Lightning Talks at the National Seminar
Sunday, May 1, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

(Pixabay/Gerd Altmann)

EWA is offering a series of eight speedy talks from National Seminar participants for National Seminar participants. Come check out advice from your colleagues on a wide array of topics, from why you should love pivot tables to mistakes journalists make when covering education research.

Here’s the schedule of talks that will take place on Sunday, May 1, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., as well as how many votes each topic received.

Hear from your peers!

5 Mistakes Journos Make When Covering Ed Research – 54

Are you making these five common mistakes when covering educational research? Learn about common pitfalls and how to avoid them.
Holly Yettick, Editorial Projects in Education

How to Really Talk with Boys from Diverse Backgrounds – 42

Let’s face it—white women trying to talk for real with African American males, especially teens, is tough for teachers and reporters, too. I’ve tried it both ways and learned from failure. Also, what to do when you just can’t get them talking.
Maureen Kelleher, freelance

Want Access to a School? Ask the Right Person – 40

I convinced skeptical officials to give me access to a troubled Memphis high school for an entire year. During that year, I went everywhere I wanted. In this lightning talk, I’ll describe how I negotiated this unbelievable level of access. It turns out the method is simple — if you want access to a school, there is one key person that you need to convince first.
Daniel Connolly, Memphis Commercial-Appeal

Pivot Tables Will Change Your Life – 36

Pivot tables are a simple, yet powerful Excel feature that let you quickly group and summarize large amounts of data. Learn how to turn school level data into district statistics or individual college campus information into state averages.
Sarah Butrymowicz, The Hechinger Report

Maximizing Digital Media for Reporting – 36

Digital education reporting has largely taken the form of print media, and we have seen how the evolution of the news format online has drawn audiences. I will review successful ways to use podcast, videos and other media in digital news.
Jenny Abamu, International Education News

I Upped My Data Game. Up Yours! – 32

Ready to move beyond Excel? Using real-world data, I’ll introduce you to the six simple words that will demystify Structured Query Language and start you on the path to taking your data reporting to the next level. Really, SQL is intuitive and easy!
Matthew Kauffman, Hartford Courant

Time Management Tips From & For Ed Journalists – 30

Here’s how your colleagues who participated in the State of the Education Beat, released at the National Seminar, find time for in-depth coverage. This is an “extra.” You won’t find this material in the published report!
Holly Yettick, Editorial Projects in Education

How to Make the Most of NBER – 28

Of all the e-alerts that I get, few are more vital to my education coverage than the National Bureau of Economic Research. Learn how to get NBER’s latest research and turn it into news stories on a regular basis.
Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

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