The Paul A. Schreiber scholarship has been established to encourage and reward outstanding student journalism and will be awarded to a student who best demonstrates the objective of the School of Journalism in his or her body of work. The overall criteria include a student journalist’s excellence in reporting, writing and multimedia; leadership; desire to pursue a career in journalism and being in good academic standing. Internship and extra curricular journalism work may be considered as part of the overall body of work. Demonstrated leadership qualities as an editor, news director or producer in terms of editorial policies, activities and impact. The scholarship winner will receive $2,500 toward tuition at Stony Brook University.
Paul Schreiber, the School of Journalism’s former Undergraduate Director, is a journalist and teacher who brought newsroom reality into the classroom. As a reporter and columnist during his 33 years at Newsday, Schreiber wrote about thousands of interesting people. As an editor at Newsday, he oversaw the work of staff and freelance journalists spread all over the world. As a long-time instructor at Stony Brook University, he helped student journalists learn how to report and write clearly and effectively.
After graduating from the University of Miami, Schreiber was hired as a reporter by the Miami Herald. Schreiber joined Newsday in 1968 as a general assignment reporter. As Newsday grew into one of the country’s biggest and best newspapers, he become a national desk reporter, copy editor, assistant national editor, night national editor, day national editor, chief of the copy desk, editorial writer, news editor and business columnist. In his last role at Newsday, Schreiber wrote more than 500 columns giving readers an inside look at people “Doing Business.”
Between 1987 and 2000, Schreiber taught Feature Writing and Magazine Writing at Stony Brook and was director of the journalism minor. In 2002, the same year he took a buyout from Newsday, the Press Club of Long Island, the local chapter of The Society of Professional Journalists, named him “Outstanding Long Island Journalist.”
He returned to Stony Brook in 2004.
He is a co-founder of the School of Journalism and co-creator of the school’s News Literacy program. In addition to being a senior administrator in the School of Journalism, Schreiber taught Journalistic Judgment and Ethics and was the principal adviser for journalism majors and minors. He played a key role in securing national accreditation for the School in 2015. Schreiber was a member of the Stony Brook University’s General Education Committee and the university’s Task Force on Assessment. In 2014, he was inducted into the Press Club of Long Island’s Journalism Hall of Fame. He retired in 2017.