Learn the building blocks of political journalism inside the United States capital, epicenter of political power and a culture all its own.

Founded specifically to be the United States’ capital, Washington DC has grown into a vibrant and cosmopolitan city in its own right. This course will teach students how to capture the city with an eye towards the 2020 election. Participants will develop basic reporting skills: interviewing anyone and 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 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, although all will help students hone their skills and visit important people and places that craft the landscape of journalism today.

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 develop news judgment and how to pitch story ideas to editors.

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

• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: the National Archives, the Capitol, the Library of Congress and local university journalism programs. Students may also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times Washington Bureau.

• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include: Zolan Kanno-Youngs (Homeland Security Reporter, The New York Times), Emily Cochrane (Congressional Reporter, The New York Times), Katie Rogers (White House Reporter, The New York Times), Tom Kaplan (Campaign Reporter, The New York Times), Olivia Nuzzi (Feature Writer, New York Magazine), Dan Zuk (Feature Writer, The Washington Post) and Michael Tackett (Associated Press).

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

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,225*

Residential Program: $5,825*


Term 1: June 7 - June 19

Term 2: June 21 - July 3

Term 4: July 19 - July 31

Location: Washington, DC

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

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