Media Tours

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Media Tours

NYC18 attendees have a chance to visit major media companies, network with their staffs and get a sneak peek behind the scenes of their operations through the Spring National College Media Convention’s media tours.

Click here to see the results of the media tour lottery.  

Please scroll down to see how to reserve your spot.

Confirmed tours to date:

  • Bloomberg News at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8
    • Students will see the operations of Bloomberg Radio and Television. Bloomberg Radio operates five stations (NY, Washington, D.C., Boston, San Francisco and London), all from its NY headquarters. Additionally, the Bloomberg Radio Network provides business reports to 300 affiliates nationwide, including CBS-owned all news-stations such as 1010WINS and WCBS in New York, and major stations in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and elsewhere. Bloomberg Television also broadcasts from the NY headquarters.
  • BuzzFeed at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 8 
    • BuzzFeed is a leading independent digital media and tech company delivering news and entertainment to a global audience. BuzzFeed has offices in 18 cities around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. Employees are reporters, writers, multi-hypenate producers, data scientists, designers, engineers, creatives, brand strategists, and more. BuzzFeed publishes news stories, investigations, lists and videos about identity and experiences, quizzes, recipes, and cartoons across the company’s site and mobile apps, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest and more.
  • Democracy Now! at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8
    • Democracy Now! ( is a national daily, independent news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, and airing on more than 1,400 public TV and radio stations worldwide. Democracy Now! involves the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., with the broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community and college radio stations, PBS, and satellite TV. Students will visit the  control room, watch a live broadcast and have a discussion about independent media.
  • Patch Media at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 8 
    • Patch Media is an independent local news and information company that operates more than 1,000 websites across the nation. Patch’s sites focus on hyperlocal news coverage.
  • Hearst Magazines at 10 a.m. Friday March 9 
    • Hearst is one of the largest publishers of monthly magazines, with 25 U.S. titles and close to 300 international editions. Students will divide up into two groups, tour the Hearst tower the first hour and then each group will visit with editors from two of these four magazines: Elle, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and O (Oprah).
  • Vice at 2 p.m., Thursday March 8
    • The tour is of our Brooklyn Headquarters where over 500 full-time and freelance employees work in corporate and creative departments such as production and editorial. The tour will include a walk through our garden that has a view of the NY skyline, a peak into the Munchies Test Kitchen and an overview of the VICE News/VICELAND floor.


Please note – due to security requirements at several media organizations, signups will be handled in advance this year. There will be NO onsite signups. 

How to sign up

Sign-ups will take place online over a limited window. Starting Friday Feb. 23 at noon ET and ending at 9:00 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 26, you can sign up at a link that will be posted here. That window is the ONLY time you can sign up for tours. Select the tour(s) you are interested in. You can select up to three tours. You will be entered into a lottery for the tour(s) you are interested in. Attendees will be randomly chosen and notified by email. You can sign up for up to three tours, but if you get spots in multiple tours, you will only be able to attend one. Please only select tours that you plan to attend. There can be no switches. You can only submit this form once. Please note, there will be NO onsite sign-ups this year.

How to confirm your tour

Once your tour confirmation email is sent, you must reply within 12 hours of the time stamp affirming that you plan to attend. If you decline the tour for any reason or if you don’t reply within 12 hours, your spot will be reassigned. Tour assignments are not transferable and cannot be exchanged or traded.

How to attend your tour

You will be notified if you will be walking or using mass transit to reach your host site. If you are using mass transit, obtain your own MetroCard in advance of your tour. Your tour will not stop for you to purchase a MetroCard on the way. Students have been left behind because they were delayed in purchasing a MetroCard.

Arrive at your meeting point at least 10 minutes prior to your tour’s departure. Students on the waiting list should arrive at this time as well. Students who are not at the meeting point (not “on the way”) at the time of the tour start will be replaced by students on the waiting list. If previously confirmed students arrive after the chaperone has taken waiting list students, the original students can only join the tour if there is still space remaining at that point. Only students who are on the original list or on the specific tour waiting list may attend the tour–those are the only names submitted to the host site.


You must be registered for NYC18 to sign up. You must have a valid ID with you at the convention and on the tour. The name you fill out on the form must match the name on your ID.


All chaperone spots have been filled.

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