Cornell NYC Tech Gets Its Start Hot

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"Just 13 months after being awarded the prize in Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s contest to create a new science school, Cornell NYC Tech got up and running. Eight students enrolled in January in what is being called the beta class, a one-year master’s program in computer science," says The New York Times today.  

The school's unorthodox curriculum eschews the traditional approach to learning. Instead, real-world experience is baked in. The Times cynically covers the new approach Cornell NYC Tech is taking and buries the lead.

"If all the hopes and hype are warranted," the story opens, "a nondescript third-floor loft in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan offers a glimpse of the future, for New York City and for Cornell University."  


By framing the story from the start with, "If all the hopes and hype are warranted," the story tells readers that he feels like the new approach of the school is hype. Who cares? Readers are best served when you report only what you know to be true. Spending any words on ungrounded skepticism waste a reader's time. As a result, some very cool facts are buried.

The U.S. Commerce Department has stationed a patent officer on the premises to help with patent applications and strategy — an arrangement that federal officials say is a first," says the story's twelfth paragraph.

Buried in the thirteenth paragraph: students every semester work with mentors from the private sector to create new products. Two students are working with a Google engineer on open-source software to predict severe weather.


Even if the school's unorthodox approach fails and Cornell NYC Tech must change course, New York is getting a big boost as "the nation's other technology center." For the city's students and businesses, this is a great new resource.

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