFF will help to give those who have never been to this film festival, or any festival at all, an idea of how it works and what this particular festival is all about.

I am a FLEFF Blogger because I plan to immerse myself in all that this festival has to offer.  Interviewing directors, attending screenings, readings and meetings are all opportunities to better myself as a journalist, as a professional, and as a person.

My background varies as I have had experience in many different fields.  I am the Event Chair for Ithaca College's Public Relations Student Society of America.  I have worked as an intern for a State Senator in New Jersey and I am also a certified Yoga instructor. 

I am passionate about many things, but if I had to choose one, I would say I am passionate about seeking the truth.  As many journalists would agree, this is the most important aspect of our jobs. 

Being involved in FLEFF allows me to not only provide my take on the festival for others to view, but it also allows me to see how filmmakers portray the world – both through fiction and nonfiction.  This year’s theme is Landscapes, which provides an outlet for interesting displays of creativity.

Last year I took a course that allowed me to be a Junior Fellow Intern for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival.  I attended many events that the festival held to help broaden my understanding of the framework of FLEFF.  After taking this course I knew that I had to become more involved in the festival itself.

My hopes and goals are that by becoming a blogger, I will get to utilize the skills I have learned in classes like Journalism Research and Visual Journalism to better myself and help the festival flourish.  



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