The New York Times Student Journalism Institute

The New York Times Student Journalism Institute The Institute selects 24 student journalists from across the country to report, photograph, edit and design for two weeks under the leadership of staff from The New York Times, The Boston Globe and the host universities. http://www.nytimes-institute.com/
The Institute is held in the last two weeks in May. Student members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and student members of the National Association of Black Journalists or students at historically black colleges and universities may attend.

Each year, two dozen students work as reporters, editors, photographers, video journalists, web producers and coders under the direction of journalists from The New York Times. Students learn from top professionals how to produce a variety of stories, from breaking news to long-form journalism to quirky features to analytical pieces. There is no cost to participants. All student expenses, including transportation, are paid by the Institute. Learn more about the program and apply online at http://bit.ly/1KQaWoH.

Mission: To enhance the education and training of early-career journalists by bringing together top college students with writers, editors, designers and photographers from The New York Times to cover news in New York City.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demonstrated that the move from activism to politics was possible. Chivona Newsome shows just h...
06/07/2019
Open Seat in South Bronx Attracts Newcomer Advocate | The New York Times Student Journalism Institute

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demonstrated that the move from activism to politics was possible. Chivona Newsome shows just how difficult that path is, especially in a 2020 primary race flooded with candidates.

Chivona Newsome, a newcomer to politics, is running for Congress in her South Bronx district. But she’s not the only one. In one of the poorest congressional districts in the nation, the race for the 2020 Democratic primary is already crowded.

The fate of the decades-old elementary school with fewer than 100 students was anything but certain until this spring. A...
06/06/2019

The fate of the decades-old elementary school with fewer than 100 students was anything but certain until this spring. After the city moved to shut it down, parents stood up to defend it, and won.

Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a plan almost a year ago to eliminate the SHSAT over a three-year period. But one educatio...
06/06/2019
Student Leaders Fight to be Heard in New York City’s School Segregation Debate | The New York Times Student Journalism Institute

Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a plan almost a year ago to eliminate the SHSAT over a three-year period. But one education activist said removing the test is only one part of integrating public schools. “De Blasio wants to change the windshield wipers and we need a new car,” he said.

Student leaders at Teens Take Charge, a student-led education equity advocacy group reflect on how the Specialized High School Admissions Test shaped their involvement in the student group. The group says abolishing the test is just one piece of solving the school segregation debate.

06/05/2019
Staying True to Shakespeare With an All-Black Comedy Set in Atlanta | The New York Times Student Journalism Institute

A modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” — with an all-black cast set in Atlanta — is playing at Shakespeare in the Park.

The Tony-award winning director Kenny Leon adapted the Shakespeare comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” with an all-black cast and a modern setting for a production in Central Park. The director’s partner in reimagining the play was a Columbia professor who “eats and sleeps and drinks Shakespeare...

Our reporters should be incredibly proud of the work they produced during their time at the institute 🗞 We’ll conti...
06/04/2019

Our reporters should be incredibly proud of the work they produced during their time at the institute 🗞 We’ll continue sharing their pieces in the coming days. We hope you enjoyed meeting our class of 2019!

Thank you to Sarah for fearlessly tackling being the only student on the design team, a major accomplishment 📰 Next u...
06/04/2019

Thank you to Sarah for fearlessly tackling being the only student on the design team, a major accomplishment 📰 Next up, our reporters!

Good things come in threes - meet our impeccable team of copy editors! Congratulations to Drew, who was awarded with the...
06/04/2019

Good things come in threes - meet our impeccable team of copy editors! Congratulations to Drew, who was awarded with the Mando Montaño Scholarship 🏆 Next up, we’ll introduce you to our one and only designer!

Introducing the Class of 2019! To start off, our visual team 📸🎥  Stay tuned for the rest of this year’s cohort, ...
06/04/2019

Introducing the Class of 2019! To start off, our visual team 📸🎥 Stay tuned for the rest of this year’s cohort, up next our copy editors!

Two female-owned barbershops fight to undo toxic masculinity and misogyny by serving clientele who are as diverse as the...
06/04/2019
Female-Owned Barbershops Undo Toxic Masculinity One Cut at a Time | The New York Times Student Journalism Institute

Two female-owned barbershops fight to undo toxic masculinity and misogyny by serving clientele who are as diverse as the shops are inclusive.

Traditional barbershops can be the ultimate boys’ club, fostering a mentality that can enable misogyny and cultivate toxic masculinity. Two female-owned barbershops, Ztylez Studio and Camera Ready Kutz, Inc., fight those stereotypes by creating an inclusive, safe space for their diverse clientele.

Almost 68% of people released from prison are re-arrested within three years, according to the Justice Department. With ...
06/03/2019
Turning It Around: One Organization’s Mission to Support Women After Prison | The New York Times Student Journalism Institute

Almost 68% of people released from prison are re-arrested within three years, according to the Justice Department. With the help of a New York nonprofit, that number drops to 3%.

Naquasia Pollard was only 19 when she was arrested. While serving a 15-year sentence, she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. College and Community Fellowship, a nonprofit that helps women with criminal justice histories, is guiding her to a master’s degree.

Three members of New York’s emerging hip-hop scene are heavily inspired by the city’s rap greats, but are paving the...
06/03/2019
A New Generation Seeks to Reinvent Rap in Its Birthplace | The New York Times Student Journalism Institute

Three members of New York’s emerging hip-hop scene are heavily inspired by the city’s rap greats, but are paving their own way to uphold New York’s traditional, lyric-centric style, but at the same time, re-create and update it. “You have those that are moving the needle. You have to let New York redefine itself,” said DJ S. WHiT, a Queens native.

Three members of New York’s hip-hop scene, two artists and a DJ, explore incorporating different influences into their craft, while also hoping to regain New York rap’s relevance in popular music. To create a new “New York sound,” they draw on deep connections from their lives, surroundings ...

With more Americans working as freelancers, New York City has stepped in and offered legal protections, career tools and...
06/03/2019

With more Americans working as freelancers, New York City has stepped in and offered legal protections, career tools and services in the five boroughs.

A new Yemeni-American political consulting firm in New York is vetting mayoral candidates. “Our mission is very clear,...
06/03/2019
Yemeni-American Women Start Political Consulting Firm in New York | The New York Times Student Journalism Institute

A new Yemeni-American political consulting firm in New York is vetting mayoral candidates. “Our mission is very clear, we will only work with politicians that are committed to our people,” one of the co-founders said.

A pair of New York City-based Yemeni-American women have formed a political consulting firm called Arab Women’s Voices as a means of generating employment and encouraging dialogue between government officials and the Arab and Arab-American community.

The Bronx has a population of more than 1.4 million; only Staten Island is less populous. Still, the Bronx housing court...
06/03/2019
If You Can Avoid It, Stay Out of the Bronx Housing Court System | The New York Times Student Journalism Institute

The Bronx has a population of more than 1.4 million; only Staten Island is less populous. Still, the Bronx housing court is the busiest.

Though the Bronx is not the most populous borough, its housing court is the busiest. Many residents face years of uphill battles. For those with the will to fight, there’s just waiting and isolation, but those without the will simply give up.

“I may not be the greatest writer in the world, but I know a lot about immigration,” said an immigration lawyer and ...
06/03/2019
The Dear Abby of Immigration Law | The New York Times Student Journalism Institute

“I may not be the greatest writer in the world, but I know a lot about immigration,” said an immigration lawyer and law professor, who simplifies complex immigration policies in a syndicated column in Spanish and English.

Advice columns have been a staple of American society for decades, dispensing advice about careers, health and relationships. Those seeking words of wisdom about immigration have turned to a New York City-based columnist.

Over the years, thousands of migrants disappear during attempts to cross risky terrain on the United States-Mexico borde...
06/03/2019
Families of Missing Migrants Find Few Answers, Only Anguish | The New York Times Student Journalism Institute

Over the years, thousands of migrants disappear during attempts to cross risky terrain on the United States-Mexico border. Their families wait for answers behind their disappearances — answers that will likely never come.

Thousands of migrants have vanished near the United States-Mexico border, leaving their families to wrestle with stalled investigations and attempts at extortion. Experts warn that people trying to enter the country could lead to more disappearances.

06/03/2019
Remembering Those Who Died or Disappeared

A vigil for Ecuadorian migrants who went missing while trying to cross the U.S. Mexico border was held in Queens on May 26. As illegal border crossings increase, there are fears that the number of missing migrants may also rise. Search efforts by relatives seldom lead to answers about how a loved one disappeared or died. Video by Gabriella N. Báez/NYT Institute More: http://bit.ly/2WAKa44

The New York Times Student Journalism Institute's cover photo
06/02/2019

The New York Times Student Journalism Institute's cover photo

The coming of age for one migrant teenager resettled in New York City has required him to take on father-like responsibi...
06/02/2019
Far From Home, a Young Migrant Helps His Little Brother Settle In to a New Life | The New York Times Student Journalism Institute

The coming of age for one migrant teenager resettled in New York City has required him to take on father-like responsibilities a year after his family was separated at the border. Photos and story by Lynda M. Gonzalez

Yordy, 16, was thrust into adulthood after migrating from Guatemala. He was separated from his mother, and his 6-year-old brother became his responsibility. Still, he’s just a teenager, his cellphone always in his hand.

A delivery worker on an illegal e-bike gets fined, then gets the bike back. But if e-bikes are illegal, why are they giv...
06/02/2019
Your Food Deliverer Pays Most of Those E-Bike Fines | The New York Times Student Journalism Institute

A delivery worker on an illegal e-bike gets fined, then gets the bike back. But if e-bikes are illegal, why are they given back? Many delivery workers question this.

New York’s delivery workers are often required by their employers to use illegal e-bikes for their jobs — and they’re paying the price. The police can confiscate their bikes and issue fines of up to $500, leaving them with no way to make money.

06/01/2019
Programs for English Literacy Face Cuts

One-third of adult New Yorkers, some 2.2 million people, lack English proficiency or an equivalent high school diploma, which prevents them from reaching their full economic contributions. Advocates say ESL programs must remain fully funded. Video by Keren Carrion/NYT Institute http://bit.ly/2wwDzJz

During #Ramadan, students stay up late for prayers and wake up early for school. It can be tiring. “There's an Islamic...
05/31/2019
For Muslim Students, an Early Ramadan Means Fasting During Exams | The New York Times Student Journalism Institute

During #Ramadan, students stay up late for prayers and wake up early for school. It can be tiring. “There's an Islamic principle that says that the greater the hardship, the greater the reward will be with Allah,” said Riad Ghali, imam of a Bay Ridge Islamic Center.

For the next 20 years, because of the calendar, Muslim students across high school and college campuses are going to have to balance fasting for Ramadan and the rigor of the academic year. Fortunately, their schools know how to accommodate them.

New York Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz was a Dreamer, brought to the United States from Colombia by her mother. After year...
05/31/2019
Catalina Cruz Was a Dreamer. Now She’s Making Laws. | The New York Times Student Journalism Institute

New York Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz was a Dreamer, brought to the United States from Colombia by her mother. After years of being undocumented, she became a citizen, finished law school and was elected to the New York Assembly. She considers herself a public servant, not a politician.

Catalina Cruz, who represents the 39th District in Queens, is trying to help immigrants because she knows the path they walk. But she doesn’t want to be known only for the issue of immigration.

05/31/2019
NYTSJI Class of 2019

The Institute is all about quality journalism, sharpening young careers and building relationships, which often turn into friendships. Video by Kirsti Itämeri http://bit.ly/2QFQlih

The 2019 class of NYTSJI at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
05/28/2019

The 2019 class of NYTSJI at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Meet Pharaoh, who was waiting for his owner, Zeph Farmby, 40, in Dumbo on a rainy Wednesday. Lynda M. Gonzalez/NYT Insti...
05/24/2019

Meet Pharaoh, who was waiting for his owner, Zeph Farmby, 40, in Dumbo on a rainy Wednesday. Lynda M. Gonzalez/NYT Institute

05/23/2019
In the field

We followed Gabriella N. Báez, a photojournalist, and Laura Zornosa, a reporter, at a #StopTheBans rally for abortion rights in New York City. Video by Lulu Orozco

Ice cream anyone? Photo by Ivan Armando Flores/NYT Institute
05/23/2019

Ice cream anyone? Photo by Ivan Armando Flores/NYT Institute

Ángel Franco is back, mentoring our visual journalists. Photos by Kirsti Itameri.
05/22/2019

Ángel Franco is back, mentoring our visual journalists. Photos by Kirsti Itameri.

Meet The New York Times Student Journalism Institute class of 2019. Photo by Ángel Franco
05/21/2019

Meet The New York Times Student Journalism Institute class of 2019. Photo by Ángel Franco

05/17/2019

The Class of 2019 is on its way to New York!

The New York Times Student Journalism Institute's cover photo
05/17/2019

The New York Times Student Journalism Institute's cover photo

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07/30/2018

The next Institute will be held from May 18 to June 2, 2019. See: nytimes-institute.com

06/26/2018
Low Income Workers Voice Frustrations with Minimum Wage Laws

Underpaid workers aim to legitimize rallying efforts and demand a higher minimum wage. New York is phasing in a $15-an-hour minimum, but many say that’s not enough.

Read the story here: http://nyc18.nytimes-institute.com/2018/06/01/low-income-workers-voice-frustrations-with-minimum-wage-laws/

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a bill phasing in a rise in the minimum wage to $15 statewide by 2020. Still, some low-income workers are not convinced that a higher…

Members of the Queens Center for Gay Seniors participate in daily activities like art and exercises, have lunch, and mos...
06/25/2018
L.G.B.T. Senior Citizens Find Safe Haven at Jackson Heights Community Center | The New York Times Student Journalism Institute

Members of the Queens Center for Gay Seniors participate in daily activities like art and exercises, have lunch, and most importantly, get to socialize with people who are also going through similar struggles. It is the only facility of its kind in Queens.

The Queens Center for Gay Seniors provides a safe haven for senior citizens who face issues of loneliness and isolation.

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