Blog: The Educated Reporter

Deadline Today: ‘New to the Beat’ Mentoring Program

There’s still time to submit your application for New to the Beat, EWA’s orientation and mentoring program, which debuts this spring. Here are answers to some of the questions we’ve received: 

Q. What’s the deadline to apply?

A. Monday, Feb. 23 at 11:59 p.m. PST. 

Q. How do I know if I’m “new” enough to the beat to qualify?

A. We’re looking for reporters who have been on the beat for less than two years. However, if you’ve been writing about education for two years, or even a little bit longer than that, we’d still like to hear from you.

Q. Will it take a long time to complete the application? 

A. It shouldn’t take you more than 15 minutes to apply.

Q. Can I apply now and have my editor submit the required letter of support later on?

A. Absolutely. Just make sure to list your editor/supervisor’s name in the application.

Q. I write about higher education. Should I apply?

A. We welcome applications from both K-12 and higher education reporters. 

Q. Is there a cost to participate?

A. There is no cost to participate. Reporters  selected for the program will receive scholarship assistance to attend the orientation workshop at National Seminar in Chicago. 

Q. Is this going to be fun? 

A. Of course it’s going to be fun! But you also have an opportunity to pick up some new skills, broaden your career horizons, and receive one-on-one mentoring and coaching from a veteran education journalist.