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Applications open for New York Times Student Journalism Institute

October 26, 2020

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

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 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.

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.

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.

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 website 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 images (website, Tumblr, Flickr, etc.)

Reporting and 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 website where they appear.

To apply, go here.


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