Education journalists have the critically important task of informing the public about education at the local, state, and national levels. But little is known about this sector of the news media. What does this workforce look like? Do education journalists believe their work matters? Are they satisfied in their jobs? What challenges does the field face to better informing public dialogue on education?
You’re on deadline, and you want to know if the new report that plopped on your desk comes from an organization with an agenda. You have a simple question you want answered fast, or a complex project you want to talk through. You’re new to the beat and having trouble getting officials, or middle schoolers, to talk to you. Or you’ve been on the beat forever and are dying for a new take on the snow-day story, the budget-rollout story, or the perennial story about college-admissions angst.
Whatever your needs, the public editor will be there to help.
The Glossary of Education Reform (edglossary.org) is a public, online resource that defines and describes major terms, concepts, and strategies in public-education reform. The website was created by the Great Schools Partnership in collaboration with the Education Writers Association and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.
EWA has a listserv focused on P-12 education and another focused on postsecondary.
Topics on both lists are wide-ranging. The listservs are great places to find sources in a hurry, or to pick your colleagues’ brains about reporting strategy.
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The EWA Reporting Fellowship provides financial awards to education journalists to undertake ambitious reporting and writing projects. The EWA Reporting Fellows are selected by EWA through a competitive application process. Each fellow receives a financial award to support an education reporting project, as well as other assistance.
The Education Writers Association is offering — for the third year in a row — a unique opportunity to support reporters who are new to the education beat.
The New to the Beat program blends specialized programming at EWA’s National Seminar (in Washington, D.C. this year) with ongoing, customized assistance. Each participant will be paired with a veteran journalist who will serve as a mentor for six months.