Expand your view of journalism through an investigation of non-traditional news sources and essential, yet under-represented, voices in the populace.

In this course, students will take a deep dive into reporting on minority communities and examine both the issues and sensitivities involved when covering diverse voices. Through reading work from prominent writers of diverse backgrounds and engaging in discussions with journalists involved in advancing traditionally underrepresented groups, as well as class trips to museums and newsrooms, students will gain a better sense of the challenges that these groups are facing and the role newsrooms play in illustrating these topics to the public.

Students will expand their understanding of journalism, its purpose, the communities it does or does not reflect and/or serve and the possibilities for change. At the end of their term, students will finish the class with a more accurate assessment of the world around us and feel empowered to fight injustices through media.

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 course will dive into the fundamentals of journalism and gain an understanding of both sides: those being reported about and those doing the reporting. Students will then take this approach and examine the reporting industry through the lens of diversity and inclusion.

• Students will learn about minority-led reporting across print and digital media, understand its relationship to traditional media outlets and examine the possibilities for change in the future of journalism.

• Students will hone their acquired journalistic skills through their own investigations into diversity. As part of the curriculum, students will create their own pieces, exercising creative thinking, independent judgment and creativity as a journalist.

• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: MSNCBC, Museum of Chinese in America, minority-run media outlets, a top journalism school such as the School of Journalism, Columbia University or Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and journalism funding organizations such as the Knight Foundation. Students will have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include: Richard Lui (Anchor, MSNBC), Xorje Olivares (Sirius XM), Priya Aora (Host, Queering Desi podcast) and Mallika Rao (Journalist).

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

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,225*

Residential Program: $5,825*


Term 2: June 21 - July 3

Term 3: July 5 - July 17

Location: New York City

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

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