John Carroll University students now have another option to consider when accessing their news. Student Union recently unveiled the The New York Times Readership Program, which provides students with complete access to the online version of The New York Times.
The New York Times usually charges a weekly fee for full access to a digital subscription, but with NYTimes.com Academic Passes, students can access NYTimes.com for free. About 100 digital “seats” will be available to JCU students online per day. The number of seats is equivalent to the number of hard copies of the newspaper that are delivered to campus each day.
To claim their first online pass, students should complete the following steps: visit NYTimes.com/Passes, click on Register and follow the instructions provided. Students must register with their JCU email account to be eligible for a pass. After following the instructions, students will receive an email from The New York Times confirming their email address and they must click on the link provided to complete the process.
The academic pass will remain valid for 24 hours. Students must visit NYTimes.com/Passes and log in each time they want to access an academic pass.
Sophomore Lexi Korczynski expressed her excitement at the new online availability of the newspaper. “It’s fantastic because it’s a lot easier to access,” she said.
Student Union Executive Vice President Tim Ficke said that although The New York Times is the first newspaper to offer this type of program to students, other newspapers are beginning to follow in its footsteps.
“We have been in continued talks with USA Today as they are nearing completion of their program, and plan to roll out as soon as it becomes available,” Ficke said.
Student Union determines which newspapers are available to students on campus. The papers are funded by an allocation from the Student Activity Fee. Currently, The New York Times, USA Today, The Plain Dealer and The Sun Press Times are all available in various locations across campus, including the Lombardo Student Center, Administration Building and Grasselli Library, as well as some residence halls. The Wall Street Journal is also available to students through the Boler School of Business.
Student Union is considering making another addition to the newspapers available on campus.
“We are looking into the option of offering Sunday copies of The Plain Dealer, depending on students’ demand,” said Ficke.