The New York Times Student Journalism Institute is offered once a year in May. Participants must be students (or December or May graduates) who are members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists or the National Association of Black Journalists or students (or December or May graduates) at a historically black college or university. During the program, students are working journalists supervised by reporters and editors from The New York Times. Students cover actual events in New York City. Opportunities for students include reporting, copy editing, still photography, web production, newspaper page design, video journalism and interactive graphics and data journalism.
In a supportive environment of students and staff who share the same goals, aspiring journalists are given the opportunity to learn to produce material that meets the standards of the most prestigious and demanding news organizations in the nation. In addition, the students become part of a family of 450 alumni of the Institute, many now working at major news organizations that include the Associated Press, Reuters, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The New York Times itself, as well as dozens of mid-size news organizations. The program represents one of the most effective networking opportunities available to young journalists. The program takes 24 students.
The next Institute will be held from May 19 to June 3, 2018, for student members of NABJ and NAHJ. Students who think they may have scheduling conflicts should contact the director of the Institute for information about flexible attendance arrangements.
The postmark deadline to apply to the Institute is Nov. 15.
There is no cost whatsoever to attend the Institute. Students are provided with room and board and all of their costs, including transportation to and from the Institute, are paid by The New York Times Company. One student each year will also be awarded an Armando Montaño Scholarship to help with his or her educational or professional ambitions. The scholarship honors Mando Montaño, a promising young journalist who attended the Institute in 2010 and who died at age 22 in Mexico City in 2012.
How to apply
To apply, a student must submit:
the online application form
an essay of up to 500 words on why he or she wants to be a journalist
Required work samples vary according to which specialty a student is interested in:
Reporters should send six published clips from a student or other publication or Web site of stories they have written
Copy editors should supply six stories they have edited (with headlines they have written)
Video journalists should offer a reel and/or three short documentaries and a pitch to shoot a two minute documentary on a subject in New York
Still photographers should offer an online portfolio or a link to view images (tumblr, Flickr, etc.) and a pitch to shoot a photo essay in New York
Designers should send six graphics or layouts
Interactive journalists should present three examples of their work, such as an interactive graphic they have created
Reporting and copy editing samples must be from a published source. Videos, photographs, graphics and similar material may be from an unpublished portfolio and may be submitted as a URL for a Web site where they appear, or on a CD or DVD.)
For more information about the Institute, contact:
Director, The New York Times Student Journalism Institute
The New York Times
620 Eighth Ave.
New York, NY 10018-1405