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Message From EWA's Director
In an effort to update and clarify EWA's bylaws, the board of
directors has approved an amendment to rename and redefine the
association’s two main membership categories. Under the amendment,
“active members” would become “journalist members” and “associate
members” would be relabeled “advocate members.” The two categories would
also be redefined to draw clearer and more relevant distinctions
between the two types of membership. In addition, the board has approved
an amendment allowing for greater flexibility in the board's make-up
while still requiring that the board president be a working journalist.
Now the board invites you—EWA’s membership—to vote on the proposed
amendments. Please review the amendments and then cast your ballot.
Slate of EWA Board Officers Announced
President Dale Mezzacappa has put forward a slate of officers to lead
the EWA Board of Directors, starting at the close of the board's annual
meeting in June.
President: Stephanie Banchero, The Wall Street Journal
Vice President/Journalist: Scott Elliott, The Indianapolis Star
Vice President/Advocate: Kent Fischer, GMMB Associates
Secretary: Kathryn Baron, Thoughts on Public Education
Immediate Past President: Dale Mezzacappa, Philadelphia Public School Notebook
Additional candidates may be nominated by any three members in good
standing. These nominations must be received by the nominating committee
no later than May 10, 2011. Please e-mail nominations to Stephanie
Cvetetic, Marketing and Development Coordinator, email@example.com
Hechinger Grand Prize Winner
Congratulations to the Bloomberg News team of Dan Golden, John Hechinger, and John Lauerman for winning the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting! EWA announced the Grand Prize Winners at its annual conference in New Orleans on April 9.
The project investigated how millions of low-income students face
daunting debt and limited job prospects after being promised the
American dream of a college education. In the investigative series, the
team detailed how the for-profit higher education industry cost U.S.
taxpayers billions of dollars by targeting low-income students who
receive federal financial aid.
John Hechinger, the son of Fred M. Hechinger, for whom the prize is
named, accepted the award on behalf of his colleagues. He described his
father’s pride in EWA, an organization the elder Hechinger helped form.
“My father was passionate about EWA because he believed that
education reporting needed a strong advocate in every newsroom,” he
said. “He would be so delighted to see the amazing work that all of you
are doing today—examining teacher training and evaluation, drop-outs,
school spending and so many other subjects.”
Highlights From EWA's 64th National Seminar in NOLA
Keep an eye on Ed Beat: the
first reports from the conference are already published, and many more
are on the way (you can still check out the conference Twitter feed for a limited time).
Many of you have written about sessions/happenings from New Orleans on your own blogs. We've prepared a roundup, but if you have any links to add, please send the URL's to Glen Baity, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2011 Higher Education Seminar Sponsorship Opportunity
Approximately 50 higher education journalists will gather with dozens
of newsmakers, scholars, philanthropists and other experts at the Fall
2011 Higher Education Seminar. This well-respected event will
investigate a variety of complex topics in higher education today.
Be among a small and select group of supporters to connect with top
journalists in a salon-like setting at the nation’s leading training
event for reporters who cover higher education.
Contact Stephanie Cvetetic, Marketing and Development Coordinator, at email@example.com or 202.677.4271 for more information.