Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and editor Robert W. Greene had a last request. As his health waned, Greene hoped to complete plans for a “boot camp” for high school journalists at Stony Brook University.

“It was the last thing my father told me he desired to see come to fruition,” said Greene’s son, Robert W. Greene Jr. “To him, high school newspapers and the students working their respective ‘beats’ were not only the future of the industry but, more importantly, the safeguard to ensure the true meaning of the First Amendment’s freedom of the press.”

Greene, a pioneering investigative reporter and editor and mentor to thousands, died April 10, 2008. The 2010 Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists can be added to his legacy.

Bob Greene at his desk

Veteran newsman and Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Bob Greene at work.

The intensive, seven-day residential summer workshop took place July 25 – July 31, 2010. The free workshop introduced 18 students to basic skills in news reporting, writing, editing and using video. Students lived at the university and worked in the School of Journalism’s multimedia newsroom under the instruction of professional journalists. As a culminating activity, students produced original work across several media platforms, featured here on www.greenegazette.com.

Bob’s vision was that the best and brightest of the next generation, while still in high school, would get the opportunity to study and work with some of Long Island’s top professional journalists,” said Howard Schneider, founding dean of Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism. “I can think of no better way to honor Bob’s memory.”

The institute’s advisory board is chaired by Ron Parr, president of The Parr Organization, in addition to honorary co-chairs Robert R. Greene Jr. and Kathleen Greene.

Board members include John Adams of New York Community Bank, Councilman Robert J. Creighton of Smithtown and John Kominicki, president and publisher of Long Island Business News. Pat Dolan, of Cablevision Systems Corp., is also an advisor.

2010 Participants

2010 Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists

Participants of the 2010 Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists.

Rebecca Anzel – Hicksville High School
Celia Bever – Northport High School
Philip Brady - Ward Melville High School, East Setauket
Christopher Buckley – Sachem North High School
Caitlin Gargan – Rocky Point High School
Jonathan Glover – The Stony Brook School
Samantha Lacovara – Shoreham-Wading River
Daniel Maricondo – Division Avenue High School, Levittown
Megan Murphy – The Wheatley School, Old Westbury
Kelly Murray – East Islip High School
Alana Mutum – H. Frank Carey Jr. Sr. High School, Franklin Square
Frank Olito – Smithtown High School West
Maria Perez – Baldwin High School
Nicole Sganga – Cold Spring Harbor High School
Brittany Stapelfeld – Hauppauge High School
Jessica Suarez – Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Syosset
• Sabrina Syed – Hauppauge High School
Alexander Vasile – Chaminade High School, Mineola

About Bob Greene (1929-2008)

Robert W. Greene (1929-2008) became a visiting professor of journalism at Stony Brook University in 2006 after retiring as chairman of the Department of Journalism and Mass Media Studies at Hofstra University.

Greene, a veteran newsman, won the nation’s highest journalism awards and helped shape and define investigative journalism in America for 40 years.

Bob Woodward and Bob Greene

Bob Woodward and Bob Greene.

Greene founded the nation’s first permanent newspaper investigative team at Newsday in 1967 and led the team in 1970 and 1974 to Pulitzer Prize gold medals for public service. He retired from his post as assistant managing editor of Newsday in 1992 after 38 years with the newspaper. He was also a media consultant, educator, author, lecturer and frequent TV panelist.

He taught from 1995-2003 at Hofstra University, where he was Stessin Distinguished Professor of Journalism and chairman of the Department of Journalism and Mass Media Studies. He was named the school’s Teacher of the Year in 1998 and was chosen in 2000 by the entire Hofstra University graduating class as Millennium Teacher of The Year. He was awarded the Hofstra President’s Medal in 2002. Prior to his stint at Hofstra, Greene was an adjunct instructor of journalism at Stony Brook for ten years and coordinator of the university’s journalism minor program.

A Fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists, Greene also held—individually or as Newsday team leader—the University of Missouri Medal for Distinguished Service to American Journalism Education, three national public-service awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, two National Headliner Awards, two Front Page Awards and two Deadline Club awards. Among his many other awards are the Amos Tuck Award for Economic Reporting from Dartmouth University, the George Polk Award for suburban reporting from Long Island University, and the Peter Zenger Freedom of Information Award from the University of Arizona. He was an honorary alumnus of both the University of Maryland and Hofstra University.