Summer Reading Contest, Week 6: What Interested You Most in The Times This Week?

Summer Reading Contest, Week 6: What Interested You Most in The Times This Week?

Welcome to Week Six of our Tenth Annual Summer Reading Contest.

To participate, just post a comment here by 9 a.m. Eastern on July 26 that answers the questions “What interested you most in The Times this week? Why?”

What should you choose? Well, as you know from the rules we’ve posted, you can pick anything published on in 2019, including articles, essays, Op-Eds, videos, photos, podcasts or infographics.

So what did you read, watch or listen to this week?

Some weeks a news event dominates headlines and conversation, and this week that event was President Trump telling four minority congresswomen that they should “go back” to the countries they came from rather than “loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States” how to run the government.

If this is a story you’d like to write about, you can also find news and news analysis about the attacks and the events that followed, from the House vote to condemn the remarks as racist to chants of “Send her back!” at a Trump rally to Mr. Trump’s disavowal of those chants. You can see what happened when The Times asked readers “Have You Been Told to ‘Go Back’ to Your Country Even Though You Are American?” and 16,000 people answered. Finally, via the Opinion section, you can listen to an episode of The Argument podcast on the question, Will Trump’s Racism Sink the G.O.P.?, or you can read some of the work of the many Op-Ed columnists who wrote about the topic (linked below).

We hope you’ll click around and find your own great articles, features and multimedia, but we know that not everyone who participates has a Times subscription. Because all links to Times content from the student features on our site are free, every week we’ll try to help by posting interesting pieces from a variety of sections.


In the Squad, Trump Finds His Foil

So This Is Where We Are

Trump’s Message: Love It or Leave It, With a Bigoted Edge

Donald Trump Wishes He Were Running Against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Racism Comes Out of the Closet

Trump’s America Is a ‘White Man’s Country’

Trump Is Racist to the Bone

How Not to Insult Donald Trump


Whatever caught your eye, tell us about it in the comments.

Need more details? The contest rules are all here, and you can read the work of last year’s winners here. A quick overview, though:

• You can choose from anything published in the print paper or on in 2019, including videos, graphics and photographs. (In your response, please include the URL or headline of the piece you pick.)

• We’ll post this question each Friday from today through Aug. 16, and you’ll have until the next Friday morning to respond with your picks. Then we’ll close that post and open a new one with the same question.

• We’ll choose at least one favorite answer to feature on our site each week. Winners from this week will be announced on Aug. 6.

• Feel free to participate each week, but we allow only one submission per person per week.

New for 2019: Students in the United States and the United Kingdom must be between 13 to 19 years old to participate. However, if you are submitting from anywhere else in the world, you must be between 16 to 19 years old. Please see The New York Times’s terms of service for more details.


While this is the only Student Opinion question we’ll be asking this summer, here is our section that features hundreds of writing prompts still open to comment.