EWA Announces Winners of National Reporting Contest
Grand-Prize for 2012
A project that took 10 years of persistence to document disturbing patterns of absenteeism in Chicago Public Schools won EWA's Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting for 2012. The Chicago Tribune received the award for “An Empty-Desk Epidemic,” which demonstrated how students racked up missed days of school even as early as kindergarten. School officials ignored the problem.
The Education Writers Association announced the award May 4, 2013, at its 66th National Seminar, “Creativty Counts: Innovation in Education and the Media."
Other Winners of the 2012 Contest
At the May 2013 National Seminar, EWA also recognized the winners of the 2012 education reporting contest. The prizes honored dogged journalism, accomplished storytelling, and insightful analysis produced by print, radio and online media outlets across the country.
The 62 winning entries, chosen from among hundreds of submissions, came from newsrooms as small as nursery schools and as large as college dormitories. First-place winners were eligible for the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize; the winner was announced on May 4th during EWA’s 66th National Seminar. All winners were honored at the event, which was held from May 2-4 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
Contest judging was conducted independently, under the direction of Chief Judge Tamara M. Cooke Henry, Ph.D., of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland. In all, 25 judges reviewed hundreds of submissions, many coming within a hair's breadth of winning one of the three prizes possible in each category.
The judges are: Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle; James Bettinger, Stanford University; Daarel Burnette II, The Atlanta Journal Constitution; Michael Alison Chandler, The Washington Post; Martha Dalton, WABE News; Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette; Carole Feldman, The Associated Press; Bill Graves, The Oregonian; Richard Green, The Hartford Courant; Cathy Grimes, Daily Press; Danyell Irby, National Public Radio; Cindy Johnston, National Public Radio; Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed; Julia McEvoy, KQED; Nancy Mitchell, formerly of EdNews Colorado and now at the Colorado Department of Education; Dave Murray, MLive; Brock Read, The Chronicle of Higher Education; Monica Rhor, formerly of The Associated Press and Houston Chronicle and now a journalism instructor; Erin Richards, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Jennifer Ruark, The Chronicle of Higher Education; Scott Smallwood, The Chronicle of Higher Education; Miles Smith, WJLA; ; Michael Squires, The Arizona Republic; and Dorie Turner, formerly of the Associated Press and now at the Georgia Department of Education.
No judge reviewed an entry submitted by his or her current or recent employer.
The winning entries can be viewed at EWA’s EdMedia Commons.
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