Learn essential skills in order to produce insightful, ethical reporting — conduct interviews, create informative, entertaining content and discover the unseen.

Each city and town across the world has its own compelling stories to tell. This course will teach students how to capture the city’s rich fabric of people and events in words, pictures and sounds.

Participants will develop basic reporting skills: interviewing anyone anywhere, news judgment, writing compelling articles and pitching them to editors. Students will also 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 leverage their personal areas of journalistic and topical expertise – covering social, political and personal challenges of our time – resulting in a unique learning experience for this introductory journalism course.

Virtual Site Visits

Visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Possible virtual site visits include:

• Virtual tours of world-class museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art

• Neighborhood tours of culturally significant New York neighborhoods such as Jackson Heights and Chelsea

• NYC cultural events

Speakers and Lecturers

Speakers 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

• Ada Calhoun, Freelance Reporter and Author

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.

• Leveraging expert Faculty knowledge and experience, students 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.

• Completing a full reporting cycle from idea to article, students will produce short pieces as well as at least one well-polished longer piece.


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

Cost and Session Information

PRICE $2850


Term 1: June 7 - June 18

Term 2: June 21 - July 2

Term 3: July 5 - July 16

Term 4: July 19 - July 30

Term 5: August 2 - August 13

TYPE Intensive

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

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