EWA Supports Education Journalism With New Fellows

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce its inaugural class of EWA Reporting Fellows, under a new initiative aimed at supporting enterprising journalism projects.

“We were impressed by the high caliber of the proposals, and are thrilled to help advance ambitious reporting in communities across the country, from Baltimore and Detroit to New Orleans,” said Caroline Hendrie, EWA’s executive director. “The response to this new initiative makes clear the strong appetite among media outlets — and individual journalists — for in-depth reporting on education.”

Seven applications, out of more than 50 proposals submitted, were selected for the first round of EWA Reporting Fellowships. EWA will provide up to $8,000 to help cover reporting costs, plus other assistance, for each project.

The debut class of EWA Reporting Fellows represents a diverse group of journalists and media outlets. The projects are expected to be published by the end of the year.

The 2016 EWA Reporting Fellowship recipients are:

Liz BowieErica GreenLiz Bowie and Erica Green
The Baltimore Sun


School integration and community factors as influences on African-American student achievement.

Kalyn BelshaMelissa SanchezKalyn Belsha and
Melissa Sanchez

Catalyst Chicago


Two-part project on college access and career readiness in Chicago, including a look at the city’s community colleges; specialty high schools; and undocumented students in higher education.

Kelly FieldKelly Field
The Chronicle of Higher Education


The challenge of increasing educational attainment among Native Americans, focusing on students from reservations in the western United States.

David Jesse
Detroit Free Press


The struggles facing Detroit-area community colleges in helping more students succeed, and potential solutions.

Time PrattTimothy Pratt
The Hechinger Report


Efforts to enhance college enrollment and success for Hispanic youth in Appalachia.

Kristina Rizga
Mother Jones


How is personalized learning changing school for students and teachers?

Daniell DrelinigerDanielle Dreilinger
New Orleans Times-Picayune


Are New Orleans students in the post-Hurricane Katrina era succeeding beyond high school? A look at the college experience of graduates from a high-achieving charter network.

The first round of EWA Reporting Fellowships is supported by major funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Fellows and their partnering news outlets maintain sole editorial control of the work they produce.