Comparative Social Policy student to write for New York Times

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Tyler Pager is one of our current cohort of MSc Comparative Social Policy students, and he’s just won a prestigious trip with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Nicholas Kristof. We caught up with Tyler this week to find out more about why he came to Oxford, and how he is developing his passion for journalism.

You’ve got a background in journalism – what made you choose the MSc in Social Policy?

While reporting on politics in Washington, I found myself drawn to debates about the intricacies of policy as much to the stories about political dynamics. As an undergraduate, I studied journalism and political science, but I felt I could really benefit from a stronger policy background. The MSc in Comparative Social Policy offered the most comprehensive program, and I knew spending a year at Oxford would give me the theoretical and practical training I was looking for.

How are you finding the course so far?

So far, I have found the course has exceeded my expectations. In particular, I have really benefited from the framework the course has provided to analyse policy development and implementation. Additionally, the range of specific policy areas has given me a deeper understanding of the many pressing social issues governments are trying to tackle. I’ve also appreciated the opportunity for specification through our options courses and thesis work. I’m excited to use what I’ve learned from my coursework to better inform my reporting.

Tell us about the trip you’ll be taking this spring.

In March, I will be traveling with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof to report on issues of global poverty and social justice. While our final destination is still to be determined, it is likely we will be traveling to the Central African Republic. Each year, Nick picks one student to travel with him to report in countries that are often neglected by mainstream media outlets. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to report on these issues and learn from Nick.

Find out more about Tyler’s upcoming trip here.

BREAKING NEWS! 31/1/2018 We can now share that Tyler will also be spending time this summer on the NYT Metro newsdesk through the Reston Fellowship. 

Mary Daly, course director for MSc Comparative Social Policy, comments:

Our congratulations to Tyler! This is a prestigious achievement for him and is also very relevant to the work and interests of the Department. Making this trip to Africa will give him the opportunity to see first-hand the prevailing social conditions and to think about the challenges that these pose for social policy. We will ensure that the faculty and students of the Department will have the opportunity to benefit from his experiences and insights once he returns.


Stay tuned for more on this story once Tyler has completed his exciting trip!