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Publishers add more online education programs following interest spurred by the pandemic

Digiday 09 Jun 2021 04:01
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June 9, 2021 by Sara Guaglione

The pandemic led to a surge of interest in online education programs, like Masterclass and Coursera. Now publishers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Penske Media’s Rolling Stone and WWD, are adding more programs to their digital education portfolios.

The New York Times has been in the digital education business for decades. Launched in 1998, the newspaper publisher’s Learning Network provides roughly 1,000 new resources, including curriculum materials, activities, lesson plans and writing prompts, for free (in part thanks to a partnership with Verizon) each year to middle and high school students and teachers. But in recent years, it has bolstered those offerings by debuting a swath of new programs after expanding the size of its team.

In 2012, the Times had two employees working on the Learning Network, and by September 2019 had four. But its team has more than doubled in the past two years, with nine full-time employees now, according to Michael Gonchar, editor of the Learning Network.

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