EWA Announces Date and Venue of 2016 National Seminar
Flagship Conference Coming to New England’s Largest City


The Education Writers Association, the national professional organization for journalists who cover education, is thrilled to announce that its annual conference will take place from Sunday, May 1, through Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in the historic city of Boston.

Co-hosted by Boston University’s College of Communication and School of Education, EWA’s 69th National Seminar will examine a wide array of timely topics in education — from early childhood through career — while expanding and sharpening participants’ skills in reporting and storytelling.

The conference will feature member-driven sessions for journalists who report on education in all media, as well as a track of sessions tailored to the interests of communications professionals. Special events will include an awards ceremony honoring the best in education reporting and a members meeting offering new insights on the state of education journalism today.

“Our conference gives EWA members a unique opportunity to gather for a single purpose — to get better at what we do,” said Scott Elliott, president of the EWA Board of Directors. “It’s the best place for education reporters to build the know-how to develop stories with genuine impact.”

Dean Tom Fiedler said the Boston University College of Communication is honored that 2016 will mark the first time that a school of journalism and communications is co-hosting the conference. “The mission of the College is to prepare our students to become excellent, professional communicators and this conference will enable them to observe the extraordinary talents of the EWA community,” Fiedler said.

Hardin Coleman, the dean of the Boston University School of Education, noted that in addition to its core work of preparing educators who are leaders in their institutions, the school is committed to generating new knowledge that can be used to make education fairer and better. “We are thrilled about working with EWA to build new ties between reporters, researchers and our partners in the schools,” he said. 

Coming as the presidential election enters its homestretch, EWA’s 69th National Seminar will pay special attention to how education is playing out as a campaign issue. It will also explore the outgoing administration’s legacy and the impact of the 2016 elections on education.

“We’re proud that attendance at EWA’s flagship annual conference has more than doubled over the past five years,” said EWA Executive Director Caroline Hendrie. “Word has spread that this is an event that simply cannot be missed.”

More information, including scholarship and registration, will be posted on the 69th EWA National Seminar page.