Earlier this month, Rolling Stone magazine published a story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, which resulted in outrage, shock, and a temporary suspension of all fraternities and sororities at the vaunted institution of higher education. But now, serious questions have been raised about freelance writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s reporting, as well as Rolling Stone’s decision to publish the story without stronger verification.
It wasn’t long ago unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the Texas border made the headlines of every major news network in the country — stories often accompanied by haunting pictures of children huddled together in holding facilities or sleeping on the floor.
So what ever happened to all those children? The Pew Research Center revealed the answer in a new report Thursday.
December 15, 2014Eric Gorski of The Denver Post for EWA
By now, many education reporters have written many times over about a new generation of standardized tests coming this spring. Most of the time, reporters have little space and use shorthand to explain that the exams are supposed to be more rigorous and measure critical thinking. Often, there is too much telling and not enough showing.
EWA welcomes entries for its 2014 National Awards for Education Reporting.
All media may participate in the contest. So whether your work appeared in print or online, on TV or the radio, or all of the above, we’re eager to recognize excellence on the education beat.
EWA is pleased to announce an increase in the cash awards for this year’s winners. First-prize recipients receive a $250 award, while the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting comes with a $2,500 award. All winners will be honored during a banquet at EWA’s 2015 National Seminar, held April 20–22 in Chicago.
EWA—the only professional organization for members of the news media who specialize in education—has honored distinguished journalism since the 1960s, furthering the association’s mission of increasing the quantity and quality of education coverage to create a better-informed public.
In Watertown, N.Y., the local school district recently debated scaling back field trips for students, with administrators citing the cost of providing transportation and chaperones – money that instead needs to be devoted to more purely academic endeavors.
This academic year marks a critical juncture for the Common Core, as most states gear up to assess students on the shared standards for the first time. Are states, districts, and schools ready? What about states that are reviewing or have rescinded the standards? How can reporters make sense of it all? There’s no shortage of compelling angles to pursue in this complex and fast-evolving story—rendered all the more so by the political tussles erupting over the new standards and tests.
December 5, 2014Annie Martin of the Daytona Beach News-Journal for EWA
Wealthy students have long outpaced their disadvantaged peers in American schools. That disparity bears more weight than ever as standardized tests become one of the main measures for holding schools and teachers accountable.
November 26, 2014FEBRUARY 27, 2015 - FEBRUARY 28, 2015DENVER, CO
Charter schools. Vouchers. Education tax credits. The “portfolio” model of schooling in cities. It’s nearly impossible to find consensus on these hot-button issues, but one thing is clear: American families are seeing more school options at the K-12 level than ever before, especially in urban areas. And the Republican gains in the 2014 elections at the federal and state levels are widely expected to provide further impetus for expanding school choice.
As more research emerges on the sizable effect school principals have on student learning, some experts are asking whether removing principals who are rated poorly can lead to learning gains among students.
EWA’s National Seminar will gather some 500 journalists, experts, and supporting community members for dozens of sessions, including standalone speakers, panel discussions, how-to workshops, and visits to sites of interest. With its focus on financial issues, the National Seminar will arm attendees with new ideas for compelling stories on everything from salary schedules and bond issues to the burdens on families struggling to pay for preschool or college. At the same time, it will sharpen participants’ skills at making the most of their resources for producing high-quality coverage.
Treasure Coast Newspapers seeks an aggressive education reporter to cover three school districts: Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River. We focus on enterprise, analysis and investigations on regional issues, particularly revealing how districts spend taxpayer money and how effectively schools educate students. We heavily emphasize social media, digital storytelling and digital-first, real-time reporting. The ideal candidate would have at least 3 years’ experience as a newspaper reporter and some experience covering education. A clean valid Florida driver’s license is required.