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Leia, Student

Leia is a Summer Academy student from Los Angeles, California and took our course, 'Secrets, Leaks, and Whistleblowers: Reporting on National Security.'

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

2020欧洲杯客户端下载Last year, my brother studied at The School of The New York Times and had a wonderful time. After learning that the program was opening a wing in Washington DC, I knew immediately that I wanted to attend that program given the variety of journalistic opportunities unique to DC. Journalism is always something that I’ve wanted to explore, and exploring it as a part of The New York Times and under the instruction of The New York Times’ journalists was a truly unique and insightful experience.

Which course did you take and why?

At The School of The New York Times in Washington DC, I was a part of Secrets, Leaks, and Whistleblowers: Reporting on National Security. This course was particularly interesting to me because of the location specific opportunities DC offers in terms of learning more about national security and having access to true global experts in their home office surrounded by their world class support network. Also, the instructors of this course had astonishing world class credentials and ultimately proved to be great resources for aspiring journalists.

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

Aside from technical skills (i.e. inverted pyramid, topic dissections, and outlining an article), being in DC with The School of The New York Times taught me a lot about myself. The program encouraged me to have a stronger work ethic overall and taught me how to turn passion into productivity.

What was your favorite site visit? Why was it your favorite?

2020欧洲杯客户端下载My favorite site visit with SoNYT was The Pentagon. National security as a whole is incredibly interesting to me because of the many factors that play into the safety and security of our country. Going to The Pentagon gave me the opportunity to get answers to questions that only Pentagon employees could answer and helped me learn more about the government’s role in wartime by bringing context to the topic.

Who was the most memorable guest speaker and why?

The most memorable guest speaker who visited my class was Jonna Mendez. Jonna Mendez is a former chief of disguise for the CIA and has written numerous books about her experience within the CIA. Speaking with her about her time working in national intelligence was inspiring on many levels.

What were your faculty like?

The faculty at SoNYT were all incredibly well rounded. Whether the questions that arose related to technical writing skills or a very specific national security question – in the case of my class – the instructors leveraged their collective expertise for our benefit. Through all of their personal experiences in the field they were able to provide incredible and well educated advice and responses to all of the students’ inquiries.

What does The New York Times mean to you?

The New York Times is one of the few reliable news outlets in a world of uncertainty. Training and working this summer under The New York Times reporters educated me on how I can ensure that I can remain trustworthy as a reporter for others if I ultimately join the field.

What does it mean to you to study in Washington DC?

2020欧洲杯客户端下载Washington DC is my favorite part of the U.S. because I enjoy being surrounded by the politics of our country. Turning on any street corner in DC you immediately encounter several hushed conversations and people walking with a clear purpose. Time isn’t wasted in DC. Everyone understands the value of it. Studying there this summer allowed me to learn and understand how to get around DC more efficiently and how to access the unique resources that DC offers most effectively.

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

When I grow up, I want to work in public policy and potentially as an economic strategist. After attending The School of The New York Times and learning about national security my interest in working in that sector of the government has grown.

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