Delve into the opaque world of national security, exploring how journalists uncover stories about information shrouded in secrecy.

National security reporting provides information on a crucial topic that affects all levels of a country. As the world is an increasingly connected place, national security issues have also become more complex. How do journalists handle the ethical, investigative and legal challenges of uncovering stories that may take place behind closed doors?

In this course, students will explore the nation’s military, diplomatic and intelligence agencies, what they do and how The New York Times and other news organizations cover them. Topics of discussion and investigation may include: the work of the military overseas, fighting wars and combating terrorism, how C.I.A. officers spy internationally, how the National Security Agency intercepts foreign communications and how the F.B.I. tracks terrorist and cybercriminals. Throughout the term, students will examine debates over interrogation and torture, counterterrorism and detention, surveillance and privacy. Students will also learn about the challenges of reporting for the public on secret agencies.

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.

• Students will have a basic understanding of the nation’s major military and intelligence agencies.

• Students will be introduced to the important controversies and policy debates about national security.

• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: The Capitol, the Russell Senate Office Building, the Pentagon, National Cryptologic Museum, Spy Museum and New America think tank.

• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include: Jonna Mendez (former Chief of Disguise, CIA), Bill Monahan (Senior Staff Member, Senate Armed Services Committee) and Robert Johnston (former Cyber Command & Marine Corps Captain).

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*

Dates: July 5 - July 17

Location: Washington, DC

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

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