Higher Ed Virtual Seminar

Overview

Higher Education Seminar Fall 2020
Racial Reckonings Amid COVID, Recession and Political Conflict (September 15-16)

The Education Writers Association will hold its 2020 fall Higher Education Seminar on September 15-16 on the theme of “Racial Reckonings Amid COVID, Recession and Political Conflict.”

While struggling with immediate crises such as the current pandemic and funding collapse, many colleges around the country are also being pressed to finally confront the long-entrenched systemic racism that has reinforced inequities in opportunity.

The Education Writers Association will hold its 2020 fall Higher Education Seminar on September 15-16 on the theme of “Racial Reckonings Amid COVID, Recession and Political Conflict.”

While struggling with immediate crises such as the current pandemic and funding collapse, many colleges around the country are also being pressed to finally confront the long-entrenched systemic racism that has reinforced inequities in opportunity.

Held online, this training event will offer dozens of story ideas, practical reporting tips, access to leading experts and chances to connect with colleagues. To make sure you get a seat, register now. (Journalists can apply for a scholarship to cover their registration fees here.)

This year’s seminar will examine, among other topics:

  • The rise — and impact — of student activism.

  • How colleges are changing the way they teach about race and racism.

  • The momentous financial challenges facing many colleges — especially minority-serving institutions.

  • The impact of the pandemic and racial conflicts on the mental health of college students, and what colleges are doing to help.

  • The equity implications of reduced reliance on tests and other looming changes to college admissions practices.

Registration is $200. Journalists can apply for a scholarship to cover registration less a $35 deposit (refundable after the journalist completes the post-event evaluation). Questions? Email us.

We are no longer accepting Journalist scholarship applications.

Registration has now closed for this event.

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The Top 11 Higher Ed Stories Likely to Make Headlines This Year
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COVID-19 will continue to be a major story topic for the 2020-21 school year, but reporters should also look at the future of affirmative action and race on college campuses, according to Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jaschik.

Jaschik, veteran higher education journalist and editor, listed his top 11 topics he thinks every higher education reporter should be ready to cover.

Announcement

EWA Offers “Office Hours” With Expert Communications Professionals
Higher Ed Seminar attendees can apply for 20-minute private consultations

Want to talk over a big idea? Get advice on a career change? Or looking for an expert perspective on a workplace challenge? Take advantage of this year’s Office Hours at EWA’s Higher Education Seminar, Sept. 15-16. Among the experts who will be offering office hours are:

  • Lauren Empson, founder and communications consultant, Empson Communications

  • Sharise M. Johnson, chief communications consultant, SMJ Communications Consulting

Announcement

EWA Offers “Office Hours” With Veteran Education Journalists
Higher Ed Seminar journalist attendees can apply for 20-minute private consultations.

Want to talk over a big story idea? Need career advice? Or looking for an expert perspective on a workplace challenge?

Take advantage of this year’s Office Hours at EWA’s Higher Education Seminar, Sept. 15-16.

We’re offering journalist attendees one-on-one opportunities to chat with veteran and prize-winning higher education reporters and editors, including: