Announcement

EWA Opens Entries for 2019 Education Reporting Awards
Journalists Working in All Media Invited to Compete

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 National Awards for Education Reporting. Journalists may submit entries from 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on Nov. 15 through midnight Pacific time on Dec. 15, 2019.

Journalists who have published work in 2019 on any education topic in any medium are encouraged to enter the contest, which features a total of 20 prizes with cash awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

EWA will bestow 17 awards with $1,000 cash prizes based on the categories Audio Storytelling, Beat Reporting, Features, Investigative, News, Public Service and Visual Storytelling. Each category includes various newsroom size divisions.

EWA also welcomes entries for the Edwin Gould Foundation’s Eddie Prize, which recognizes coverage of challenges facing low-income college students and comes with $7,500.

Winners of the three Beat Reporting category prizes will be eligible for the Ronald Moskowitz Prize for Outstanding Beat Reporting, with an additional honorarium of $2,500. Winners of the other categories and divisions will be considered for the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting, which comes with an honorarium of $10,000.

All winners will be honored at EWA’s 73rd National Seminar, to be held in the spring of 2020.

This year’s categories and size divisions differ slightly from last year’s. The main changes are:

  • Investigative category: In a move to better highlight the powerful and important investigative work being done on the education beat, EWA reinstated the Investigative category. The Public Service category will remain and focus on explanatory work, data projects and other journalism that serves the public interest.
  • Size divisions: In light of changes to the sizes of newsroom staffs, EWA has revised newsroom size divisions. The Public Service and Investigative categories will each have two size divisions, like Audio Storytelling and Visual. Features, News, and Beat Reporting will have three size divisions. 

EWA’s reporting competition aims to shine a light on the outstanding reporters who work to strengthen democracy by providing accurate and compelling news and information about the approximately 9 million Americans employed by schools of all types and levels, and the more than 70 million Americans who are trying to better themselves through formal education.

“Education reporters continue to do the important, but too-often unheralded, work of attending school board meetings, interviewing students and parents, educators and staff, and analyzing data to inform communities about their schools,” said Steve Drummond, executive producer at National Public Radio and chairman of EWA’s Awards and Advocacy Committee. “Every day, education reporters are helping Americans understand and improve what’s going on in classrooms,” he added.

Winners of last year’s awards, he noted, helped Philadelphia schools identify and clean up lead-polluted drinking water fountains, helped teachers and principals around the country learn about ways to improve reading instruction, and raised important questions about the billions of dollars being flung at school safety contractors.

“Despite the economic challenges facing the news industry, the National Awards for Education Reporting are proof positive that many journalists continue to carefully, thoughtfully and thoroughly report on education,” said EWA Executive Director Caroline Hendrie.

Entries will be judged on criteria that include the quality of writing and reporting, freshness and depth of insights, clarity of explanation, impact, and innovation of presentation.

For more information on the awards, visit ewa.org/awards or contact EWA at awards@ewa.org.

The Education Writers Association (EWA.org) is the national professional organization dedicated to strengthening the community of education writers and improving the quality of education coverage to better inform the public. Member journalists benefit from the organization’s  high-quality programs of training, information, support, and recognition.