Finalist

Jon Marcus
The Hechinger Report

General News Outlet (Small Staff)
BEAT REPORTING

Source: The Hechinger Report

Jon Marcus describes a system of higher education that at times rewards the rich and struggles to manage its own finances. He also shatters common perceptions about the costs of education here and abroad.

Comments from the Judges:

“Wonderful explanatory reporting, including a real depth and variety of stories. Stand out in the package for me was the story behind the $150 million number Vanderbilt keeps throwing out. Also, Marcus’s take on the college rating system was smart and unique.”

“Jon Marcus’ pieces form a very solid package of beat reporting. His expertise shows through in the various topics, and I love that he was able to travel [to] Scandinavia and draw comparisons to U.S. education in the way that only a well-informed beat reporter can. I also [love] the piece about the confusing jargon on financial aid letters.”

“This is a really strong package with a variety of angles on higher education. The story about deciphering student aid letters and how confusing it can be was incredibly important, and he clearly did a lot of reporting analyzing language and humanizing an otherwise bureaucratic story. I also really liked the story about scholarships going to middle- and high-income students as opposed to low-income students — a story we’re beginning to see reported a lot of different ways.” 

EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2017 National Awards for Education Reporting.