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Pippa, Student

Pippa is a Summer Academy student from Winchester, England 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 wanted to study at the school of the New York Times because I’ve become more interested in journalism and I really like the idea of learning about it in a completely different way than I would at school.

Which course did you take and why?

I took Writing the Big city on the New York City campus because I liked how parts of it were very specific to the location. I also chose it because I thought it would provide great out of classroom experience in journalism.

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

If I could choose one thing that I learned to take away, it would be, always ask more questions. By forcing yourself to think of an extra question, you could gather amazing information that you may not have gotten otherwise. By asking more questions you can also make connections and start networking for the future. I also learned to never close your reporter’s notebook until the person you are interviewing has left the room as they could say something that is unexpected and greater than everything else they said. I also think this is transferable to outside reporting.

What was your favorite site visit?

My favourite site visit was going to Jackson Heights. This was because when we went we had to independently find a business and convince them to let us interview them. I think I gained a lot of skills from this including learning the importance of building up the questions from a conversational tone and also to be very clear when explaining what you’re trying to do, which I think will help me a lot in the future.

Who was the most memorable guest speaker?

365体育备用网址I think for me the most memorable guest speaker was Mariel Padillo. This is because she explained how journalism wasn’t always a passion of hers and only started to enjoy it later in college. She was also a very impressive person, being part of a team who won a Pulitzer Prize in her first internship before journalism school, which I found very inspiring.

What were your faculty like?

365体育备用网址The main instructor for my course, Ari Goldman, had extensive knowledge and experience that he shared with us. I really like how he put the information he was teaching us into context using current news stories. The other instructors for my course, Lora and Sara, were also great as they had a lot of journalistic knowledge and experience but in very different ways, for example in TV and media reporting. They were all great because it was clear they had a passion for the subject.

What does The New York Times mean to you?

365体育备用网址For me The New York Times means information. Accurate and unbiased information that provides much needed context to all stories. For a journalist telling the truth is the main goal and the New York Times fully embodies this.

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

365体育备用网址Studying in New York City felt like an amazing opportunity to apply what I learned in the classroom to outside in the field. New York is great because it is such a diverse city with so many different experiences available, making maybe one of the best places to learn about journalism, as you could almost do or see anything.

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

I’m not entirely sure what I want to be when I grow up but this program definitely add being a journalist more of a contender. It showed me a lot about what it’s really about and I love the idea of writing something that will give information to so many people.

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