It’s been another week filled with “pinch me” and “pinch me again” moments!
Hello, Arts & Culture Section
It’s no secret that New York City is the centre of Arts & Culture, so there truly is no better place in the world to be looking at this topic. The Arts & Culture section is being taught by the New York Neo-Futurists, a radically dynamic ensemble of multidisciplinary artists who write and perform original work rooted in the truth of lived experiences.
However, this week we stepped outside the zone of “traditional article writing” and instead learnt about the various ways we can use theatre and scriptwriting as a funnel to shine a light on current global affairs and consider the different writing styles that can be employed in this space.
Behind the Scenes @ The New York Times
On Wednesday, we attended a Behind The Scenes @ The New York Times panel discussion with Pulitzer Prize winning journalists, Marc Lacey (Managing Editor of The New York Times who has been with the paper for two decades) and Maggie Haberman (a White House Correspondent at The New York Times who was part of the 2018 award-winning team reporting on Donald Trump’s advisers and their connections to Russia). Facilitated by New York Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir (who spoke with us last week), the panel discussed the challenges for long-form investigative journalism in the high-speed digital age, and how the pressures of a digital-driven 24-hour news cycle influence the reporting, editing and physical production of the daily paper.
The discussion took place at the Museum of the City of New York and was accompanied by their new exhibition entitled “Analogue City” which houses a collection of iconic objects, from typewriters to rotary phones, and showcased how The New York Times operated in the pre-digital age.
Guest Speakers, Whitney Museum and Protests
We rubbed shoulders with more media royalty this week after Camille Edwards shared her journey to becoming the Executive Assistant at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and gave us some invaluable insight about how she pivoted into the television industry.
On Friday, after a quick stop at the forever-long Chelsea Markets, we headed to the Whitney Museum of American Art, where we spent countless hours wandering through the seven floors filled with sculptures, film and art, which will form the basis of our final piece for the Arts section.
On Sunday, a group of us attended the Iranian Women’s Rights Movement at Union Square, where it was incredibly inspiring to meet so many activists and trailblazers fighting for justice in the wake of the tragic death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.
Until next week! I managed to get some writing done before I jetted overseas, so until next week – make sure to grab a copy of our October issue, which is hitting shelves tomorrow!
Despite losing an earring somewhere along the way, I navigated my way to my destination (with a wrong train in between there somewhere…)
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