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Overview

Pathways to Good Jobs
Higher Ed's Changing Role in Upward Mobility

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce that it will launch a training program to help journalists cover changes to the way postsecondary education is — or, too often, isn’t — launching students into good jobs. 

Starting with a two-afternoon (Eastern time) virtual event Dec. 10-11, and continuing with monthly webinars into early 2021, EWA will gather some of the nation’s leading researchers and practitioners of career education as well as labor market experts and employers for a series of interactive and on-the-record webinars.

Journalists will be able to meet and interview sources, get training on new and underutilized data sets revealing earnings from career-oriented educational programs, and swap tips and ideas among themselves. 

This program is free and open to any EWA journalist member, supporting community member, or student member. If you're interested in this event but not an EWA member, you still have time to join. Membership for journalists is free.

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce that it will launch a training program to help journalists cover changes to the way postsecondary education is — or, too often, isn’t — launching students into good jobs. 

Starting with a two-afternoon (Eastern time) virtual event Dec. 10-11, and continuing with monthly webinars into early 2021, EWA will gather some of the nation’s leading researchers and practitioners of career education as well as labor market experts and employers for a series of interactive and on-the-record webinars.

Journalists will be able to meet and interview sources, get training on new and underutilized data sets revealing earnings from career-oriented educational programs, and swap tips and ideas among themselves. 

This program is free and open to any EWA journalist member, supporting community member, or student member. If you’re interested in this event but not an EWA member, you still have time to join. Membership for journalists is free.

Latest News

The Awkward Truth About ‘Free College’—It Isn’t Truly Free

In 2014, when Tennessee unveiled a statewide scholarship to cover tuition expenses at community colleges, the program was praised for making higher education possible for more people. It even inspired President Obama to pitch a similar federal program.

But as soon as more people showed up to campuses in 2015, Tennessee higher ed leaders discovered a problem: Students were surprised by the additional costs of going to college.

Webinar

Pathways: Experts Offer a Quick Roundup on Student Loan Forgiveness
Webinar will provide journalists with resources, context and answers about education debt forgiveness plans.

Pathways: Experts Offer a Quick Roundup on Student Loan Forgiveness

Proposals to forgive some or all of the nation’s $1.5 trillion in student loans are making headlines as the Biden administration considers how to restart the economy and make the U.S. education system more equitable.

In this EWA webinar, speakers discussed the impact of student debt forgiveness on access to higher education and pathways to good jobs. They shared their insights and answered audience questions on this pressing topic.

Webinar

What’s Happening With College Behind Bars?

What’s Happening With College Behind Bars?

The vast majority of the 2.2 million Americans behind bars get almost no formal higher educational services, meaning they have little opportunity to develop new skills that might help them thrive upon release. 

But now, despite today’s polarized political environment, there’s a bipartisan push to improve prisoners’ access to higher education. Proposals such as Pell Grants for prisoners and STEM training programs for the incarcerated are winning support from Republicans and Democrats.  

Agenda

Agenda for Pathways to Good Jobs
Dec. 10 - 11, 2020

Attendance at EWA’s 2020 Pathways event is free, but is limited to EWA Journalist, Student and Supporting Community members who pre-register.

Journalist non-members interested in this event, can join EWA for free! 

Non-journalists are also welcome to join EWA as Supporting Community Members and attend this event. 

This agenda is tentative and subject to change. It was updated Nov. 19, 2020.

All times are EST.

Webinar

After Election Day, What’s Next for Education?

After Election Day, What’s Next for Education?

What will President-elect Joe Biden’s victory mean for education? How does the uncertainty in political control of the Senate complicate matters? What actions can the Biden administration accomplish through executive action?

Get early indications of likely actions on issues including emergency aid for schools and colleges, civil rights enforcement, Title IX, student loans, and more during this Education Writers Association Webinar.

Announcement

EWA Seeks Proposals for In-Depth Reporting Projects

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce a call for proposals for its next class of EWA Reporting Fellows, with opportunities to fuel enterprising news coverage of education. The fellowships provide financial awards to journalists to undertake ambitious reporting and writing projects. This will be the 11th class of EWA Reporting Fellows.

Blog: Higher Ed Beat

How the Pandemic Is Changing the World of College Admissions
Journalists should examine access, enrollment uncertainty

Hundreds of colleges are going test-optional. Fewer students are filling out financial-aid forms. Everyone is staring down unknowns.

The field of admissions has been turned upside down, Eric Hoover, a senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education, said as he kicked off a panel about college admissions and enrollment at the Education Writers Association’s 2020 National Seminar.

Blog: The Educated Reporter

Schools Experiment to Allay the Inequitable Impact of COVID-19
Pandemic sparks calls for changes to technology, curriculum and funding.

In an effort to counteract the way COVID-19 is worsening many educational inequities, government and educational leaders around the country are trying a variety of interventions such as free headphones, traffic light Wi-Fi, and more explicit teaching about the realities of race relations.

Blog: The Educated Reporter

Educating During COVID: Superintendents and College Leaders Scramble to Fill Students’ New Needs
Solutions include more financial aid, free headphones and traffic light wifi hotspots

Pedro Martinez, the superintendent of the San Antonio Independent School District, oversees the education of almost 50,000 students. Ninety percent live in poverty, he said, and half of the families in the district make less than $35,000 a year. Martinez described educating students, kindergarten through high school, who live in cramped homes without computers or internet connections since the pandemic hit in March. 

Seminar

73rd EWA National Seminar

EWA’s National Seminar is the largest annual gathering of journalists on the education beat. 

This multi-day conference is designed to give participants the skills, understanding, and inspiration to improve their coverage of education at all levels. It also will deliver a lengthy list of story ideas. We will offer numerous sessions on important education issues, as well as on journalism skills.

EWA Radio

When College Students Aren’t College-Ready
Thousands of students struggle at Chicago’s two-year colleges. Is an overhaul of developmental ed. programs enough to help?
(EWA Radio: Episode 231)

In Chicago, thousands of students are earning high school diplomas but showing up at the city’s two-year colleges unprepared for the next step in their academic journeys. In a new project, Kate McGee of WBEZ looked at efforts to buck that trend, including an innovative program developed not by outside experts but the system’s own faculty.  Along the way, she explored a number of questions: Do students benefit more from remedial classes that re-teach them material they were supposed to master in high school, or from being placed directly into college classes with additional support like tutoring