Mar. 24, 2017

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Kalamazoo, MI

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Est. 1877

Technology

Benefactor Offers Free Online Subscriptions

Kalamazoo College students, faculty, and staff suddenly find themselves with free access to the digital New York Times (Van Forsman / The Index) Kalamazoo College students, faculty, and staff suddenly find themselves with free access to the digital New York Times (Van Forsman / The Index)
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Provost Michael McDonald surprised the Kalamazoo College campus last week with the announcement that students, faculty, and staff will now be able to access the digital New York Times free of charge.

This opportunity has been made possible by an anonymous benefactor’s donation, and will continue to be available for about two years.

The New York Times is considered to be a prestigious newspaper and is noted for its “newspaper of record” status—that of being professional and authoritative—in the journalism world. Since 1918, 117 Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded to the New York Times daily newspaper. The Pulitzer Prize itself was established in 1917 and awards excellence in journalism across 21 categories.

“It’s got great writing,” said Dr. Gary Gregg, Kalamazoo College Professor of Psychology and former journalist. Dr. Gregg hopes that students immerse themselves in the “great writing,” adding, “it’s smooth as butter—it’s so good you don’t notice.”

Noting its status amongst other premier newspapers such as The LA Times and The Wall Street Journal, Dr. Gregg explained, “It’s a window out of the encapsulation of digital media, exposing millennials to depth and superb journalism.”

Despite now being available for free only in digital form, The New York Times is “different than an aggregator” in that it is “more leisurely to read; it takes longer.”

Thoughts stemming from this new opportunity are mixed across campus.

“I may look to see what is happening in the world but I’ll probably only use it if I need to for school,” said Meagan Soffin K’18.

Meanwhile other students express their eagerness to read The New York Times. Natalie Thompson K’19, explained, “I’m excited to take advantage of [the subscription] in the future, and I hope that it will prove beneficial to the academic community.”

“It is an incredibly generous donation that will serve as a huge asset to the library,” added Thompson.

Students can direct themselves to nytimes.com/pass with any browser, on campus or off, to claim the subscription. Account setup help can be found by contacting Leslie Burke, Collection Development & Digital Integration Librarian.

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