The New York Times is set to expand its coverage of local New York neighborhoods with the creation of The Local East Village. The website — a collaborative effort with New York Universityâ€™s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute — will exist as part of The Local, The New York Times’ existing network of community-focused blogs.
Expected to launch this fall, The Local East Village will be helmed by unpaid NYU students, much to the dismay of The Awl editor Choire Sicha, who argues that recruiting unpaid student labor results in undermining the professionalism of journalism, creates a negative impression concerning the sustainability of locally-focused publications, and relies on the efforts of wide-eyed young tykes who wouldn’t know CBGB & OMFUG from OMFG TCBY.
There will, however, be two students from NYU’s Stern School of Business on hand to consult the site’s writers on everything from marketing to transferring to law school.
The Local already has a similar relationship in place with City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism for its coverage of Brooklyn neighborhoods Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.