EWA Joins #ThankAJourno Campaign

Freedom of the press is essential to a healthy democracy. And journalists are proving every day that they are also essential frontline workers in the midst of the current coronavirus pandemic.

The Education Writers Association is today joining more than 40 news outlets and nonprofits to thank journalists who continue to bring the public crucial news about the fast-spreading disease that is killing thousands and shutting down schools, businesses and entire communities. 

To honor the journalists who are serving the public – often at the risk of their own health - EWA is asking its members and their readers to post on social media messages of support and gratitude for journalists covering COVID-19.

Have a behind-the-scenes story to share about what you’re learning as you report on the pandemic in your community? Want to thank your colleagues for their hard work covering COVID-19? Share your stories and gratitude using the hashtags #PRESSential and #ThankAJourno.

EWA notes that its members are playing an especially vital role in helping their communities and the country understand the implications of the coronavirus on the more than 76 million Americans enrolled in schools. Every day, education journalists are providing students, parents, voters and policymakers with crucial information about about issues such as the threat the coming recession poses to school funding, the equity gaps exposed and exacerbated by the shift to online learning, and whether the federal stimulus will reduce the student debt crisis. (EWA’s Coronavirus and Education Topics page collects examples of coverage from around the country.)

“Journalists are bringing life-saving information to their communities every day,” said Caroline Hendrie, EWA’s executive director. “Learning how COVID-19 is affecting our world is critical, and we can only do that because of the hard work of journalists who are telling the story.”

According to a new Pew Research Center Election News Pathways survey, “the COVID-19 pandemic has caught Americans’ rapt attention. Roughly half of U.S. adults (51%) are following news about it very closely, with another 38% following it fairly closely.”

In addition to EWA, the core coalition includes the Asian American Journalists Association, ACES: The Society for Editing, American Journalism Project, CBS News, Center for Community Media at Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, Center for Public Integrity, Committee to Protect Journalists, Craig Newmark Foundation,, CTNewsJunkie, Democracy Fund, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Facebook Journalism Project, The Fund for Investigative Journalism, Freedom of the Press Foundation, Fundamedios, Futuro Media Group, Google News, International Center for Journalists, Institute for Nonprofit News, Investigative Reporters and Editors, International Women’s Media Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Journalism and Women Symposium, Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, JSK Stanford, Latino Rebels, Lenfest Institute, Local Independent Online News, Los Angeles Times, Maynard Institute, McCormick Foundation, Media Transformation Challenge at Poynter, Michigan Radio NPR, National Association of Black Journalists, Native American Journalists Association, News Leaders Association, NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, Online News Association, palabra., Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Report for America, Radio Television Digital News Association, Society of Professional Journalists, The Freedom Forum, Twitter, Univision, UT Knight Center, and The Washington Post.