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The New York Times Student Journalism Institute Announces Second Term; Seminar for Aspiring Journalists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 18, 2003--The New York Times Student Journalism Institute today announced that it has begun accepting applications for students interested in its second annual program, to be held in May 2004.

The Institute is a highly competitive, two-week, hands-on journalism residency offered to aspiring reporters, editors and photographers from historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). The program will be held May 16-29, 2004, at Dillard University in New Orleans.

Students will be able to spend their days honing their writing, reporting, editing and photography skills, working under actual newsroom deadline pressure and learning from journalists from The New York Times, the Boston Globe and the Times Company's Regional Newspaper Group. Instrumental to the program is the Black College Communications Association, an organization of faculty members committed to developing strong journalism programs at historically black colleges and universities.

"We are very proud to continue the Institute into its second year," said William Schmidt, associate managing editor of resources and planning, The New York Times. "It is one of the few programs offered by a media company that brings students together with some of the foremost experts in print journalism in an intensive setting that mirrors actual newsroom conditions. Also, the program is a significant way The Times is able to cultivate young journalistic talent from diverse backgrounds, which is of vital importance to The Times and to all news organizations."

The program will accept up to 30 promising undergraduate journalists who are in good academic standing from colleges affiliated with the Black College Communication Association (BCCA), and who have worked for at least one semester on a student publication or as an intern or employee of a news organization.

The deadline for applications is February 28, 2004. Applicants will be notified no later than March 25, whether they have been accepted. Application forms may be obtained at the Institute Web site, www.nytimes-institute.com, which also has more information about the Institute and material produced by last year's students. Forms are also available by calling (

The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT), a leading media company with 2002 revenues of $3.1 billion, includes The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 16 other newspapers, eight network-affiliated television stations, two New York City radio stations and more than 40 Web sites, including NYTimes.com and Boston.com. For the third consecutive year, the Company was ranked No. 1 in the publishing industry in Fortune's 2002 list of America's Most Admired Companies. In 2003 the Company was named by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. The Company's core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment.

This press release can be downloaded from www.nytco.com and www.nytco.com-community

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