The Tico Times, an award-winning weekly that was the first English-language newspaper in Central America, was founded in 1956 by veteran U.S. newswoman Elisabeth (Betty) Dyer after a group of seniors from San José’s Lincoln School asked her to give them some tips on journalism. Little did she know that more than 50 years later the paper would survive and thrive.
Always a pioneer, The Tico Times was the first newspaper in Costa Rica to print color photos on its front page, the first to practice investigative reporting and the first to cover environmental issues. It has also been a leader in the hemisphere’s fight for press freedom; former publisher Richard Dyer fought a 20-year battle against the obligatory licensing of journalists, which resulted in the abolition of Costa Rica’s licensing law in 1995 and earned Dyer the Inter-American Press Association’s Grand Prize for Freedom of the Press that year.
The small but mighty Tico Times has also reaped other prestigious awards, including the IAPA-Pedro G. Beltran Award for Distinguished Service to the Community (1981), a Special Citation from Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Awards (1985), the National Conservation Prize (1990), the Salvation Army’s Other Awards (1998) and the National Tourism Chambers Media Award (1998).
We also continue to welcome students and aspiring journalists from all over the world, and are proud that many of our grads have gone on to top jobs with major newspapers and magazines in the United States, Canada and Europe.
If you are interested in working as an intern in the editorial department of The Tico Times (we offer both reporting and photography internships), please click here.