December 15, 2010

Old Gray Lady Seeking College Students, Seniors Interested in Current Affairs, Long Walks on Beach

I really, really liked the idea of entering this contest, but then I discovered that I'm both too young (yay!) and too old (hiss!).

The
New York Times is inviting citizens of two disparate age groups – students currently enrolled in college or graduate school, and people over the age of 60 – to submit entries for the paper's fifth annual “2011 Win a Trip with Nick” contest. If you’re wondering who this Nick fellow is, it’s none other than Nicholas D. Kristof, the estimable Times op-ed columnist, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and author.

Exactly when and where you’ll be going is a bit of a mystery, but the trip will definitely involve reporting, will probably be somewhere far, far away from the U.S., and will most likely involve “increasing awareness and understanding about the many complex issues and opportunities for the developing world.”

The trip will last up to two weeks. (I have to admit that at first I thought the goal was to win two weeks with conservative columnist William Kristol. My second thought was: What's the second prize, three weeks?)

You’ve got until January 18, 2011, to submit a video entry (three minutes or less) to Mr. Kristof’s YouTube channel at
www.youtube.com/nicholaskristof; or put your “Why I Should Win” argument in writing - keep it under 700 words, please - and submit it to WinaTrip@nytimes.com. It's not clear from the announcement here whether Nick's looking for signs of a burning curiosity about the causes of, and solutions for, the major problems that confront our global community. But "sparkling prose" and "excellent communication skills" would be great.

One winner from each age category will be chosen. To enter you must be at least 18 years of age and a student enrolled in full-time education, and/or (bonus points for "and"!) over 60.

Click
here for all of the info.

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