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Danielle Dreilinger
Education Journalist

Danielle Dreilinger is an independent journalist writing a book about the surprising feminist history of home economics, to be published in 2021 by W. W. Norton. For five years, she covered New Orleans’ contentious charter school revolution for | The Times-Picayune. Before moving to Louisiana, she produced WGBH’s local news website and wrote for the Boston Globe about gentrification, diversity, politics and features.


What Does the GOP Tax Overhaul Mean for Education?

What Does the GOP Tax Overhaul Mean for Education?

With President Trump expected to sign GOP legislation approved this week to overhaul the tax code, analysts are scrambling to unpack the complicated GOP deal, including the stakes for education. The plan could make it much harder for some communities to pay for public schools, analysts say, while it offers a new tax break for private school tuition and other K-12 expenses. Meanwhile, last-minute dealmaking has led to key shifts in how the tax package will impact colleges and universities.


David Loewenberg
Program Manager

David Loewenberg is a program manager at the Education Writers Association. He develops content for EWA events, conducts research and writes for the organization’s website, and supports other EWA programs.


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.