Rupert Murdoch Donates $50,000 to Stony Brook International Reporting Program

The gift will help fund the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting, named after a late foreign correspondent of News Corp.'s Sunday Times.

News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch has donated $50,000 to Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism to help fund the development of its Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting.

The donation, announced late Monday, was made through the News Corp. Foundation.

The journalism school said it will use the donation to expand the Marie Colvin Center’s overseas reporting program, dubbed Journalism Without Walls. It has already sent students to such countries as Russia, China and Cuba.

Colvin worked as a correspondent for News Corp.'s weekly The Sunday Times of London. She traveled to such conflict zones as Chechnya and the Middle East. Colvin was killed by rocket fire while on assignment in Syria in February last year.

“Marie was an outstanding foreign correspondent who risked her life to tell Sunday Times readers what was really going on in war zones across the globe,” said Murdoch. “She stood in the finest tradition of war reporters, and News Corp.’s donation will help train the next generation so they too can bear witness.”

Said Stony Brook provost Dennis Assanis: “Mr. Murdoch’s magnanimity is an investment in the future of journalism and the next generation of both, foreign and domestic journalism students educated at Stony Brook University.”

Earlier this year, CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour also donated $50,000 to the Colvin Center program.

The Center says it wants "to nurture and grow the next generation of foreign correspondents, while raising awareness for the need for international news coverage with the Marie Colvin Distinguished Lectureship Series."

Amanpour gave the inaugural lecture this February.

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