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Register Now: Jan. 26 Release Event for The State of the Education Beat Report
Survey of journalists reveals impact, obstacles, and what needs to change in profession

Education is at the center of the news like never before. But what obstacles do education journalists face as they seek to inform the public? What do they see as the most important issues in education today? And what do they believe needs to change about their own profession?

For answers to these and other questions, join us January 26 at 1 p.m. Eastern time for the release of The State of the Education Beat report, based on a national survey of education journalists. The report was produced for EWA by the EdWeek Research Center.

Following a short video presentation, you’ll hear from a distinguished panel of journalists and experts, and have a chance to ask questions. The panel will feature: 

  • Greg Toppo, president, EWA Board of Directors (moderator) 
  • Erica Green, education reporter, The New York Times
  • Jason Gonzales, education reporter, Chalkbeat Colorado
  • Caroline Hendrie, executive director, EWA
  • Holly Kurtz, director, EdWeek Research Center

Register Now for the Event

Register Now: Jan. 26 Release Event for The State of the Education Beat Report

How Will Your Community Benefit From the New $81 Billion in Pandemic Relief for Education?
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How Will Your Community Benefit From the New $81 Billion in Pandemic Relief for Education?
Experts explain ins and outs of new aid flowing to schools and universities, and how to track it

More than $81 billion in new stimulus aid is coming to schools and universities as part of the new federal COVID relief measure. Get a quick introduction to tracking the money that will flow to the schools you cover in this EWA webinar.

Two policy experts explain:

Blog: The Educated Reporter

Covering Education Amid Threats of War or Terrorism
Veteran education journalists offer suggestions on working through national security threats

On the spectacular blue-skied morning of 9/11/2001, I was a staff writer for U.S News & World Report attending a not particularly exciting press conference a few blocks from the White House. Suddenly, someone burst into the room and announced “Our nation is under attack.” We all rushed outside, where thousands of office workers were milling in the streets because the government and all transportation had just been shut down. Warnings of a plane heading toward the White House (and, thus, us) sparked through the crowd like an electric arc. 

Blog: The Educated Reporter

How Journalists Can Fact-Check Highly Emotional Stories
Misinformation on social media runs rampant during protests over George Floyd's death

Are left-leaning extremists inciting riots in Idaho? Is a Minnesota McDonald’s burning after protests? Did a protestor steal a Chicago police horse?

No, no and no. All of these claims — which were all shared widely on social media — are false. But in highly emotional situations like demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd, misinformation and disinformation can take on a life of its own on social media.

Here are several resources for combating misinformation in your reporting — and some examples of debunked stories.

Blog: Higher Ed Beat

A Reporter’s Guide to Covering Campus Protests

Long the site of sit-ins, protests, and acts of civil disobedience, college campuses have, once again, become flash points for broader debates around race, free speech, and other highly-emotive issues.

Lisa Pemberton, an award-winning journalist and news team leader for The Olympian, knows well the challenges of covering protests, having spent much of her time recently covering racial tension and student protests at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

P-12 Topic

Federal K-12 Policy & Funding

While states and local school districts control day-to-day operations in classrooms and provide most of the funding to schools, the federal government’s importance in both areas should not be discounted. It plays a significant role in promoting educational equity and protecting students’ civil rights, and has influenced everything from school accountability systems and academic standards to school safety and the education of students with disabilities.  

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EWA Radio

‘Targeted:’ Sheriff Secretly Used School Records to Profile Students
Shool officials, parents had no knowledge of controversial program using grades, family histories to ID kids as potential criminals.
(EWA Radio: Episode 257)

In Pasco County, Florida, the sheriff’s department used students’ school records, including their grades and information about their family lives, to identify them as potential troublemakers.

What Education Reporters Need to Know About the Science of COVID-19
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What Education Reporters Need to Know About the Science of COVID-19

As scientific understanding of the novel coronavirus continues to evolve, states, school systems, and higher education institutions must weigh what is known — and unknown  — about the risks to guide decision-making. What’s the appropriate threshold to reopen or close schools? What safety precautions are most important on campuses? The list of questions goes on. 

Announcement

Save The Date for EWA’s 2021 National Seminar
EWA's 74th annual gathering to be held May 2-5, 2021

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce our 74th National Seminar will be held May 2-5, 2021.

This event, traditionally the largest gathering of education journalists and communicators of the year, is in the planning stages, so please see our FAQ and stay tuned for more details.

We can’t wait to gather with you and the rest of the EWA community this coming May. 

Thinking about sponsorship opportunities? Our development director Rachel Wolin can help.

Blog: The Educated Reporter

It’s Not Just About Voting: How Character, Civic Discourse Factor Into Post-Election Lessons
After bruising election cycle, schools are helping students make sense of the political upheaval

A month before Americans voted in the presidential election, the Pew Research Center polled registered Democrats and Republicans to ask what they thought about each other’s political leanings. Pew’s conclusion? The country’s voters “have rarely been as polarized as they are today.”

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EWA Radio

When Schools Get Hacked
In the COVID-19 pandemic, vulnerable K-12 and college systems are increasingly paying millions to unlock hijacked computer networks from hackers.
(EWA Radio: Episode 255)

Across the country, increasingly aggressive hackers are breaking into school computer systems and holding sensitive student information for ransom.  Education leaders often quietly pay big bucks to regain control of their networks.

What’s Happening With College Behind Bars?
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What’s Happening With College Behind Bars?

The vast majority of the 2.2 million Americans behind bars get almost no formal higher educational services, meaning they have little opportunity to develop new skills that might help them thrive upon release. 

But now, despite today’s polarized political environment, there’s a bipartisan push to improve prisoners’ access to higher education. Proposals such as Pell Grants for prisoners and STEM training programs for the incarcerated are winning support from Republicans and Democrats.