Hone the critical skills that New York Times editors use to assess staff work for clarity, precision and accuracy in order to ensure the quality and impact of any piece.

In this course, students will learn how an editor approaches a submitted piece, going beyond sentence-level error and looking at the big picture around fairness, accuracy, style and organization. Understanding the legal, cultural and organizational implications of an editors’ job, students will get a behind-the-scenes look at this sometimes hectic and often exhilarating career. Simultaneously, students will grow their own technical editing skills and return home a better, more nuanced editor.

Using The New York Times as their case study, students will meet and study under the people who ensure that the integrity of the newspaper remains intact and who decide what is newsworthy and what is simply information. Students will also be introduced to the legal and ethical concerns facing editors in a 24-hour news cycle world – one which requires quick decision-making around high stakes challenges.

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 learn how to assess an article as well as how to question and coach its authors in order to get the best piece possible.

• Students will connect with professionals, meeting with the people who oversee the development and publication of accurate and newsworthy content.

• Students will edit at least one piece into a well-reported, well-written and fact-checked article in the style of The New York Times.

• This is a new course. Possible site visits include: The New York Times Morgue (Archive/Museum), Columbia Journalism School, Student Law Press Center and local news organizations. Students will also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

• This is a new course. Possible speakers include: John Darnton (Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; former Editor, The New York Times), Suzanne MacNeille (36 Hours Editor, The New York Times), Kerri MacDonald (former Social Media Photo Editor, The New York Times; Creative Producer, Instagram), Kate Taylor (Education Reporter, The New York Times) and Frank LoMonte (Executive Director, Student Law Press Center).

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

Cost and Session Information

  • PRICE $5,225* ($5,825* for residential students)
  • DATES July 19 - July 31
  • TYPE Intensive
  • 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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