The David Nyhan Student Journalism Award
The David Nyhan Student Journalism Award was established in 2005 by the Center on Media and Society to honor political columnist David Nyhan. It 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. The award is funded by voluntary donations. The winners are selected by the Communication Studies Program at UMass Boston, headed by Kenneth Lachlan.
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 award honors a student each year who displays 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.
The annual award consists of a cash prize and a certificate. The award is funded by voluntary donations. 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. 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.