Awarded to an outstanding journalism major or minor who demonstrates critical thinking, a commitment to social justice as reflected in his/her journalistic work, and/or an ability to make complex issues accessible to all audiences.
The winner will receive $1000.
George L. DeWan was an esteemed journalist who retired from Newsday in 2001 after 44 years of reporting on poverty, minority affairs, banking, gardening and, most notably, the history series “Long Island Our Story.” He died in 2014 at age 80. He was a passionate and meticulous reporter, with a love of history and language. He wrote more than 60 stories in the 273-day Long Island history project, which ran from September 1997 to June 1998, and spawned several books, a classroom curriculum, and other media projects.