EWA Names New Officers and Directors

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The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members of the EWA Board of Directors, as well as the election of the 2018–2019 officers of the board.

Joining the board for their first two-year terms as directors will be Eva-Marie Ayala of the Dallas Morning News, David Hoff of Hager Sharp, and Debbie Veney of NewSchools Venture Fund. They are replacing outgoing board members Dakarai Aarons, Scott Elliott, and Cornelia Grumman.


EWA Thanks Outgoing Board Members for Years of Distinguished Service

The Education Writers Association wishes to express its deep appreciation to three distinguished members of its Board of Directors who plan to leave the board this spring following years of voluntary service.

All three of the departing directors — Scott Elliott, Cornelia Grumman, and Dakarai Aarons — served as board officers. Elliott, who joined the board in 2009, was EWA’s board president from 2013 to 2017. Grumman and Aarons both served as vice president for community members, Grumman from 2013 to 2015 and Aarons from 2016 to the present.


EWA Announces New Education Reporting Fellows

EWA Reporting Fellowship

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce its fourth class of EWA Reporting Fellows as part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to support enterprising journalism projects on education.

“We are delighted to provide additional EWA members with this unique opportunity to dig deeper into the education beat,” said Caroline Hendrie, EWA’s executive director. “These new projects will make important contributions to the public’s understanding of education and further fortify the nation’s education journalism community.”


EWA Announces Theme of 2018 National Seminar
Los Angeles • May 16–18, 2018

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The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the theme of its 2018 National Seminar: “Room for All? Diversity in Education & the Media.” The conference, slated for May 16-18 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, will examine the impact of today’s fast-changing demographic and cultural dynamics — from the classroom to the newsroom and beyond.


EWA Welcomes Board Nominations From Members

The Education Writers Association expects to add new members this year to its Board of Directors and its two advisory boards. As a member of EWA, you are invited to nominate yourself or another EWA member as a candidate for consideration. All nominations will be considered by the EWA Membership & Nominating Committee.


EWA Board OKs Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan

EWA is excited to share that the EWA Board of Directors has approved a comprehensive plan to increase diversity and inclusion in our organization. You can see the executive summary of the plan here.

EWA’s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force led us through a process that engaged members and key stakeholders in education journalism, as well as experts in diversity and inclusion.


Higher Ed 2017: Covering Campus Conflict in the Time of Trump
Atlanta • October 2–3, 2017

From heated debates over free speech to the Trump administration’s threats to deport undocumented students, these are tense times on college campuses. For reporters who cover higher education, questions abound and important stories need to be told. 

On Oct. 2-3, EWA will bring together journalists at Georgia State University in Atlanta to explore pressing issues in education after high school. (Here’s the preliminary agenda.) At this journalist-only seminar you will hear:


Kim Clark Joins EWA as Assistant Director

The Education Writers Association is delighted to announce the addition of Kim Clark to its staff as an assistant director. Clark, a longtime national journalist most recently with Money Magazine, will play a leading role in directing EWA programming on education beyond high school.

“We are thrilled to have a journalist of Kim’s caliber joining our staff,” said EWA Executive Director Caroline Hendrie. “Her energy and experience will be a huge boon to our efforts to support the important work of our journalist members in newsrooms across the country.”


Back-to-School: Story Ideas That Shine
Thursday, Aug. 24 — 2 p.m. Eastern

Back-to-School: Story Ideas That Shine

Finding fresh angles on familiar ground can be an annual challenge for education reporters. With this webinar, you’ll get smart tips from experienced journalists for great stories on the first day of school and beyond.

We’ll discuss novel ways of approaching the new academic year, from preschool through higher education. You’ll get ideas for unique profiles, for making the most of your publication’s multimedia resources, and for exploring a range of timely questions on the beat.


Fall 2017 Calendar of Events
Upcoming Seminars


A new school year also means upcoming EWA seminars!

EWA gathers experts who provide diverse perspectives and research to help you cover education. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with other reporters from national and local outlets.

We provide travel and registration scholarships for qualified journalists. These scholarships can cover most, if not all, of your travel expenses.



Race, Ethnicity Seen as Top Priorities for Education Beat Diversity
EWA Members Share Views on Inclusion, Cultural Competencies

In an effort to deepen its understanding of diversity and inclusion issues, the Education Writers Association recently fielded a survey asking journalist members to share their views and experiences. A total of 170 EWA members responded to the survey, although not every respondent answered every question. The findings provide insights into current perceptions and priorities among education reporters, as well as early data to inform discussions by the EWA Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.


2016 National Winners for the Hechinger, Moskowitz, Eddie Awards in Education Reporting

The Education Writers Association is delighted to honor “Denied: How Texas Keeps Tens of Thousands of Children Out of Special Education,” an investigative series from the Houston Chronicle, with the top prize in the 2016 National Awards for Education Reporting. This year’s Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting will go to the reporter behind the series – Brian Rosenthal.


EWA Announces New ‘Global Lens’ Education Reporting Fellows

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

The latest round of the EWA Reporting Fellowship is focused on examining U.S. education through a global lens. Prior rounds include college and career readiness and success, as well as high school redesign.


Finalists for 2016 EWA Awards for Education Reporting and Eddie Prize Announced
Winners To Be Honored at Annual Conference

April 19, 2017 (WASHINGTON, DC)—The Education Writers Association is delighted to announce the finalists for the 2016 National Awards for Education Reporting and the Eddie Prize, recognizing the top education stories in online, print and broadcast media across the country.

Produced by outlets that ranged from one-person bureaus to news media powerhouses, 36 entries earned the status of finalist from EWA’s panel of judges. The entries were characterized by compelling writing, high-impact visuals, and illuminating data. 


EWA Announces New Education Reporting Fellows

EWA Reporting Fellowship

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

“We were heartened by the quality of the applications and the continued enthusiasm among EWA members for pursuing in-depth reporting projects,” said Caroline Hendrie, EWA’s executive director. “We expect the fellows’ work to advance important conversations about policies and practices shaping America’s schools.”