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Danielle Dreilinger
Education Journalist

Danielle Dreilinger is a freelance education journalist. She covered the contentious world of New Orleans education for, The Times-Picayune from 2012 to 2017. Foremost among her current interests are poverty, parent empowerment, discipline, cheating and vulnerable children. Previously, she produced the local news website for WGBH public radio in Boston and wrote for The Boston Globe, most notably as the Somerville correspondent.


Rick Wilson
Multimedia & IT Manager

Rick Wilson is the multimedia and IT manager for the Education Writers Association. In addition to overseeing technical aspects of EWA’s website and member support systems, he is producer/engineer of the EWA Radio podcast and webinars, as well as other technical areas of the day to day operations at EWA.


New to the Beat Program 2018: FAQs

Who is eligible to apply for New to the Beat?

Applicants must be journalist members of the Education Writers Association with less than two years experience covering education. (Not yet a member? Apply here.)

I’ve been a journalist for more than two years but this is my first time on the education beat. Am I eligible to apply?



New to the Beat Program


The Education Writers Association offers a unique opportunity to support reporters who are new to the education beat. The next opportunity to participate is expected to be in the fall of 2019. 

The New to the Beat program blends specialized programming at EWA’s National Seminar with ongoing, customized assistance. Each participant will be paired with a veteran journalist who will serve as a mentor for six months.


Summer Story Ideas: Local Angles on Federal Issues
Trump Budget, ESSA, Pell Grants ... and More!

Summer Story Ideas: Local Angles on Federal Issues

School’s out, but there’s no shortage of compelling summer stories to pursue on the education beat.

How might President Trump’s proposed budget cuts for education impact summer learning programs? How is your state incorporating summer learning into its revamped accountability plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)? What’s the latest on summer Pell Grants?


Back-to-School: Story Ideas That Shine
Thursday, Aug. 24 — 2 p.m. Eastern

Back-to-School: Story Ideas That Shine

Finding fresh angles on familiar ground can be an annual challenge for education reporters. With this webinar, you’ll get smart tips from experienced journalists for great stories on the first day of school and beyond.

We’ll discuss novel ways of approaching the new academic year, from preschool through higher education. You’ll get ideas for unique profiles, for making the most of your publication’s multimedia resources, and for exploring a range of timely questions on the beat.

Blog: The Educated Reporter

DeVos Won’t Be Speaking at EWA Seminar But Here’s What Other Education Secretaries Had to Say

When U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos declined EWA’s invitation to speak at its 70th National Seminar, it prompted coverage from The Associated Press, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, among others, in part because of her already limited press availability in the nearly four months since she was appointed to the cabinet post.

Key Coverage

Can These Chicago High Schools Survive?

In Chicago, where funding follows students, Tilden is one of more than a dozen shrinking neighborhood high schools that has been starved of resources, leaving students like Averett to prepare for their futures in largely empty buildings that can make dreaming big a daily struggle.

“Why should we go without because of our student body?” asked Averett, who dreams of attending college and pursuing a career in law enforcement. “I feel like it’s unfair. We should get the high school treatment too. But, you know, it is what it is.”

Key Coverage

Data: U.S. School Buildings: Age, Condition, and Spending

How well are America’s public school buildings and other facilities holding up? How much is the nation spending to build and maintain them? Is it enough? And just who’s bearing the costs?

Here’s some data to fuel that discussion gleaned from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Department of Education, and a 2016 joint report from the 21st Century School Fund, the National Council on School Facilities, and the Center for Green Schools.