2012 Win a Trip with Nick – trip with Nick Kristof – US college/university students – Due January 22, 2012

Posted on 6:12 am in January 2012, Over 18, Prize Contests, Students Only by Lynnie

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof invites students to apply for his annual Win a Trip with Nick contest. The winner will accompany Mr. Kristof and a video reporter to write and learn about humanitarian issues in the developing world.


You can apply either with an essay of up to 700 words, or a video of up to three minutes, or both. Send the essay to winatrip@nytimes.com. Post the video on my YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/NicholasKristof, next to my own video invitation for applications.
Go to www.youtube.com/user/NicholasKristof to submit an original video entry of less than 3 minutes. You may also submit both an essay and a video.
The application deadline is midnight, Eastern Time, on Jan. 22, 2012.


The Contest is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico and all other territories), who are 18 years of age or older, and who are current undergraduate or graduate students (including those who will graduate in June) at an American college or university.

Judging Criteria

Explain why Nicholas Kristof should pick you.
From Mr. Kristof: “So what kind of a person am I looking for? The truth is, I’m not entirely sure – except that I want someone with excellent communication skills, who can blog and vlog (video blog) in ways that will capture the interest of other readers. If you’ve done blogging, vlogging or journalism, be sure to mention that — in sparkling prose! Ditto for anything else that makes you special or will make your voice more memorable.”


Trip with Nicholas Kristof. Expect the trip to last 10 days or two weeks, and we’ll also have along a Times video reporter to help with the videos. To some extent, I can work with the winner’s schedule, and in the past professors have been accommodating about exam dates, but if you know that you simply can’t take a couple of weeks off in the late spring or early summer, then it would be best not to apply.

Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions in the comments below.