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Why Education Reporters Should Approach Rising Anti-LGBTQ Sentiments As a Public Health Issue
What do journalists need to know to effectively cover LGBTQ students? Those knowledgeable on the issues provide insight.

Classrooms are bearing the brunt of anti-LGBTQ sentiments surging in the U.S. How are educators and school districts responding? How do journalists go about unpacking the issues, especially when vulnerable groups – children and teenagers – are personally affected? What are the risks to sources in doing this reporting?

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EWA Tip Sheet: How to Cover Students’ Academic Recovery
Get background, tips and story ideas for covering academic recovery, and any resulting achievement gaps, at K-12 and higher education institutions.

More than two years into the pandemic, colleges and schools are trying to help students make up for lost instructional time. 

What’s ahead on the path to academic recovery? Experts offered their perspectives on what reporters should look for and be mindful of during a session at the Education Writers Association’s 2022 National Seminar.  

The panel agreed that students have a lot of ground to make up because of the disruption, though all students don’t have the same distance to go. 

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Emily Richmond Takes a Temporary Break As Public Editor. But EWA Radio Continues!
Emily is taking a leave of absence as EWA's public editor. She joins the Spencer Education Fellowship, a program run by Columbia University. Emily hands over the mic to Kavitha Cardoza, who's filling in for her this year. (EWA Radio Episode 297)

As Emily Richmond says goodbye (temporarily!), she looks into the early history of integration and present-day landscape of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), which serves nearly 67,000 students from military connected families at its campuses both in the U.S. and abroad.

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How to Fund Your Dream Reporting Project
14 organizations will provide financial and editorial support to education journalists.

Editor’s note: This story was updated Aug. 19, 2022.

Here’s some rare good financial news for education journalists: If you have an idea for an ambitious education-related story – and a realistic plan for executing it – a growing number of organizations will provide grants or other resources to support your reporting.

Representatives from several organizations, and some fellowship winners, shared tips and strategies for getting help to make reporting dreams a reality.

Video: Lunch Break With Ms. Joyce Abbott at EWA’s 75th National Seminar
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Video: Lunch Break With Ms. Joyce Abbott at EWA’s 75th National Seminar
The namesake for the ABC sitcom 'Abbott Elementary' discusses public education and more.

Ms. Joyce Abbott, the namesake for the ABC sitcom “Abbott Elementary,” joined the Education Writers Association’s 75th National Seminar on July 24, 2022.

In a Q&A during lunch time at the conference, Abbott discusses her remarkable career as an educator in Philadelphia and the current landscape for public education.

  • Joyce Abbott, Philadelphia School District (retired)
  • Erica Green, The New York Times (moderator)

 

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Reporting on College Affordability? Keep 3 Lessons in Mind.
The Education Department’s James Kvaal speaks about the future of higher education and the Biden administration’s role.

As education journalists analyze new federal higher education proposals and the continuing public debate about student loan forgiveness, a panel featuring a top U.S. Department of Education official offers some lessons to keep in mind.

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Revisiting America’s Reading Wars
As momentum builds to change reading instruction, Lucy Calkins, chief architect of popular method, retreats from prior stance
(EWA Radio Episode 295)

For decades, millions of children have been taught to read using a popular method that’s out of step with the scientific research on how our brains really learn. Amid pushback and criticism – including from researchers, parents, and education journalists – that’s starting to change.

Announcement

EWA Announces 14th Class of Reporting Fellows

The Education Writers Association is pleased to welcome its 14th class of EWA Reporting Fellows. This program is part of the organization’s drive to support enterprising journalism that informs the public about consequential issues in education.

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Education Journalist Kavitha Cardoza Joins EWA

EWA is delighted to announce an addition to our team: veteran education journalist Kavitha Cardoza. She will serve as public editor for a year while Emily Richmond is on leave for the Spencer Education Fellowship at Columbia University. Kavitha’s first day was June 1.

Emily Richmond, EWA’s public editor since 2011, will spend the 2022-23 academic year researching and reporting on the U.S. Department of Defense’s K-12 schools, which serve more than 67,000 students from military-connected families around the globe. 

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Covering Parent Activism and Engagement? Go Beyond Critical Race Theory
‘Sexy headlines’ about the latest education controversy often grab attention. Learn why reporters shouldn’t limit their coverage. Plus, get research and the history of parent engagement in education.

A new generation of parent activists has arrived, and its members are far more concerned with “ballot boxes, legislative agendas and school district policy priorities than bake sales,” according to a new report from the public policy think tank FutureEd.

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Agenda: EWA 75th National Seminar
July 24-26, 2022

The Education Writers Association’s 75th anniversary National Seminar will provide a long-awaited opportunity for the community that cares about high-quality education journalism to gather in person for three days of networking, training and inspiration.

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EWA Announces Finalists for 2021 National Awards for Education Reporting

May 18, 2022 (WASHINGTON, DC)—The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the category finalists for the 2021 National Awards for Education Reporting, recognizing the top education journalism in the United States.

In a year featuring dramatic disputes over masking, vaccines, school closures, and diversity, finalists adroitly covered high-profile controversies ranging from efforts to address racism in schools to the way educators handled instruction during the pandemic. 

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Gun Violence in Schools and Communities: A Conversation With Journalists

It’s probably every reporter’s worst nightmare: Your co-worker rushes over from the police scanner and blurts out, “Active shooter at Such-and-Such School.”

When that happened to South Florida Sun-Sentinel education reporter Scott Travis on Valentine’s Day 2018, “I headed there hoping more than anything that this was a false alarm,” he told EWA seminar attendees May 6. But he was headed to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.