The New York Times
January 29, 2023
The New York Times. Those four words can invoke one of many opinions. The Times as it is also known covers everything from Broadway to the NFL to the White House. They also have a program where schools can receive subscriptions to the New York Times for students. The amount the school pays depends on the number of users from the school, according to the New York Times website. The normal price is $1.50 a week or $6 a month. That price includes News, Cooking, Wirecutter (product reviews), Games, and The Athletic. However, we do not get Games or The Athletic.
The biggest thing students receive is news. News can be anything from the latest discoveries in science to Auburn University banning TikTok and everything in between. This is the bulk of the New York Times, with 15 of the 26 masthead editors in News or Opinions, according to their website. Avid news follower Liam Coley ‘25 takes advantage of the podcasts. “I listen to podcasts because it is a quick and easy way to listen to the news from a variety of sources… I don’t just listen to the news though, I also like paranormal, true crime, and history shows too.”
News isn’t just used for fun. Classes such as Janet Williams’ chemistry class and Amanda Pomerleau’s comparative politics class often use the Times. Pomerleau said “One of the reasons I assign New York Times articles is because it’s one of the major publications in the US that tends to be pretty reliable in terms of fact checking… also because it is really accessible.”
The Cooking section is massive, featuring basic and advanced recipes, recommendations for what to cook, and even the ability to create a grocery list within the times.
The other big piece is their Wirecutter section, which is mostly reviews of products. The Times reviews every product you can think of, from kitchen essentials to clothing. This can be very helpful if you are looking for deeper reviews than can be found on websites like Amazon and Target.
The two downsides, though, are what students do not have access to. You are unable to play the large crossword or several levels of the non-daily games without paying for a games subscription. However, there is still some access, unlike The Athletic.
The Athletic is a subscription-based sports news website, with writers covering almost every team in the NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB. Unfortunately, our New York Times accounts do not give us access to these, even though it is a property of The Times and comes with a paid subscription. However, a subscription for just The Athletic with the current promotion costs $2 for the first year.