Claire McNeill Higher Education Coverage
Beat Reporting (Large Staff)

Entry Credit

  • Claire McNeill, Tampa Bay Times

About the Entry

Claire McNeill digs into the reasons behind and repercussions of education news in Florida. Key stories included a sensitive examination of the background behind a suicide at a college that had recently fired its last full-time mental health counselor, the psychology of rural students to help readers understand the low rural student college enrollment rate, and a heart-rending portrayal of a college shooting victim’s isolation, pain, and struggles.

Comments from the Judges

“This reporter writes with impressive empathy across very diverse subjects.”

“This journalist is raising issues that I don’t see addressed in higher education coverage — or at least not in this way. For example, black students’ feelings of isolation at Florida’s flagship public university and rural students’ grappling with place, working-class culture, and the push to get a college degree. I liked her use of sources and attention to detail.”

“This is a reporter who is very good at scanning the disparate institutions on her beat and finds good human interest stories that illuminate broader conflicts and debates in higher ed.”


EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2018 National Awards for Education Reporting.