New to the Beat Program

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Overview

New to the Beat Program
Deadline: April 5 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time

The Education Writers Association is offering — for the second year in a row — a unique opportunity to support reporters who are new to the education beat.

The New to the Beat program blends special programming at EWA’s National Seminar (in Boston this year) with ongoing, customized assistance. Each participant will be paired with a veteran journalist who will serve as a mentor for six months.

The Education Writers Association is offering — for the second year in a row — a unique opportunity to support reporters who are new to the education beat.

The New to the Beat program blends special programming at EWA’s National Seminar (in Boston this year) with ongoing, customized assistance. Each participant will be paired with a veteran journalist who will serve as a mentor for six months.

Through a competitive application process, EWA will select up to 20 recruits for New to the Beat, which received strong feedback from last year’s participants. (The program is for reporters with fewer than two years of experience covering education.)

The half-day orientation at EWA’s National Seminar on May 1 will cover the beat fundamentals, including how to access open records, key sources of information, tips for interviewing students, and assessing and using education research in reporting.

In addition to the mentorship and additional support from EWA’s public editor, participants will benefit from specialized programming, webinars, and resources geared to their needs. Reporters will be expected to produce at least one substantive news story that reflects new skills and knowledge gained as a result of participation in the program.

The application process includes completing a brief survey and submitting a letter of support from a newsroom supervisor. The selected reporters will receive a scholarship to EWA’s 69th National Seminar in Boston, May 1–3, 2016.

Both K-12 and higher education reporters are encouraged to apply for New to the Beat. Deadline is April 5 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time.

Thanks for your interest. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016 program.

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New to the Beat Program: FAQs

Who is eligible to apply for New to the Beat?

Applicants must be journalist members of the Education Writers Association, with less than two years experience covering education. (Not yet a member? Apply here.)

I’ve been a journalist for more than two years but this is my first time on the education beat. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes!

Do I have to be a K-12 education reporter to apply?

We welcome applications from reporters who are covering education from preschool through higher ed.