Listen up reporter, copyeditors, video journalists, still photographers, designers, interactive journalists.
The New York Times Student Journalism Institute is a week long workshop in May where you’ll get to work with the best and the brightest journalists in the nation.
Participants must be students or May graduates who are members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (it’s $35 to join). This year’s program will be hosted May 16-31 at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
And yes, you can be in Chips Quinn and do this program. In fact, they encourage it.
The postmark deadline to apply to the 2015 Institute is:
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.
Want to know more? Here you go.
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.
During the program, students are working journalists supervised by reporters and editors from The New York Times. Students cover actual events in the cities in which the Institute is held. 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.
To apply, a student must submit
- a completed application form
- an essay of up to 500 words on why he or she wants to be a journalist
- a letter of recommendation from a professor or an editor, which must be mailed separately
- work samples
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 three video documentaries
- Still photographers should have six photographs
- 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.)