Learn how to think like a reporter — conduct interviews, create informative, entertaining content and discover the unseen amid millions of people in New York City.

New York is arguably the most fascinating city on the planet; a crowded, kinetic hub of creativity and commerce. New York has been called “a world in a city,” and indeed, virtually every type of person can be found in its boroughs. This course will teach students how to capture the city’s rich fabric of people and impactful events in words, pictures and sounds.

Participants will develop basic reporting skills: interviewing anyone and anywhere, news judgment, writing compelling articles and pitching them to editors. Students will practice thinking like reporters, crafting and pitching ideas, ridding their writing of clutter, fact-checking their work and keenly observing the city.

This course is taught by a wide variety of experts who imbue the general syllabus with their own areas of journalistic and topical expertise, creating a unique learning experience for this introductory journalism course.

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 explore the city as an extension of their journalistic classroom and will learn how to conduct interviews and create content that informs and entertains.

• Students will learn how to determine what information is and is not newsworthy, gain skills to be discerning about sources and be challenged to step into the reader’s shoes.

• In addition to daily writing exercises, students will each produce at least one well-polished solo piece and contribute to a team-reported piece.

• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: Metropolitan Museum of Art, City Hall, New York City neighborhoods and art centers, Instagram and NYC cultural events. Students will also 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: Mike Winerip (former investigative reporter, editor and political correspondent, The New York Times, novelist), 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) and Ada Calhoun (Freelance Reporter and Author).

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 Term 1, 2, 3 and 4: June 7 - June 19; June 21 - July 3; July 5 - July 17; 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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