29 August, 2017Print


Bringing Current Events into the Classroom

OZY EDU kicks off a nationwide college tour, hosting live events at 10+ of the country’s top Universities


Mountain View, CA—August 29, 2017— OZY Media, the daily information source for important stories told nowhere else, announced today the launch of OZY EDU, a program to bring current events into college classrooms across the country and around the globe. OZY Media, already the first and favorite news source among over 100,000 professors, teachers and students, will offer editorial content, interactive online resources, dedicated email newsletters, and more, tailored specifically to the classroom setting.

“As the first media organization dedicated to the change generation, OZY is committed to supporting educators who cultivate curiosity and promote exploration,” says Carlos Watson, OZY co-founder and CEO. “With the launch of OZY EDU, we’re transitioning from ardent supporters to active participants. We are excited to partner with professors, teachers, schools and universities to enhance resources and create unforgettable experiences, giving everyone the opportunity to see beyond the walls of the classroom and be a student of the world.” 

As a part of the launch of OZY EDU, OZY is kicking off a nationwide college tour, visiting 10+ colleges and universities, engaging professors and students through live events. The first stop on “The Future of Knowledge College Tour” is Stanford University, where OZY will be hosting The Future of Work Symposium, featuring C-Suite executives from leading Silicon Valley technology companies including TaskRabbit, Coursera, LinkedIn, and more. The event will explore the changing definition of work, and how leaders in education and industry can work together to ensure they’re preparing the students of today for the jobs of tomorrow. OZY EDU partnered with SurveyMonkey to conduct stage setting research on this topic, which can be found here.

Among the first stops on the college tour include, Georgetown, Clark Atlanta, Columbia, Harvard.

OZY EDU will be led by Executive Director of Academic Affairs Dr. Crystal Rose.

The launch of OZY EDU formalizes OZY Media’s longstanding commitment to enhancing education, through provocative content, award programs, opportunities for entrepreneurship, and internships. The signature OZY Genius Awards, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, offer ten college students up to $10,000, along with the time and resources to pursue their genius idea. The OZY Genius Awards aim to support and celebrate the next Albert Einstein, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey or Wendy Kopp, as they write groundbreaking books, film thought provoking documentaries, launch industry-disrupting companies, or create game-changing social change movements.

OZY Media champions and celebrates teachers with the OZY Educator Awards, allowing readers to nominate educators that have changed their lives and the lives of others, and share their stories on OZY.com. OZY also offers paid internships for college age students year round. Education is a part of OZY's DNA, shaping its coverage and inspiring its leadership and staff. OZY founder Carlos Watson grew is the son of two teachers and later founded a successful education company, Acheiva College Prep (sold to Kaplan). OZY investor, contributor and board member Laurene Powell Jobs, has made education her life’s work. Powell is founder and chair of Emerson Collective, an organization that supports social entrepreneurs and organizations working in the areas of education and social justice, and of the non-profit College Track, which helps prepare low-income students for college. And investor and board director Louise Rogers spent many years and CEO and Chair of TES Global, the largest network of teachers in the world.



About OZY Media

With 25 million monthly unique users and 2 million subscribers, OZY brings readers “the new the next,” offering 100 percent original content with a focus on the future, via unique OZY News, OZY Magazine, OZY TV and OZY Events products. Called “the new media magnet for the news hungry” by Fortune magazine, OZY’s in-depth and high-quality journalism has attracted a number of high-profile media partners including The New York Times, NPR, PBS NewsHour, TED, The Financial Times, The Huffington Post and many more, as well as guest editors including Bill Gates, President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Founded in 2013 by Emmy Award–winning journalist Carlos Watson and co-founder Samir Rao, the OZY team is based in Mountain View, California, and backed by leading Silicon Valley investors including Laurene Powell Jobs, Ron Conway, David Drummond, Larry Sonsini and Dan Rosensweig and a significant investment from publishing giant Axel Springer