NEW YORK – The New York Times Company and Verizon today joined forces to offer all students and teachers in high schools within the U.S. free digital access to NYTimes.com. With students across the country impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic, this partnership will help to keep them educated, informed and connected.
In a letter to readers, Times Company C.E.O. Mark Thompson and Verizon C.E.O. Hans Vestberg wrote:
“This effort builds on a recent commitment by Verizon and The New York Times to bring Times reporting to Title I schools across the nation. And it’s grounded in a belief that quality journalism can support student learning during these turbulent and uncertain times.
From April 6 to July 6, students and teachers will be able to access Times journalism online. This means that even while studying remotely, students will have deeply reported, expert journalism at their fingertips - from international issues to arts and culture to science, politics and more.
This is a difficult moment. The New York Times and Verizon are committed to helping students stay informed and engaged with each other and the world around them.”
This announcement expands on Verizon and New York Times’s commitment to provide free access to more than seven million Title 1 students and teachers - including all schools within the Verizon Innovative Learning program. Millions of students and teachers have already signed up for these resources for use in classrooms and at home in cities and states across the country.
Verizon has been prioritizing digital inclusion since 2014. Verizon Innovative Learning provides free 1:1 devices, free internet access and a technology-driven curriculum to some of the country’s most under-resourced students. With schools closed and remote learning in place, Verizon is supporting the over 100,000 students and teachers within the program by tripling their data allowances, from 10GB/month to 30GB/month through June 30.
Founded in 1998 to expand on The New York Times’s mission to help people understand the world they live in, The Learning Network gives people the tools they need to teach and learn with curated educational content such as writing prompts, news quizzes and student contests - all based on Times articles, photos, videos, illustrations and graphs. Materials also include a special coronavirus resource collection for students, updated daily during this crisis.
This is a difficult moment. The New York Times and Verizon are committed to helping students stay informed and engaged with each other and the world around them.