Go inside the United Nations and The New York Times to discover how journalism and the law are defining public discourse on the world stage.

Today’s society must tackle issues that require creative problem solving and systemic thinking. Using the lenses of the press, the law and the United Nations, students will examine different tools for making sense of and making an impact on the world around them – considering the strengths and the challenges of each.

Students will consider the role of journalists through the reporting of stories from one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the world and connecting the local to the global. Students will then shift to explore how the law impacts, and is impacted by, every facet of our lives, giving special consideration to some of the biggest civil rights issues of our time. Finally, students will then shift to take a focused look at the United Nations – how and why it was created and its role in today’s world.

This multidisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to sample different fields and employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. The program is geared toward students eager to discover their passions, try something new and prepare for college and life after high school. From virtual site visits to lectures by expert practitioners, this course is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies by shedding light on a diverse selection of subject material.

Course Highlights

Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

• The United Nations is one of the world’s most extraordinary institutions, tending to global political, cultural and humanitarian needs. Students will explore distinct aspects of the organization, from its place in New York’s political and cultural landscape to its global outreach. Discussions will investigate where the two concerns intersect and inform each other, culminating in a UN simulation of a world issue being considered from multiple points of view.

• Students will be introduced to the basic elements of reporting and journalism, crafting their own pieces. They will learn about the structure of the newsroom, the role of the editors, the difference between reportage and opinion writing and the myriad of factors that comprise reporting excellence. Students will also explore the role newspapers play in defining public discourse.

• The law is the foundation on which society is built – students will go behind the edifice of the courtroom to explore how law functions in the real world. Throughout the course, students will be exposed to how the law is integrated into every aspect of life in the United States. They will also identify and debate current issues, honing their critical thinking and communication skills.

• Possible virtual site visits include: United Nations Headquarters, important UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Petra in Jordan, virtual tours of world-class museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and tours of culturally significant New York neighborhoods such as Jackson Heights and Chelsea.

• Previous guest speakers include: Somini Sengupta, (Foreign Correspondent, The New York Times), Rosa Goldensohn (Reporter, The City), Legal Counsel at the Bronx Defenders, Amali Tower (Founder & Executive Director, Climate Refugees) and David Vinas (New York Advocacy Office, Save The Children).

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.

Cost and Session Information


Term 1: June 8 - June 19
Term 4: July 20 - July 31

Tuition is $2750

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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