Mission & Vision of the Marie Colvin Center

Marie Colvin in Tahir Square, Cairo, in 2011. Photo by Ivor Prickett/The Sunday Times

Stony Brook University School of Journalism established a center for international reporting in memory of acclaimed war correspondent Marie Colvin in 2013 with the support of fellow journalists, her family, and the News Corp Foundation.

The mission of the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting is to nurture and grow the next generation of overseas reporters, to raise public awareness about the need for robust international coverage, and to empower Colvin’s legacy on behalf of current and future reporters everywhere.

Three key programmatic efforts are central to the Center’s work. A scholarship and international reporting program – Journalism without Walls – helps our undergraduate students immerse themselves in an actual international experience. The annual Marie Colvin Distinguished Lecture exposes students, SBU faculty and the Long Island community to a well-known international reporter who shares their experiences and insights on reporting abroad. And, the Journalist in Residence program underwrites a sabbatical for an international journalist to complete a project, disengage from conflict zone reporting, and work with journalism students on the practical issues of international reporting.

Photo Credit: David Packard for Beyond Borders

The next few years hold great promise for the Colvin Center as it looks to expand the number of student scholarships for international reporting experiences, permanently underwrite the Journalist in Residence program and seek a new School of Journalism faculty member who can be devoted to building partnerships and growing the international reporting curriculum.

Because Marie Colvin was a Long Island native, the creation of a center for international reporting in her name has particular significance to the community here. The Covlin family continues their support of the Center through the Marie Colvin Memorial Fund currently housed at the Long Island Community Foundation.

Stony Brook University, the largest research university on Long Island, is in a unique position to build a lasting legacy in Marie Colvin’s name. It is home to the only accredited School of Journalism in New York State’s public higher education system, attracts hundreds of international students, and supports several international programs to broaden the educational experience of its undergraduates.