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Frostburg State offers students free New York Times subscription

By James Byers, Social Marketing Team journalistic writer
April 26, 2019

Frostburg State University now offers students, faculty, and staff a free subscription to The New York Times. The subscription can be accessed on any WIFI-enabled device, on- or off-campus. The program gives students full access to, which is updated 24/7 with breaking news, videos, reviews, and more. Subscribers get unlimited online access to more than 25 New York Times sections.  

New York Times Subscription

How to sign up 
For detailed instructions on how to sign up, visit this link: 

About the program 
With the subscription, access to is available anywhere at any time. The site can be accessed from either the app or a web browser. The subscription offered by FSU is the same as what is being offered to the public. Users can receive newsletters, interact with comments, save articles, and much more. Other features include real-time updates with the news, award-winning and interactive content, access to Spanish and Chinese daily editions, and the ability to search The New York Times’ archives back to 1851. 

The New York Times is a reputable news source known for its in-depth coverage of daily issues across the nation. Thus, giving students, faculty, and staff fingertip access to vetted current and global news in a time where “fake news” is prominent. 

For the students 
Frostburg State students take pride in being well-educated on global, national, and local issues that affect day-to-day life. For political science and international studies major Emma Duncan, this service offers a chance to stay educated on these issues. 

Emma Duncan

“...I enjoy reading, learning about current events, following progress, and understanding changes that transpire. I believe I would be far less inclined to follow the news if I didn’t have a free subscription supplied to me by (Frostburg State University),” states Emma Duncan. 

As a junior, Duncan has already had experience using the service through assignments in the classroom. Her professors have encouraged its use by assigning homework that centers around the need for a subscription to The New York Times or another reputable news source. 

“ professors already use this service to enrich my learning experience. Some of them require that we stay up-to-date with the news by giving us quizzes or assigning research papers,” shared Duncan 

 Leah Perrin

Leah Perrin, a junior, has also found great use of the program. The fact-based knowledge within The New York Times has assisted her work as an English major and a journalism minor. She also uses the tool to get information and stay up-to-date in her fast-paced life.  

“I don’t receive a print newspaper or typically have time to sit down and watch a news station, so having a free online news source that I can use anywhere and for quick access is pretty nice, Perrin said. 

Patrick O'Brien

Patrick O’Brien, Director of Civic Engagement, has also been encouraging student use of The New York Times subscription. He is hosting “Times Talk Thursdays” every Thursday from noon to 2 pm. Their first meeting was March 14 in LUC 111, and they plan to meet biweekly.  

...what we are most excited about utilizing (the free New York Times subscription) for is to spark discussion on campus over topics that are important to students, our community, and our country. Reading the same article gives a group common ground to have a discussion,” explained O’Brien. 

For the professors 

Professors who use The New York Times subscription service offered by FSU also have access to a learning tool called InEducation at InEducation offers resources for over 16 subject areas through this learning tool. Professors must register with their Frostburg State University email address on the InEducation website. This feature can be used many ways both inside and outside of the classroom.  

Andy Duncan

Andy Duncan, assistant professor in the English department and chair of the journalism minor, agrees that the program would be useful to students not only in class, but as citizens. He sees how readers can isolate themselves with the information they receive online. 

“What many students do not realize is that when they’re scrolling through their newsfeeds or their social media accounts, that what they’re seeing is based off mindless formulas based on their previous history  what they look at, what they click on. To a great extent, those student’s horizons are getting increasingly narrow. So, if all they clicked on for a given week is Captain Marvel, then all they’re going to be seeing is Captain Marvel,” articulated Duncan. 

Randall Lowe is the Collection Development, Acquisitions & Serials Librarian at Frostburg State’s Lewis J. Ort Library. Through this program, Lowe hopes the free subscription to The New York Times enables professors and students to critically think about information on the internet using a credible source. 

“It’s a publication that uses high journalistic standards. Certainly, a reader of (The New York Times) needs to read the information, they need to discern it and critically think about it themselves. We want to drive people to sources where the source is credible with a strong editorial board behind it.... From there, you can take the information and take other authoritative information sources and critically think about it and make a judgment for yourself,” Lowe explained.