nytEducation debuts pre-collegiate courses

By Laura Devaney
September 10th, 2015

The New York Times’s Education Initiative debuts symposium on college choice

collegiate-nytThe New York Times has announced that its education initiative, nytEducation — The School of The New York Times, will launch a pre-collegiate division in October 2015 with a Symposium on college choice and admissions plus weekend courses for intellectually curious youth who want to explore the world of ideas with some of today’s best and most influential minds.

The School’s first Symposium, an intensive one-day event for students and parents preparing for the college admissions process, will take place on Oct. 10 at TheTimesCenter in New York City.

Participants will get objective, honest and useful information from admissions experts and learn what it takes to choose the right college and build the strongest college application possible.

Weekend courses will convene weekly at The Times’s headquarters in New York City. Fall courses will run from mid-October through mid-November offering ambitious high school students an opportunity to demonstrate exceptional commitment to their interests beyond the classroom while taking advantage of The Times’s world-class expertise in important and relevant subjects.

Saturday courses will include:
• Tackling Humanity’s Climate and Energy Challenges – Use your passion for science, problem-solving and communications to tackle this urgent issue; Instructor – Andrew C. Revkin, Dot Earth Blogger, The New York Times.
• The City as Your Beat – Learn to think and write like a reporter covering New York City; Instructor – Ari Goldman, Professor of Journalism at Columbia University and former reporter for The New York Times.
• When the Story is Me – Take a course on the personal narrative and personal branding.
• The Gentle (and Brutal) Art of Criticism – Study the craft of cultural criticism with Times critics; Instructor – Myra Forsberg, former Weekend Section Editor, former Deputy Culture Editor and former Classical Music and Dance Editor of The New York Times.
• Sports Management and Sports Media – Explore the business-side of sports and sports reporting.
• Introduction to Entrepreneurship – Create a business plan, develop a pitch deck and understand different models for funding companies.

“nytEducation’s fall offerings provide unique learning opportunities for students and parents with renowned educators, industry experts and The Times’s award-winning journalists,” said Michael Greenspon, General Manager, News Services & International, The New York Times. “nytEducation will harness the rich history and breadth of resources of The New York Times to create a vibrant, intellectual community and an effective educational institution.”

In the coming months, nytEducation will introduce additional symposia and courses for professionals that will cover a broad range of subjects. nytEducation will also expand the pre-collegiate division to offer in-residence summer courses for gifted high school students from around the world.

nytEducation is a collaboration with CIG Education Group dedicated to nurturing the next generation of creative leaders and to providing students and professionals with stimulating opportunities to develop the skills and competencies necessary for successful careers.

To learn more about nytEducation – The School of The New York Times, including registration details and pricing for the upcoming pre-collegiate courses, please visit

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the Director of News for eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura