Entries Are Open for the 2021 National Awards for Education Reporting
Journalists Working in All Media Invited to Compete
The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 National Awards for Education Reporting. Journalists may submit entries from Nov. 15, 2021, through Jan. 10, 2022.
Journalists who published work in 2021 on any education topic in any medium are encouraged to enter EWA’s annual journalism contest, which honors the best of education reporting across all news media. The awards program offers a total of 20 prizes, with cash awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.
EWA also welcomes entries for the EGF Accelerator’s Eddie Prize, which recognizes coverage of challenges facing low-income college students and comes with $7,500. News outlets of any size are invited to enter the Eddie competition.
In the National Awards for Education Reporting, EWA plans to bestow 17 awards with $1,000 cash prizes in seven categories: Audio Storytelling, Beat Reporting, Features, Investigative Reporting, News, Public Service and Visual Storytelling. Each category includes various newsroom size divisions.
Winners of the three Beat Reporting category prizes will be eligible for the Ronald Moskowitz Prize for Outstanding Beat Reporting, which comes with an additional $2,500. Winners of the other categories and divisions (excluding the Eddie) will be considered for the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting. The grand prize comes with an award of $10,000.
EWA’s reporting competition aims to highlight the many outstanding reporters working to illuminate what happens in classrooms, schools, colleges and universities, as well as uncovering inequities and disparities in the system.
For example, the 2020 Moskowitz Prize winner, Bianca Vázquez Toness of the Boston Globe, exposed school districts that had parents sign away their children’s rights to special education services and chronicled the impact of remote learning on a 12-year-old.The 2020 Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting winner, Ian Shapira of The Washington Post, uncovered how racism affected Black cadets at the Virginia Military Institute.
“Education has been a top news story all year, and the people behind the bylines have done outstanding work,” EWA Executive Director Caroline Hendrie said. “Education news teams have thoughtfully covered the protracted pandemic’s impact, delved into its disparate racial effects, and chronicled school board controversies that have made headlines across the country, among many pressing issues. We are eager for these dedicated journalists to get the recognition they richly deserve.”
Entries will be judged on criteria that include the quality of writing and reporting, freshness and depth of insights, clarity of explanation, impact, and innovation of presentation.
The Education Writers Association is the national professional organization dedicated to strengthening the community of education writers and improving the quality of education coverage to better inform the public. Member journalists benefit from the organization’s high-quality programs of training, information, support, and recognition.