These awards, named in honor of the late education editor of Newsday and adjunct professor of journalism at Stony Brook, honor outstanding efforts of student journalists at Stony Brook and are presented annually to student journalists whose work demonstrates a commitment to excellence through leadership in campus journalism, outstanding work and/or impact on the Stony Brook community.
They are in memory of Martin Buskin, who taught the first journalism courses at Stony Brook, setting the stage for the Journalism Minor and by extension the Journalism Major. A Newsday editorial said of him, “Buskin’s reporting was thorough and dispassionate, but his weekly column in the Viewpoints pages left no doubt of his commitment to educational reform. His belief in the value of racial integration and the necessity for more equitable taxation remained unshaken by years of controversy. Readers will certainly miss his authoritative voice. And it’s hard for us to imagine Newsday without him.”
The overall Buskin Award comes with a $500 prize. It is open to juniors and seniors who have earned at least 57 credits and are in good academic standing. A Cub Journalist of the Year award comes with a $100 prize. Both awards are presented at the annual School of Journalism Majors’ Banquet in May. Names of the overall winners are showcased on Martin Buskin plaques next to the Newsroom.
For details and to enter, go to www.MartinBuskin.org