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Readers’ programs with the New York Times, WSJ provide educational resources for the British community, and free access

Lexington, Kentucky (September 23, 2022) – University of Kentucky community members can now access the New York Times (NYT) and its educational resources for free.

The UK School of Communication and Information, UK Libraries and the Students’ Government Association (SGA) have partnered with NYT to provide a school-sponsored readership program to all students, faculty and staff.

“The UK Student Government is proud to expand access to trusted news through the Wall Street Journal and now the New York Times,” said Andrew Loews, Head of Students UK. “Through this partnership, our students can get free unlimited access to both popular news sources, allowing them to stay on top of the day’s happenings at all times. We look forward to ensuring that all UK students have free access to these subscriptions throughout the year.”

The university continues to offer a readership program with the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) free of charge, through a partnership with UK Libraries and the SGA, which was first arranged by the Gatton School of Business and Economics in 2020. The partnership was renewed earlier this year. The Wall Street Journal and New York Times agreements were signed for a period of three years.

Jennifer Greer, dean of the College of Communications and Information, has run programs for campus readers at two former universities. Since WSJ was already on campus, I signed up to the SGA and UK Libraries to add access to NYT. Greer said that providing access to news produced by journalists who adhere to professional ethical standards is important in the age of misinformation.

“These two newspapers also have diverse editorial views, helping to pave the way for the informed and robust debate necessary for a functioning democracy,” she said.

UK Libraries are key to providing access to the UK, handling the logistics so anyone with an @uky.edu email address can access the papers.

“UK Libraries are pleased to collaborate with SGA, and the School of Communication and Information is adding access to the New York Times for the campus community,” said Kate Seago, Director of Holdings for Libraries UK. These partnerships will bring a variety of perspectives on current topics and events. The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times are rich resources for research.”

With this newest partnership, members have full digital access to NYT on NYTimes.com and through the app. In addition, The New York Times offers a variety of learning tools for faculty and staff to use in the classroom.

Here are more offerings from the New York Times Readers Program:

  • Unlimited access to NYTimes.com
  • Archives (dating back to 1851)
  • Unlimited access to two great learning tools: The New York Times in Education and Learning Network
  • Select events that are only open to subscribers
  • Spanish and Mandarin Chinese versions from NYTimes.com
  • All multimedia, including video, photography, VR features and new upcoming multimedia
  • Newsletters
  • Podcasts
  • 360 DAILY CONTENT – 2D 360° View
  • Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality

How to Activate Your Membership in The New York Times:

New NYT subscribers can visit accessnyt.com to create an account (register). Simply type University of Kentucky as the name of a school and follow the instructions. Email edu@nytimes.com with any questions.

Existing registered subscribers with active paid subscriptions need to cancel their personal subscription by contacting a chat agent on the Site, or calling 800-698-4637 prior to creating an account. Once they opt out, they can visit accessnyt.com, type the University of Kentucky as the name of the school and follow the instructions based on their location. Since the subscriber “already has an account”, he clicks “Login” (located below “Create an account”). Enter their email address and the same “password” that was created for their previous account.

Existing enrolled subscribers who do not have an active NYT subscription can visit accessnyt.com, type in the name of the school at the University of Kentucky and follow the directions based on their location. Since the subscriber “already has an account”, he clicks “Login” (located below “Create an account”). Enter his email address and the same “password” that was created for his previous account.

Questions can be emailed to edu@nytimes.com for assistance.

More information about NYT can be found here.

More information about the WSJ Readers Program in the UK, including how to activate your account, can be found here.


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