EWA Fellows Class 10

Overview

EWA Announces Fall 2020 Class of Reporting Fellows

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce its 10th class of EWA Reporting Fellows as part of the organization’s drive to support enterprising journalism that informs the public about consequential issues in education.

“Our journalist members are producing outstanding work in unprecedented circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic downturn,” said Caroline Hendrie, EWA’s executive director. “We are proud to support in-depth projects that focus needed attention on critical issues in K-12 and higher education.” 

Ten projects were selected in this round. Each EWA Reporting Fellowship provides up to $8,000 to help cover reporting costs, plus other assistance.

The newest class of EWA Reporting Fellows represents a diverse mix of news outlets. The projects are expected to be published during the 2020-21 academic year.

Meet the Fellows:

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce its 10th class of EWA Reporting Fellows as part of the organization’s drive to support enterprising journalism that informs the public about consequential issues in education.

“Our journalist members are producing outstanding work in unprecedented circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic downturn,” said Caroline Hendrie, EWA’s executive director. “We are proud to support in-depth projects that focus needed attention on critical issues in K-12 and higher education.” 

Ten projects were selected in this round. Each EWA Reporting Fellowship provides up to $8,000 to help cover reporting costs, plus other assistance.

The newest class of EWA Reporting Fellows represents a diverse mix of news outlets. The projects are expected to be published during the 2020-21 academic year.

Meet the Fellows:

Key Coverage

What Missouri Schools Can Learn From How Germany Has Handled School Reopenings

In St. Louis, many public school districts are just beginning to bring students back for in-person instruction. Saying it’s still not safe, other districts continue to offer only a virtual model. But in Germany, things look much different. School was in session last spring, and it resumed in person again in August — and not just for little kids, either.

Key Coverage

How German Students Have Been Back At School Since Spring, While Missourians Are Just Returning

It’s halfway through the fall semester, and many students in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas are just now trickling back into classrooms. Thousands are still learning from home. Meanwhile, in most of Europe, schools have been open since August with students attending in person daily.

A robust public health system, hygiene measures and targeted quarantines of students and staff exposed to the coronavirus get the credit. But that early success could soon be put to the test as cold weather arrives along with a resurgence of cases of the coronavirus.

Fellow Profile

Monica Braine & Charlotte West
Native America Calling & The Hechinger Report

Profiles of Native American high school seniors and first-year college students in the Southwestern U.S. will shed light on the challenges faced by students whose families have been directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The series will also explore racial inequities in access to support services that could improve their odds of success in college and careers.

Fellow Profile

Daarel Burnette
Education Week

The coronavirus pandemic is expected to take a severe financial toll on school districts that serve large concentrations of low-income Black and Latino families. How will budget cuts this school year affect classroom learning for students already disenfranchised and left behind?

Fellow Profile

Christina Couch
Nova

New federal, state and private investments are expanding science education within the U.S. prison system. How does this contrast with the almost nonexistent pathways into the sciences available to formerly incarcerated individuals, as well as the steep obstacles they face to break into research fields or use this education after leaving prison?

Fellow Profile

Maritza Félix
Prensa Arizona

During the pandemic, Latino students with disabilities are facing additional challenges with distance learning as a result of language barriers and a lack of resources. How are their parents adapting to take on a more active role in ensuring their children don’t fall behind?

Fellow Profile

Sara Hebel
Open Campus

Colleges play a central role in their communities as a force for economic recovery from the pandemic. How is the current crisis reshaping some longstanding “town and gown” relationships?

photo of Janelle Retka
Fellow Profile

Janelle Retka
Yakima Herald

An exploration of how Washington state’s child care deserts, which create inequity before young children even enter the school system, have been exacerbated by the pandemic and what this means for impacted students and their families.

Fellow Profile

Jeff Young
EdSurge

How will colleges and universities handle the many unknown challenges of the first full academic year in the COVID-19 era? In a podcast series, EdSurge will follow a group of students and professors and chronicle their experiences. , with an emphasis on how first-generation and low-income college students face different challenges than those from better-resourced families.