EWA Announces Finalists for 2019 Reporting Awards

April 30, 2020 (WASHINGTON, DC)—The Education Writers Association is delighted to announce the finalists for the 2019 National Awards for Education Reporting and the Eddie Prize, recognizing the top education journalism in the U.S.

This year, 55 entries earned the status of finalist from EWA’s panel of judges. The entries were characterized by stellar narrative and enterprise work, innovative multimedia and visual storytelling, and in-depth investigations that spurred actions that improved the lives of students and families. The finalists range from individual freelancers to teams of staffers of national news organizations. 

“At this time of crisis, for the news industry and the nation as a whole, it’s heartening to be reminded of the excellence exemplified by this year’s finalists,” said Caroline Hendrie, EWA’s executive director. “The finalists we recognize today are part of a broader journalism community that is stepping up despite grave challenges to provide the public with critically important information and storytelling. We feel deeply privileged to honor their outstanding service.” 

EWA typically announces the winners for each category at its annual National Seminar. This year’s flagship conference, scheduled for May, was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. We expect to update the EWA community soon on our plans for celebrating the finalists and winners. 

Finalists were selected from among more than 400 eligible entries for 17 prizes in EWA’s National Awards for Education Reporting, as well as the fifth annual Eddie Prize, which recognizes the best work on the challenges low-income students face completing college.

In addition to our category prizes, each of which comes with an honorarium of  $1,000, EWA also awards its annual Ronald Moskowitz Prize for Outstanding Beat Reporting, which comes with a $2,500 award; the Edwin Gould Foundation’s Eddie Prize, with a $7,500 award; and the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting, which carries an award of $10,000.

The awards competition was independently judged by a total of 90 current and former editors and reporters, many of whom are past recipients of EWA and other prestigious journalism awards. EWA would like to express our deep gratitude and thanks to the busy professionals who volunteered their time to evaluate the entries.

The full list of EWA’s 2019 awards finalist can be found here.