Newhaven journalist honoured by NUJ for science writing

A FORMER Newhaven resident has been awarded a posthumous honour by the National Union of Journalists for science writing.

The tribute was paid to journalist Stephen White, who grew up in Brighton Road and Hillcrest Road in Newhaven, but died aged 61, in 2010.

The union gave him the Gold Badge demonstrating the high esteem he was held in by the Union and colleagues.

And the NUJ Stephen White Award for best communication of science in a non science context was launched.

The £500 prize will be awarded annually, recognising journalists who report science in a way that makes complicated scientific ideas accessible to the non-specialist audience.

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “For me Stephen epitomised the very spirit of the NUJ - a member who encouraged and inspired others - who was prepared to stick his head above the parapet to speak out in defence of others, and a professional who prized quality and ethics in journalism and proved himself a master in public relations and communication.

“His commitment and contribution he stood by and stood up for, throughout his career.”

NUJ Northern and Midlands organiser Chris Morley said: “Stephen was a member for 35 years.

“We lost a treasured colleague and we were not prepared to see the contribution of such a fine human being to the world just vanish into thin air.

“We want to remember Stephen as a person who positively touched so many lives.”

Stephen attended the Infants School in South Road, Newhaven, and Lewes Grammar School.