2019 EWA National Seminar

Overview

72nd EWA National Seminar
Renaissance Harborplace Hotel • Baltimore
May 6-8, 2019

EWA’s National Seminar is the largest annual gathering of journalists on the education beat. This year's event in Baltimore, hosted by Johns Hopkins University's School of Education, will explore an array of timely topics of interest to journalists from across the country, with a thematic focus on student success, safety, and well-being.

EWA’s National Seminar is the largest annual gathering of journalists on the education beat. This year’s event in Baltimore, hosted by Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education, will explore an array of timely topics of interest to journalists from across the country, with a thematic focus on student success, safety, and well-being.

This multi-day conference is designed to give participants the skills, understanding, and inspiration to improve their coverage of education at all levels. It also will deliver a lengthy list of story ideas. We will offer numerous sessions on important education issues, as well as on journalism skills. And we will showcase the city of Baltimore.

The conference, tailored primarily to working journalists at independent news outlets, also welcomes other education content providers and communicators. Special features include the presentation of awards that honor the best in education reporting, a track of sessions tailored to communications professionals, and training on digital and data tools and strategies. 

Latest News

Free Press Reporter David Jesse Named Top Education Reporter in U.S.

Detroit Free Press higher education reporter David Jesse was honored as the top education reporter in the country for 2018 by the Education Writers Association.

Jesse was recognized for his coverage of the Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University and work he did with Free Press investigative reporter Matthew Dolan on the University of Michigan’s endowment.

EWA — made up of the nation’s education journalists — presented Jesse with the award at its annual conference earlier this week.

Key Coverage

Top DeVos Deputy Dismisses Criticism of Her Choice Plan As ‘Fearmongering’

A senior official in the U.S. Department of Education has dismissed concerns about a Trump administration school choice plan from a conservative think tank as “outright fear-mongering.” 

Jim Blew, the assistant secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy development, dismissed the criticisms from the Heritage Foundation, a right-leaning think tank that strongly supports educational choice, during a discussion at the Education Writers Association National Seminar on Tuesday. 

Blog: The Educated Reporter

Secretary DeVos Comes Face to Face With Education Reporters

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos defended her education agenda in front of hundreds of education reporters on Monday, as she discussed efforts to expand school choice and the reversal of policies and guidance set forth by the Obama administration on student discipline, special education, and student loan forgiveness.

Key Coverage

DeVos Might Not Serve as Ed. Secretary If Trump Re-elected

Betsy DeVos hinted Monday that should President Donald Trump get re-elected in 2020 that she might not serve as education secretary during his second term.

“I’m not sure my husband would be OK with that,” said DeVos of her husband, Dick DeVos, a former Michigan gubernatorial candidate, after hesitating before delivering her response.

Key Coverage

Betsy DeVos Says Great Teachers Should Earn $250,000

At the Education Writers Association conference in Baltimore today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos drew a gulp from the crowd when she said, “Great teachers should be making at least half as much as Randi Weingarten does at a half a million dollars a year.”

Announcement

Submit Your Proposal for a Lightning Talk
Journalist and Community Members are invited to make brief presentations at National Seminar

Got a brilliant idea to share and looking for a national platform? EWA is inviting proposals from journalist and supporting community members to offer brief presentations at the 2019 National Seminar in Baltimore. We’ll hold an online vote just before the conference to decide who will speak.

We’ve held these “Lightning Talks” before at the National Seminar, and they received some of the best reviews of the conference.

Announcement

EWA Invites Nominations for New Lifetime Achievement Prize
Honor To Be Awarded in Baltimore in Memory of Mike Bowler

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the creation of an EWA Lifetime Achievement Prize inspired by the late Michael H. “Mike” Bowler, to be presented for the first time this spring in honor of the longtime education writer and former EWA board president. 

For the first EWA Lifetime Achievement Prize, members are encouraged to nominate people who have devoted a major portion of their careers to education journalism and contributed to the field more broadly. Members are requested to refrain from nominating themselves, and the deadline for nominations is March 20.