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Message From EWA's Director
If you haven't heard the news, EWA's 65th National Seminar
will take place May 17-19, 2012, in Philadelphia. An estimated 250
reporters, authors, producers, editors, researchers, bloggers, and
others will gather for three days of in-depth discussions, site visits,
newsmaker speeches, and interactive workshops on education and its
coverage. Winners of the National Awards for Education Reporting will be
honored at the event, and the winner of the contest's grand prize will
be announced. And for the first time, EWA has decided to hold its 2012
flagship conference at a university. After a competitive process, we
accepted the proposal of the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate
School of Education, which teamed up with the American Educational
Research Association to co-host the event. This arrangement will help
EWA more easily tap into the expertise of leading education scholars
even as we tailor the conference to meet the unique needs and interests
of journalists who cover education at all levels. Stay tuned for agenda
and registration details in the coming weeks. For sponsorship
opportunities, please contact Stephanie Cvetetic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you in Philly!
EdMedia Commons is now open to all EWA members! This great new
resource will be home to a wide range of content you won't be able to
get anywhere else. If you want to connect with your colleagues across
the country, workshop new story ideas, and interact with education
experts and newsmakers, you need to be a part of EMC.
If you haven't signed up yet, click here to set up your account. It only takes a few seconds, and it's a free benefit of your EWA membership.
Fall 2011 Higher Education Seminar
EWA's next Higher Education Seminar will take place November 4-5 at
the University of California, Los Angeles. Approximately 50 higher
education journalists will gather with dozens of newsmakers, scholars,
and other experts to explore a constellation of complex topics in higher
for event information and to register. EWA offers travel subsidies for
reporters who need assistance to attend our conferences. Please note, this seminar is for working journalists only. Contact Stephanie Cvetetic at email@example.com or 202.677.4271 for more information.
This event is made possible by a grant from the Lumina Foundation. It is sponsored by Pearson and hosted by UCLA.
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NYT Column Highlights EWA Role in Cheating Coverage
EWA Immediate Past President Dale Mezzacappa is featured prominently in a July 31 column
in The New York Times about possible cheating in as many as 89
Pennsylvania schools. Columnist Michael Winerip notes that the genesis
of the coverage in the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, where
Mezzacappa is contributing editor, was a session on investigating
suspicious test-score patterns at the EWA's 64th National Seminar in New