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Jill, Student

365体育备用网址Jill is a Summer Academy student from Ireland and took our course, 'Writing the Big City.'

Why did you decide to study at The School of The New York Times?

365体育备用网址I decided to study at The SoNYT as I wished to immerse myself in a journalism program amidst professionals of the highest caliber in one of the most exciting cities in the world.

Which course did you take and why?

I took the course entitled Writing the Big City as I believed it would give me the best overview of journalism as a career and would teach me the fundamental skills such as interviewing, pitching and writing. I took the course in New York City.

If you had to name one thing that you learned from your time here, what is that one takeaway that will stay with you?

365体育备用网址I learned to be brave. Not only in the field of journalism, but in my interactions with my peers in the program and most of all, myself. I learned that I should keep an open mind when choosing how I spend my free time, when chatting to my peers and with myself. I learned to be brave when going out on excursions and when speaking to others and to step out of my comfort zone. Most importantly, I learned to be open minded and brave with myself and my own aspirations for the future.

What was your favorite site visit?

My favorite site visit was to the newly established local news outlet ‘The City.’ The whole talk was given by the editor in chief who refrained from sugar coating any of the realities of the profession, spoke openly about today’s pressing issues and also, did not give me the feeling that I was being lectured or being treated as an amateur.

Who was the most memorable guest speaker?

The most memorable guest speaker for me was during the tour of The [New York Times]. Sarah Maslin Nir spoke passionately and inspirationally about her career and gave incredibly valuable advice that can be applied to any field of work.

What were your faculty like?

The faculty were of an extremely high caliber and very highly accomplished professionals. In saying that, I felt totally comfortable in their presence and I was undoubtedly learning with them, as well as from them.

What does The New York Times mean to you?

It is symbolic of the exceptional elements of the craft of journalism. While it is not the ultimate newspaper of the world, it has an excellent reputation and yet also has made mistakes. It’s not perfect and doesn’t claim to be: exactly what I want in a newspaper!

What does it mean to you to study in New York City?

New York City is the capital of the world in many aspects. The city, the streets, the people, the food, the sites, everything in NYC is inspirational. It is a multi-faceted city and that’s what I love about it.

What do you think you want to be when you grow up?

I have learnt from the program that I don’t wish to take a conventional role in journalism but I would perhaps like to be an investigative journalist or maybe utilize my editing skills in some way. Law has always been attractive to me as well, and a job as a speech writer is something I also find appealing. The idea is that I want to write. I don’t want to stick to the same profession for my whole life and this program has helped me realize that I don’t have to!

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