2018 Awards

Overview Rick Wilson

2018 EWA National Awards for Education Reporting

The Education Writers Association’s National Awards for Education Reporting advance education journalism by recognizing the field’s very best efforts. The awards' goals are to:

  • Encourage and inspire more and better education journalism;
  • Underscore the importance of excellent coverage and storytelling as a cornerstone of democracy and education.

All media may participate in the awards. So whether your work appeared in print or online, on TV or the radio, or all of the above, we’re eager to recognize excellence on the education beat.

The Education Writers Association’s National Awards for Education Reporting advance education journalism by recognizing the field’s very best efforts. The awards’ goals are to:

  • Encourage and inspire more and better education journalism;
  • Underscore the importance of excellent coverage and storytelling as a cornerstone of democracy and education.

All media may participate in the awards. So whether your work appeared in print or online, on TV or the radio, or all of the above, we’re eager to recognize excellence on the education beat.

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Lessons From the Higher Ed Beat
David Jesse of Detroit Free Press wins top EWA Award for coverage of MSU, Larry Nassar scandal
(EWA Radio: Episode 206)

Reporter David Jesse’s scoops went so deep in covering the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal at Michigan State University that some campus officials wondered if he was being cc’ed on internal emails. Nassar, a physician affiliated with MSU’s athletics program, was sentenced to 70 years in prison for sexually abusing students who were his patients at the campus clinic, as well as members of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team. The university’s president also resigned in the wake of the fallout. Jesse, who’s been covering higher education at the Detroit Free Press for nearly a decade, won the Moskowitz Prize in this year’s EWA National Awards for Education Reporting.

Announcement Rick Wilson

NPR’s Claudio Sanchez Wins Inaugural EWA Lifetime Achievement Prize
Fellow education journalists honor Sanchez for his 30-year career covering education

The Education Writers Association announced today that Claudio Sanchez, a longtime education reporter for NPR, was awarded EWA’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Prize, which was inspired by the late EWA board president Mike Bowler.   

Sanchez, who worked as a teacher before becoming a radio reporter, spent 30 years covering education for NPR. He retired in January.

Information Emily Richmond

2018 Award Categories

The Education Writers Association adjusted the awards categories for 2018 to account for changes in the ways journalists present their work and to emphasize the benefit that investigative and explanatory journalism offers communities.

Among the most important changes: a broadening of the standard categories to include journalism in any media. Now the News, Feature, Beat, Public Service and Eddie categories will accept entries of any and all media types. And the new Audio and Visual categories will accept entries from any independent news outlet.

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The 2018 Eddie Prize

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The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce that it will again administer the Eddie Prize, the journalism prize from The Edwin Gould Foundation that recognizes the best work on the challenges low-income students face getting into and/or completing college.

Information Emily Richmond

2018 Award Rules

The deadline to enter the 2018 EWA Awards contest was Dec. 15, 2018. Finalists will be notified of their status in Spring 2019, and winners will be announced at EWA’s 2019 National Seminar. 

Webinar

EWA 2018 Awards Mini-Webinar
Learn about the new awards application and categories in less than 30 minutes.

EWA 2018 Awards Mini-Webinar

Education Writers Association Assistant Director Kim Clark leads this 30-minute webinar to give journalists a first-hand look at changes to the National Awards for Education Reporting, including new categories, rules, and a new online application platform.

Entries to the EWA awards contest will be accepted from 9 a.m. ET Nov. 15 to Midnight PT Dec. 15.

Our new entry form will provide you with a quick and easy process for submitting your work.

Announcement Rick Wilson

Call for Education Journalism Awards Entries
National Awards for Education Reporting offer $10,000 top prize

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 National Awards for Education Reporting. Journalists may submit entries from 9 a.m. EST Nov. 15 through midnight PST Dec. 15, 2018.

Professional journalists who have published work in 2018 on any educational topic in any medium are encouraged to enter the contest, which features a total of 19 prizes with cash awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.