EWA to Hold 2019 National Seminar in Baltimore
Johns Hopkins to host conference with focus on student success, safety and well-being

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce that its next National Seminar will take place in Baltimore, with the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education hosting the event May 6–8, 2019.

EWA’s 72nd annual National Seminar will explore a host of timely topics of interest to journalists from across the country, with a thematic focus on student success, safety and well-being. This flagship annual conference also will offer numerous sessions on journalism skills and showcase the city of Baltimore, which last was home to the EWA National Seminar in 1986.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Johns Hopkins University to highlight cutting-edge work in education and its coverage,” said Greg Toppo, the president of the EWA Board of Directors and a senior editor at Inside Higher Ed. “We look forward to drawing on the extensive resources the university offers, from top-flight researchers to meaningful partnerships in the community.”

Christopher C. Morphew, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Education, said the university is honored to host the seminar. “The Johns Hopkins School of Education is built on the legacy of a century of groundbreaking research,” said Morphew. “Every student deserves to feel successful and safe in school. We look forward to showcasing our research to develop the latest in evidence-based methods and tools aimed at ensuring the social, emotional and physical well-being of every student.”

Offering a varied and fast-paced program, the conference agenda will blend opportunities to explore topics in education with sessions focused on the craft of covering them. The conference is designed to give participants the skills, understanding and inspiration to improve their coverage of education at all levels.  
The 2019 conference will offer a special focus on such topics as campus and community safety; social and emotional learning; mental and physical health; and other factors affecting educational opportunities and outcomes. Sessions will explore a range of other hot topics in education and journalism as well.

Tailored primarily to working journalists at independent news outlets, the conference also welcomes other education content providers and communicators. Special features include the presentation of awards that honor the best in education reporting, a track of sessions tailored to communications professionals, and training on digital and data journalism tools and strategies.

“EWA’s National Seminar has secured its place as the year’s one-stop shop for keeping on top of trending topics in education and how to cover them well,” said EWA Executive Director Caroline Hendrie. “Whether you’re brand-new to the beat or have been covering education for years, the conference offers the learning and networking opportunities you need to take your work and career to the next level.”

Information on sponsorship opportunities is available now, and information on registration and scholarships for eligible journalists will be available in early December.


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. 


The Johns Hopkins University is a global leader in discovery, education and professional practice, dedicated since 1876 to putting knowledge to work for humanity. Johns Hopkins is America’s first research university and home to nine world-class academic divisions. The Johns Hopkins School of Education was established as a separate division in 2007, and is now ranked among the top graduate schools of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.