EWA to Hold 2017 National Seminar at Georgetown University
Education Journalism Conference Coming to Nation’s Capital

The Education Writers Association, the national professional organization for journalists who cover education, is delighted to announce that its flagship annual conference will take place at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., from Wednesday, May 31, through Friday, June 2, 2017.

Hosted by the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy and new McCourt think tank FutureEd, EWA’s 70th National Seminar will offer a dynamic and interactive program to arm attendees with new skills and knowledge about the fast-changing education beat. With education policy at an inflection point — at the national, state and local levels — participants will sharpen their ability to cover a range of critical issues from early childhood through college and beyond.

“With a new administration taking the reins, 2017 is an ideal time to bring the education journalism community together in the nation’s capital,” said Scott Elliott, president of the EWA Board of Directors. Added EWA Executive Director Caroline Hendrie: “We’re entering a new era in education policy. Our conference gives members the know-how and networks they need to cover this complex world with confidence.”

McCourt Dean Edward Montgomery said hosting the conference meshes well with the McCourt School’s twin focus of supporting cutting-edge policy research and equipping students with real-world skills to be leaders in policy, politics, and public service. “Supporting EWA’s mission to strengthen the community of education writers aligns perfectly with our focus on promoting and supporting smart policies,” Montgomery said.       

Thomas Toch, the director of FutureEd, added that as a former journalist, he sees the conference “as a unique opportunity for EWA members to get better at what they do by deepening their knowledge of the issues they cover, developing new expert sources, growing their networks, and building their reporting and storytelling skills.”

The conference allows journalists who report on education in all media to step outside their daily duties and build new connections and understanding. Special features include awards honoring the best in education reporting, a track of sessions tailored to communications professionals, and training on digital and data journalism tools.

Coming within the first six months of the new president’s term, EWA’s 70th National Seminar will pay special attention to the impact of the 2016 elections on education.

More information, including scholarship and registration, is on the 70th EWA National Seminar website.

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The Education Writers Association is the national professional organization dedicated to advancing high-quality education journalism. The mission of EWA is to strengthen the community of education writers and improve the quality of education coverage to better inform the public. Today, EWA has more than 3,000 members benefiting from its programs and services.


The McCourt School of Public Policy is a top-ranked public policy school located in the center of the policy world in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to teach our students to design, analyze, and implement smart policies and put them into practice in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, in the U.S. and around the world.

FutureEd is an independent, solution-oriented think tank committed to bringing fresh energy to the causes of excellence, equity, and efficiency in K-12 and higher education on behalf of the nation’s disadvantaged students.