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EWA Announces Finalists for 2021 National Awards for Education Reporting

May 18, 2022 (WASHINGTON, DC)—The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the category finalists for the 2021 National Awards for Education Reporting, recognizing the top education journalism in the United States.

In a year featuring dramatic disputes over masking, vaccines, school closures, and diversity, finalists adroitly covered high-profile controversies ranging from efforts to address racism in schools to the way educators handled instruction during the pandemic. 

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In Memoriam: Sierra Jenkins, Virginian-Pilot Education Reporter

It is with tremendous sorrow that we share the news of the death of EWA member Sierra Jenkins of The Virginian-Pilot and the Daily Press. She was shot and killed over the weekend in Norfolk, Virginia, while leaving a restaurant. She was 25. 

Jenkins joined EWA in fall 2021. She had already distinguished herself with strong education reporting for The Pilot and its sibling publication, the Daily Press. 

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Join EWA’s New ‘Reporting With Education Research’ Program

“What does the research say about that?” If you have ever asked yourself that question when getting started on an education story – or think now is a good time to start – we’ve got just the program for you.

The Education Writers Association is accepting applications to join our new “Reporting With Education Research” program. Eligibility is a benefit of EWA membership, which is free for qualifying journalists.

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New to the Beat: Announcing the 2022 Rookies

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The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the class of 2022 for New to the Beat, a mentoring and training program for journalists with less than two years experience covering education.

The 22 rookies were selected through a competitive application process. Each will be matched with an experienced education reporter who will serve as a mentor and coach for the duration of the six-month program. The rookies also take part in specialized training opportunities.

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EWA Caucus on School Finance: An Online Reporting Community

School finance is a complex but critically important topic for education journalists to cover. Amid a mass influx of federal COVID-19 recovery aid, efforts to revamp state funding formulas, and other developments, the need is urgent for journalists to help the public make sense of education funding matters.

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EWA Elects 2021-22 Board Officers

The Board of Directors of the Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the election of new officers of the board. Effective December 1, 2021, the following board officers began two-year terms: 

Board officers for 2021–22

President: Steve Drummond
Executive Producer, NPR News

Vice President, Journalists: Eva-Marie Ayala
Education Lab Editor, The Dallas Morning News

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Entries Are Open for the 2021 National Awards for Education Reporting
Journalists Working in All Media Invited to Compete

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 National Awards for Education Reporting. Journalists may submit entries  from Nov. 15, 2021, through Jan. 10, 2022.

Journalists who published work in 2021 on any education topic in any medium are encouraged to enter EWA’s annual journalism contest, which honors the best of education reporting across all news media. The awards program offers a total of 20 prizes, with cash awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

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Share Your Best Ideas for EWA’s 2022 National Seminar

The Education Writers Association is planning to celebrate its 75th anniversary at the 2022 National Seminar in Orlando, Florida, from July 24 to 26. But first, we need your help.

Suggest speakers you’d like to hear, topics to address, and training to help education journalists from around the nation. 

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EWA Seeks Proposals to Develop Online Course

The Education Writers Association is seeking an instructional designer to develop an online course using pre-existing curriculum materials. The course must be able to be exported to the WordPress LMS plugin, LearnDash.

Applicants should have significant experience developing engaging e-learning courses. 

The deadline for proposals is June 4, 2021. EWA will prioritize high quality proposals from contractors with immediate availability to begin the project. The target date for project completion is August 1, 2021.

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EWA Seeks Proposals for Ambitious Reporting Projects

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce a call for proposals for its next class of EWA Reporting Fellows, in support of enterprising news coverage of education. The fellowships provide financial awards to journalists to undertake ambitious reporting and writing projects. This will be the 12th class of EWA Reporting Fellows.

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New to the Beat: Announcing the 2021 Rookies

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the class of 2021 for New to the Beat, a mentoring and training program for journalists with less than two years experience covering education.

The 28 rookies were selected through a competitive application process. Each will be matched with an experienced education reporter who will serve as a mentor and coach for the duration of the six-month program. The rookies also take part in specialized training opportunities.

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EWA Opens Registration for 2021 National Seminar
Now What? Reporting on Education Amid Uncertainty

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COVID-19, viral examples of racism, financial distress and political discord: Reporters covering education amid these crises have never faced more challenges, or been more important to the nation. And despite the recent spread of vaccines, hope for economic recovery, and changes to federal policies, the education and journalism worlds still both face extraordinary difficulties in 2021. 

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EWA Caucus on Teaching & Learning: An Online Reporting Community

COVID-19 has fundamentally disrupted the core enterprise of schools — teaching and learning. With education reporters on the front lines to help the public make sense of the pandemic’s impact on schools and students, EWA is offering a unique opportunity for journalists to step up their game.

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New to the Beat Class of ‘21: Apply Now

photo of the 2020 EWA New To The Beat Class

EWA is accepting applications through Feb. 10 for the New to the Beat class of ‘21. New to the Beat, one of EWA’s most popular training programs, offers rookie education journalists a unique opportunity to sharpen their skills, connect with peers and mentors, and develop deep knowledge of the essentials of K-12 and higher education.