EWA Announces New Class of Reporting Fellows

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce its ninth class of EWA Reporting Fellows as part of the organization’s drive to support enterprising journalism that informs the public about consequential issues in education.

“This is an unprecedented time for the news industry, the education sector, and our nation,” said Caroline Hendrie, EWA’s executive director. “We are proud to help our members pursue in-depth projects on critical topics, including on the far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

Ten projects were selected in this round. Each EWA Reporting Fellowship provides up to $8,000 to help cover reporting costs, plus other assistance.

The newest class of EWA Reporting Fellows represents a diverse mix of news outlets. The projects are expected to be published during the 2020-21 academic year.

Meet the Fellows:

Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report

What lessons can be learned from a quarter-century of unfulfilled efforts at school reform, and how might public education benefit from a more scientific approach to improving curriculum, classroom instruction, and school leadership?

Karen Coates and Valeria Fernandez
Latino USA

Illustrating the widespread struggles of American migrant students as they wend their way through the public school system.

Lydia Denworth, Scientific American

Can neuroscience’s new understanding of how the adolescent brain develops help improve efforts to tackle young people’s educational and mental health challenges?

Anne Kim, Washington Monthly

A deep dive into Job Corps, the federal government’s largest, longest-running – and possibly least successful – education and training program for disadvantaged young adults.

Rob Manning and Elizabeth Miller
Oregon Public Broadcasting

In a podcast series, OPB will look at adolescent development through the experiences of seventh-grade students whom the public broadcasting station has been following since kindergarten as part of its ongoing “Class of 2025” project.

Ann Schimke, Chalkbeat

Building on previous reporting on reading instruction, Schimke will lead coverage by multiple Chalkbeat bureaus to examine the use of K-3 literacy curriculum and how well it aligns with research.

Jo Napolitano, Freelance

An investigation of the myriad ways older immigrant children are shunted into inferior educational programs, many of which do not culminate in a diploma.

Melba Newsome, The Rural Health Quarterly

Adolescents in rural schools are in dire need of primary care and mental health services. How does this impact students’ overall wellness and academic performance, and what efforts are being taken to fill those gaps?

Dahlia Bazzaz, Hannah Furfaro, Anne Hillman, and Katherine Long
The Seattle Times


As the novel coronavirus forces schools in the Seattle region to revamp their delivery model, how will equity factor into districts’ efforts to provide educational technology to all students?

Tony Wan, EdSurge

A close look at income-share agreements, which proponents claim offer a better alternative to traditional tuition financing models. For whom do ISAs work best, and how are the graduates faring thus far?