Develop critical thinking and writing skills as you delve into the stories of the city by joining this special section of Writing the Big City specifically designed for graduating seniors.

Students will develop and enhance their journalism skills, learn best practices for a changing professional environment, and use New York City as a crucible and test-case for high-level reporting and writing on some of the world’s most fascinating people, places and events. By the course’s end, students will have produced a long-form article that reflects this advanced level of achievement.

This course is based on a general syllabus and taught by a wide variety of instructors who create unique learning experiences based on their own areas of journalistic and topical expertise. In addition to learning journalism and writing fundamentals from professionals, students will work on developing strong research and critical thinking skills, such as the art of the interview, reviewing and using public records, fact-checking and getting background information from news conferences and will receive training in AP style and/or The New York Times house style. The course will also include discussion and practical activities in topics, such as news literacy, recognizing bias in reporting, professional collaboration, covering controversial topics, journalistic ethics and the business of journalism.

Site Visits:
Day trips will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited:

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Instagram Story School
  • New York City neighborhoods and art centers
  • NYC cultural events
  • Students enrolled in NYC Summer Academy will have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

Guest Speakers and Lecturers:
Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Students can expect to hear from people such as The New York Times writers and editors, as well as other industry professionals. Other speakers may include individuals connected to news stories that are being explored such as government officials and business owners. Previous speakers include:

  • Kerri MacDonald, Social Media Photo Editor, The New York Times
  • Amy Herman, Author: “The Art of Perception”
  • Frank LoMonte, Executive Director, Student Law Press Center
  • Emma Fitzsimmons, Transit Reporter, The New York Times
  • Liz Robbins, Metro Reporter, The New York Times
  • Ada Calhoun, Freelance Reporter and Author

Previous instructors for this course have included:

  • Michelle Higgins, Columnist & Contributor, The New York Times

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,150*
Residential Program: $5,750*

Dates: June 23 - July 5

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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