Five Reasons You Want to Be an EWA Reporting Fellow

The Education Writers Association expects to announce a new round of the fellowship in fall 2021. Stay tuned!

While there are a growing number of programs offering to fund journalists and journalism, EWA’s Reporting Fellowship is uniquely advantageous to journalists. Here are five reasons why:

Free Money! You can receive grants of up to $8,000 to fund any legitimate newsgathering expense, which can include travel expenses, hiring videographers, funding community engagement events, buying data, hiring a data analyst and even hiring someone to cover your beat while you work on the project.

Editorial independence. We maintain a strict firewall between fellows and financial supporters. Your content is fully within the control of your media organization. As a result of this independence, EWA Reporting Fellows maintain eligibility to submit their projects to the National Awards for Education Reporting and other awards programs.

When you need us, we’re here. EWA fellowships provide more than funding. Our organization also provides unique support — when asked. Previous fellows have received assistance ranging from help finding sources to advice on story organization from EWA’s staff of veteran educational journalists such as Public Editor Emily Richmond. And EWA has also provided fellows with writing coaches or data experts. We’re available to brainstorm solutions to reporting hurdles, and to provide useful background, contacts and research that can help inform your work.

Extra promotion. EWA helps promote fellows’ finished products through our social media accounts, newsletter and opportunities to speak at EWA events or appear on our EWA Radio podcast.

You’re joining a special network. EWA Reporting Fellows are often tapped to serve as moderators and presenters at our in-person events, and you’ll have the opportunity to connect with other fellows at our annual National Seminar caucuses. For more than 70 years, EWA has built a reputation of focusing on improving the quality and quantity of education journalism. Winning an EWA Fellowship is a vote of confidence in your ability to execute top-notch work.