For more than 100 years, The New York Times has taken license with its motto, “All the News That’s Fit to Print.” It has become a clearinghouse for information on almost every topic under the sun—from international affairs to Silicon Valley start-ups, the Supreme Court to the Higgs boson particle, the fashion runways of Paris to the best hotel in Kathmandu.
Every day, readers turn to The Times for credible reports and insights on important events and underlying issues. Behind the reports lie a formidable line-up of talent: a foreign correspondent hurriedly writing in a notebook, a videographer angling for the best shot, an interaction designer creating a multimedia layout, an editor weighing passages for balance, objectivity and veracity. This torrent of activity occurs day after day, every day. And now, in the new digital world, minute after minute.
It’s a truism to say that the flow of accurate, meaningful news is essential to our democracy. But information and education drink from the same source. Equally important to an informed citizenry is the ever-growing reservoir of ideas and critical concepts to be explored and passed along from teacher to student. Who better to teach these ideas than those who have put them into practice their entire careers?
It is not surprising that a newspaper that began in 1851 and has been used in public classrooms for decades has now established The School of The New York Times. Over the coming years, The Times will tap its resources and experts to create a new and vibrant intellectual community as part of a full-fledged educational institution