David Nyhan

Nyhan Award

The David Nyhan Student Journalism Award

The Center on Media and Society established the David Nyhan Student Journalism Award in 2005 to honor political columnist David Nyhan. The award recognizes a student or students each year who display the skills, tenacity, ethics and temperament to serve the public well as a journalist. It rewards character as well as talent, potential as well as performance to date. Students who win this award are expected to work ethically and energetically, with persistence but also with generosity to others.

David Nyhan was a newspaperman in Boston for more than 30 years. Beyond being a respected writer, he was a beloved man who connected with people from all walks of life. He was loved for his honesty, humor, fairness, kindness and strength.

David Nyhan helped to found the Center on Media and Society at UMass Boston shortly before his untimely death in January 2005. To honor David Nyhan and his principles, the center created an award for students at UMass Boston and UMass Amherst who are interested in going into journalism.

The annual award consists of a cash prize and a certificate. The award is funded by voluntary donations and a fundraising party at the UMass Club in downtown Boston in April 2005, spearheaded by Paul McDermott and David's son Nick Nyhan, helped to endow the award.Students are selected by a committee appointed by the Center on Media and Society at UMass Boston. The first award was given in the spring of 2005.

Nominate a student for the Nyhan Award

Send your nominations to Matt Davis

Center on Media and Society

Wheatley Hall, 5th Floor, Room 86
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125 USA