This scholarship was endowed in 2015 by Marcy McGinnis, an accomplished broadcast news journalist and executive and former associate dean in Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism. It is intended to support, encourage and honor an undergraduate journalism major or minor student who excels in broadcast journalism at the University, demonstrates high academic achievement and shows exceptional talent, dedication and promise.
The Marcy McGinnis Scholarship should inspire students to recognize and respect the special place broadcast writing, reporting and producing has in the work of journalism and to nurture their visual storytelling talents.
Selection will be based on a body of work that demonstrates dedication and excellence in broadcast journalism in the areas of reporting, writing, producing, shooting and editing video, and on-air performance for class and special projects. Video work produced in related on or off campus programs sponsored by the School of Journalism may be considered part of the overall body of work. Internships at broadcast news outlets and extracurricular work in the School of Journalism newsroom, studio and control room may also be considered part of the overall body of work.
Marcy McGinnis started her career at CBS News in 1970 as a secretary in the Special Events Unit and rose to fill several key executive roles, including senior vice president of news coverage from 1997-2005. In that role, McGinnis managed the network’s worldwide newsgathering and news coverage operation. She was at the helm of the network’s coverage of the attacks of September 11th, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and Hurricane Katrina.
After leaving CBS, McGinnis joined Stony Brook University in 2006 to help start the School of Journalism – the first journalism school in the State University of New York system. She established the broadcast journalism program and served as the school’s associate dean from 2007-2013.
After Stony Brook, McGinnis returned to broadcast news to help start a new cable news network, Al Jazeera America, where she serves as Senior Vice President of Newsgathering. Based in New York, she manages the network’s newsgathering and news coverage and the operation and staffing of its domestic and international bureaus.
Over the course of her career, McGinnis received numerous journalism honors including three national Emmy Awards for news coverage of Princess Diana’s death, selection to serve a three-year term as a judge for the prestigious Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Awards, and selection as a judge for the Overseas Press Club Excellence Awards and the Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarship Awards. She was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Marymount University (2005) and from Hofstra University’s School of Communication (2002). Having graduated from Marymount College of Virginia in 1970 with an associate’s degree, she was proud to earn her bachelor’s degree in History from the State University of New York in 2009.