New York, NY—November 11, 2017—It was a chilly February evening, and the last of the evening’s celebrations had already begun.
On the lawn of the Times building in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, hundreds of students had gathered to watch a concert by the Indian music academy.
As one young man walked by, his friend waved him in: I’m going to get you a free ticket to see the concert.
That was the start of a long tradition for students and alumni of the NYT, the Times’ journalism and entertainment arm, to come together to celebrate their institution’s centennial with a concert.
For the next three decades, they would do just that.
The tradition began when the Times bought the Times Music Academy in 1965, and over the years, the academy hosted performances by such major acts as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Elvis Presley, and The Police.
As the Times has expanded, it has also brought together students and their families for a series of cultural events, including the New Music Awards, a special concert for its alumni, and a night of entertainment.
“I think we’re really lucky to have been able to have this wonderful opportunity to be part of this great institution,” said Suresh Chandra, a professor of music at New York University and the founding executive director of the Indian Music Academy.
“We have a tradition here that is going to continue for the next 50 years, and that is our responsibility as the students and our alumni.”
The students and the alumni came together at the New Voices Festival on February 14, 2019, in honor of the organization’s 50th Anniversary.
As a tribute to the Times, the festival also included performances by Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, and more.
But it was the students who came together to honor the Times in 2017 that were most appreciative of the institution’s legacy.
“Our students have given the institution everything it has to offer,” Chandra said.
“And it’s not just the music, but also the work they’ve done for the newspaper.
We really appreciate that.”
The Times students and staff have been instrumental in helping shape the Times into what it is today.
The Times’s alumni have come together with their own interests and passions, and many are now working for other news organizations.
In addition to helping to shape the NYT’s culture, students have been integral to the paper’s growth.
They have taught journalism, contributed to the newspaper’s research, created its content and created the company’s website, which now serves as the world’s largest media destination.
And they have helped shape the way that the NYT continues to thrive today, providing journalism that is relevant to audiences of all ages and different backgrounds.
“They’ve made us an institution that is alive, vibrant, and diverse,” said Andrew Wylie, who served as the publisher of the newspaper from 2000 to 2018 and who now serves on the board of directors for the Times.
“It’s a reflection of their work, their dedication, and their passion for what they do.”
For the past 50 years the Times alumni have been proud to be a part of that legacy.
With their contributions to the culture of the paper, the students have helped create an institution of journalism that continues to provide readers with a trusted, authoritative source of news and entertainment.
And with the recent acquisition of The New York Post by Amazon, the NYT is also now able to provide an online service to its users.
In 2017, the alumni gathered to mark the Times 50th Year of Existence.
“There’s an opportunity to take the institution in a completely different direction,” Chandra continued.
“The Times is a great place for a young writer, or a young journalist.
We’re going to have the opportunity to move in a new direction with a more diverse audience, and with a new platform.”
In addition, the graduates of the NYSE’s international exchange program are helping to build the future of the global newspaper business, which will continue to grow and prosper through the expansion of its global news division.
For students and students in general, it’s a privilege to be able to help create a new generation of future Times alumni, who will be part, or perhaps even the majority, of the company.
“A lot of us are part of the family,” Chandra added.
“If you’re in our class, you’re part of us.”
The legacy of the students will live on through generations of Times alumni and the staff at the Times as they strive to shape a new era for the institution.
The NYSE has the opportunity and the responsibility to build a vibrant, global media ecosystem that can help shape the future.
We are grateful for the contributions of the alumni and staff to this effort, and we look forward to seeing them again as we mark our 50th year in the New Times.—New Voices Festival, The New Times, 5th and 6th floors, SoHo