Sure, it takes a little time to go through your clips and write up an entry letter for the Education Writers Association’s awards program. But veteran entrants say there’s potentially a big payoff to you personally—and the journalism profession overall.
Recipients of the EWA Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting.
John Matthews, Washington Star (1972)
William Grant, Detroit Free Press (1973)
James Nolan and Linda Stahl, Louisville Courier-Journal (1974)
Jonathan Neumann, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton, Mass. (1975)
James Worsham and Marguerite Del Guidice, Boston Globe (1976)
Lou Antosh, Philadelphia Bulletin (1977)
Stanley Moulton and Laurel Sorenson, Daily Hampshire Gazette (1978)
Each year, contest judges select one piece of coverage from among the first prize winners as the recipient of EWA’s top prize, the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting. Named for the late New York Times education editor Fred M. Hechinger, the award includes a cash prize of $10,000.
View the list of previous Hechinger Grand Prize winners.
2019 Awards Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers about the Education Writers Association journalism contest
Most common questions about the awards are listed here.
All entries must have been published, posted or broadcast in an independent news outlet for the first time in 2019, with the following exceptions: EWA does accept series in which some of the articles were published during the 2018–2019 school year, but a majority of the series’ pieces must have run in calendar year 2019. There’s one additional caveat to this exception: Stories published or broadcast in 2018 that were recognized in last year’s EWA awards are ineligible for consideration in this year’s awards.
The Education Writers Association’s 2019 National Awards for Education Reporting competition consists of seven categories. In addition, EWA welcomes entries for the Eddie Prize.
Entrants should review all categories before entering their submissions. The most notable change since 2018 is the creation of a separate category for investigative journalism.
EWA 2019 Awards Overview Quick Webinar
In less than 30 minutes you'll learn about new categories and how to enter.
If you’re interested in entering the 2019 National Awards for Education Reporting, the Education Writers Association will hold a brief webinar to outline the rules, categories and submission platform at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18
In this 30-minute mini-webinar, Public Editor Emily Richmond will answer your questions and give a quick tour of the online entry form.
The Education Writers Association’s National Awards for Education Reporting advance education journalism by recognizing the field’s very best efforts. The awards’ goals are to:
- Encourage and inspire more and better education journalism.
- Underscore the importance of excellent reporting and storytelling as a cornerstone of democracy and education.
- Highlight and celebrate the work journalists do to make a positive difference in their communities.
All independent news media may participate in the awards. So whether your work appeared in print or online, on TV or the radio, or all of the above, we’re eager to recognize meritorious coverage of any aspect of education.
To enter work from 2019, journalists must complete the online entry form between Nov. 15 through midnight PST Dec. 15, 2019.