2021 New to the Beat Program

Do you have fewer than two years’ experience covering education? Could you use some extra support and guidance from a veteran of the education beat (and from EWA)? 

Apply to join New to the Beat, one of EWA’s most popular programs. Now in its sixth year, New to the Beat offers a unique opportunity to sharpen your skills, connect with your peers, and develop your knowledge of the essentials of K-12 and higher education.

We will pair you up with a skilled mentor who is an experienced education journalist. And we’ll kick things off with two afternoons of virtual workshops, to be held March 12 and March 19. Rookies will also be expected to participate in EWA’s National Seminar, to be held May 2-5, 2021. 

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Attendance at the online training is required. The event will cover beat basics like making the most of open records, how to find and use education research, and give you a crash course in navigating education policy and politics. Participants will also learn how to use federal databases; and how to take your writing and interviewing skills to the next level.

The mentorship program lasts six months. You will be required to produce a substantive piece of reporting that reflects your participation in the program, and we need your editor to approve your participation. Both K-12 and higher education reporters are encouraged to apply. (Do you cover preschool or a combination of education beats? We’d love to hear from you.)

In addition to the mentorship and additional support from EWA’s public editor, participants will benefit from specialized programming, webinars, and resources geared to their needs. Reporters will be expected to produce at least one substantive news story that reflects new skills and knowledge gained through participation in the program. (Reporters choose their own topics, and retain full editorial control over the story.) 

Questions? Start with the FAQ. If you still have additional questions, please email EWA Public Editor Emily Richmond