New York Times Student Journalism Institute to Reside at CUNY J-School

  • By Newmark J-School Staff
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The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, an annual two-week program designed to train talented, young journalists and increase newsroom diversity, has found a new home at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Beginning in May 2016, students selected for the all-expense-paid Institute will use the classrooms, facilities, and equipment of the CUNY J-School’s midtown Manhattan campus on West 40th Street, adjacent to The New York Times Building.

Working under the supervision of Times reporters and editors, with additional support from CUNY J-School faculty, students will cover stories about New York City. They can choose to develop their skills in reporting, copy editing, still photography, web production, newspaper page design, video journalism, interactive graphics and data journalism.

The program is open to student members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), as well as May graduates of an historically black college or university.

“We are delighted to become the host of such an exemplary program, one that has long led the way in training up-and-coming journalists from diverse communities,” said Sarah Bartlett, dean of the CUNY J-School.

“Since its inception in 2003, The New York Times Student Journalism Institute has become one of the premier incubators for collegiate journalistic talent. The Institute, which has graduated nearly 400 students, is a key component of The Times’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion across the industry. We look forward to continuing that commitment through this important collaboration with CUNY,” said, Dana Canedy, a senior editor at The Times.

The Institute takes place just a few weeks before the CUNY J-School’s own diversity initiative, funded by a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. That program includes a two-month summer internship in New York for 20 rising seniors and recent college graduates who are members of professional journalism organizations such as NABJ and NAHJ. The top five students from that program are offered free tuition to earn a graduate journalism degree.

The deadline for applying to The New York Times Student Journalism Institute for May 2016 is November 1, 2015. Learn more about the program by visiting the Institute’s website or emailing the director, Richard G. Jones, at