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Friday, July 9, 2010

Bronx Teen Writes for The New York Times

In this morning's news roundup, we linked to a New York Times story about the city's decision to fine several stores in the Bronx and Manhattan for keeping their doors open during hot weather.

We wanted to point out that the author of the piece is Andrew Boryga, a 19-year-old Bedford Park resident and Mount St. Michael Academy graduate. Andrew is interning at The Times this summer, as he did last summer, when he wrote for The Local, a Times blog which covers parts of Brooklyn. Today's article is his first print clip, and needless to say it's a terrific achievement. There can't be many teenagers with a byline from the Gray Lady.  

Andrew, a 2009 recipient of The New York Times Company Foundation College Scholarship, has just finished up his first year at Cornell where he's studying English. We got to know him a couple of years ago when he enrolled in the Bronx News Network's high school journalism classes, and afterwards interned at the Norwood News.

Talking of our youth journalism program, the next semester starts in the fall.  If you're interested - or know someone who might be - please call (718) 324-4998 or e-mail bronxyouthheard@gmail.com, and we'll send you an application form.

Classes are held once a week, after school, at Hostos Community College. Students learn the basics of reporting, writing, and photojournalism, and their stories and photos appear in our youth paper, Bronx Youth Heard, which is published as a supplement in BxNN publications.  Here's the paper's website for a flavor of what students cover.   

File photo of Andrew Boryga by Peter Mullin.

1 comment:

  1. This is great! So happy to see success like this come out of the Bronx. This kid should be on News 12 or something!


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