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 virtually every ethnic group can be found here, from Greeks to Chinese, Egyptians to Bangladeshis, Haitians to Nigerians, Mexicans to Russians. This course will teach students how to capture the city’s rich diversity 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 instructors who imbue the general syllabus with their own areas of journalistic and topical expertise. Each instructor creates a unique learning experience for this introductory journalism course.
Day trips will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
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
Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of course leaders.
Cost and Session Information
PRICE $5,150.00* ($5,750* for residential students)
DATES Term 1, 2, 3 and 4: June 9 - June 21, June 23 - July 5, July 7 - July 19, July 21 - August 2
LOCATION New York City
*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.