The faculty at New York University reflects in its own make-up a view of journalism. First and always, we treat journalism as a professional practice, with its own skills, pressures, thrills and demands. That means we teach people how to do the work of a journalist in real world settings.

In addition to its full-time faculty and Distinguished Writers in Residence, NYU calls on its outstanding body of teaching professionals, drawn from all corners of the journalism world in New York (and abroad). Typically, they are employed full-time elsewhere in the city, or have substantial free-lance careers. They leave their offices and assignments and come to Washington Square to teach because they want the satisfaction of guiding the next generation into journalism. Our teaching professionals (also called adjunct professors) represent a substantial asset to the university and an invaluable aid to students hoping to enter the field.