Announcing the Theme and Venue of the 67th National Seminar

The national Education Writers Association is pleased to announce that its 67th National Seminar, the organization’s flagship annual conference, will take place May 18-20, 2014, on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. “From Ideas to Action: Making It Happen in Newsrooms and Schools” will explore the cutting edge of efforts to transform education, as well as trends that are profoundly altering the way education is covered.

Gathering approximately 400 journalists, scholars, communications professionals and newsmakers, the EWA National Seminar is the country’s premier conference for those working at the crossroads of education and news media. In 2014, the conference will be jointly hosted by Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development and the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Washington-based association for more than 25,000 scholars in the U.S. and abroad who are engaged in research on education and learning.

“This year’s conference comes at a pivotal time, as American education strains to carry out sweeping changes,” said Scott Elliott, the editor of Chalkbeat Indiana and president of the EWA Board of Directors. “The conference will arm our members with the skills and insight they need to deliver exceptional coverage of this crucial moment in education history.”

Vanderbilt officials said they were excited by the opportunity to host the convening. “We are very grateful for the many journalists and other professionals who work to enhance public understanding of education,” said Camilla Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt. “As an education school with a strong research orientation, we look forward to furthering the conversation about educational improvement.”

The 2014 gathering will mark the third time in as many years that the AERA will jointly host the event. “Our ongoing collaboration with EWA is essential to both organizations,” said Felice J. Levine, AERA’s executive director. “We take seriously making accessible the best of research and data to journalists. EWA is equally committed to drawing upon research and evidence as integral to high-quality reporting. The conference is a vehicle to make this happen.”

Along with a rich menu of speakers, site visits and interactive workshops, the program will set aside time for networking with colleagues and making new contacts. A focal point of the conference will be an awards banquet honoring the winners of the annual National Awards for Education Reporting and announcing the recipient of the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting.

“We are thrilled to bring EWA to Nashville,” said EWA Executive Director Caroline Hendrie. “This year’s event promises to be the most productive and thought-provoking EWA conference to date.”

EWA will again offer scholarships to eligible journalists whose employers are not able to cover their registration and travel costs. Scholarship application forms will be made available when registration for the conference opens on in the coming weeks.