2020 Awards

Overview

2020 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 reporting and storytelling as a cornerstone of democracy and education.
  • Highlight and celebrate the work journalists do to make a positive difference in their communities.

All independent news 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 meritorious coverage of any aspect of education.

The deadline to enter the EWA Awards was 11:59 p.m. Pacific time Dec. 15, 2020. Finalists were announced in the spring of 2021. 

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 reporting and storytelling as a cornerstone of democracy and education.
  • Highlight and celebrate the work journalists do to make a positive difference in their communities.

All independent news 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 meritorious coverage of any aspect of education.

The deadline to enter the EWA Awards was 11:59 p.m. Pacific time Dec. 15, 2020. Finalists were announced in the spring of 2021. 

EWA Radio

Lessons From the Educational Equity Beat
Bianca Vázquez Toness of The Boston Globe shares insights from her coverage of vulnerable students, and holding education systems accountable
(EWA Radio Episode 272)

photo of Malaki Solo  using his laptop at home

From an inside look at a 12-year-old struggling with remote learning to revealing that districts had wrongly forced parents to sign away their children’s rights to special education services, The Boston Globe’s Bianca Vázquez Toness put the spotlight on families whose educational experiences were most disrupted by the pandemic.

EWA Radio

Racism at VMI
The Washington Post’s Ian Shapira shares backstory to his prize-winning investigation of racist policies and practices at Virginia Military Institute
(EWA Radio Episode 270)

photo of VMI Corps of Cadets on parade at 2017 inauguration of President Trump.

The impact of reporter Ian Shapira’s deep dive into the troubled culture at the nation’s oldest state-support military college was seismic: within days, the Virginia Military Institute’s leader had resigned, and Gov. Ralph Northam pledged an independent investigation.

Awards

Judges for the 2020 National Awards for Education Reporting

The Education Writers Association would like to express our deep gratitude and thanks to the busy professionals who volunteered their time to evaluate the entries.

This group of current and former journalists spent long hours carefully evaluating their assigned subsets of the 374 entries for the 2020 National Awards for Education Reporting and the Eddie Prize. (EWA judges were recused from entries that posed conflicts of interests.)

Information

2020 Award Categories

The Education Writers Association’s 2020 National Awards for Education Reporting competition consists of seven categories. In addition, EWA welcomes entries for the Eddie Prize

Entrants should review all categories before entering their submissions. 

Awards

The 2020 Eddie Prize

EGF Accelerator/Edwin Gould

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

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2020 Award Rules

Eligibility

All entries must have been published, posted or broadcast in an independent news outlet for the first time in 2020, with the following exceptions: EWA does accept series in which some of the articles were published during the 2019–2020 school year, but a majority of the series’ pieces must have run in calendar year 2020. There’s one additional caveat to this exception: Stories published or broadcast in 2019 that were recognized in last year’s EWA awards are ineligible for consideration in this year’s awards.