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HealthDay Scholarship for Journalism Awarded to Briana Panetta

STONY BROOK, NY, October 16, 2017 – Health news service HealthDay has awarded its annual scholarship to an undergraduate journalism at Stony Brook University.

The scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding student who is interested in a career in health or science journalism.

Briana Panetta

Scholarship recipient, Briana Panetta, was selected in May. The scholarship, which is applied toward tuition, also provides a Fall internship at HealthDay, the largest syndicator of health news in the country.

(L to R) HealthDay’s George Giokas, scholarship winner Briana Panetta, her mom, Lisa Panetta and HealthDay CEO Dan McKillen at the Journalism Scholarship Dinner

Panetta, originally from Kings Park, N.Y., has had a love of writing since she was younger, starting out as the public relations officer of her high school newspaper. She then wrote for the student online newspaper Rampage at Farmingdale State College. Last semester, she was a part of WUSB, Stony Brook University's radio station. This summer, she had the opportunity to intern for two radio stations,106.1 BLI and 102.3 WBAB. She is now a senior journalism student on the broadcast track at Stony Brook University. She aspires to be an anchor one day.

HealthDay, founded in 1998, is a leading producer and syndicator of evidence-based health news and the largest syndicator of that news to Internet sites. Its work appears on more than 5,000 websites, including WebMD, CBS News, U.S. News & World Report, and Everyday Health. George Giokas, HealthDay’s chairman and co-founder, is an instructor in the School of Journalism.

"We are pleased to support the journalism program and its students at Stony Brook University. Health and science are an integral part of today’s society and an increasingly important part of journalism and we are pleased to support the program financially as well as with a real-world internship," said HeathDay CEO Daniel McKillen.

Stony Brook's journalism students are preparing for satisfying and challenging careers. "The scholarships is a wonderful partnership that will advance two major goals," said Stony Brook Dean of the School of Journalism Howard Schneider. "It will help support and train the next generation of journalists covering health and medicine and it builds a bridge between Stony Brook and a major news outlet in an area of coverage that will be one of our distinct specialties. We are extremely appreciative and excited about the opportunity."

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