Student Journalism Institute

The New York Times
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    New York, New York
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    Oct 27

Position description

Follow in the footsteps of the best and brightest young journalists in America by applying to The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, an intensive short-term program that features both training and practical application.


Participants must be either enrolled college students (or December or May graduates) at a historically black college or university, or enrolled college students (or December or May graduates) who are also members of these leading national organizations focused on diversity: the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association or the Native American Journalists Association.


The coronavirus pandemic has compelled many logistical changes for the 2021 Institute. The next class is tentatively slated to be held from May 22 to June 6, 2021, and will be hosted virtually, allowing participants from around the country to participate. Students will join in a remote intensive that features insights and tutelage from some of the most prominent journalists working today. We will share more details with participants as the program comes together.


The deadline to apply to the Institute is Dec 7, 2020. 


There is no cost to attend the Institute. One student each year may also be awarded an Armando Montaño Scholarship to help with 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. 


During the program, students are working journalists supervised by reporters and editors from The New York Times.


Opportunities for students include:


  • Reporting 

  • Editing 

  • Newspaper Design 

  • Still Photography 

  • Video Journalism 


Students become part of a family of more than 500 alumni of the Institute, many now working at major news organizations that include the Associated Press, Vice, 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.


To apply: 

Students must submit work samples and an essay of up to 500 words on why they want to be journalists. 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. 

  • Editors should supply six articles they have edited (with headlines they have written).

  • Designers should send six graphics or layouts. 

  • Video journalists should offer a reel and/or three short documentaries.

  • Still photographers should offer an online portfolio or a link to view

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