FAQs on the 71st EWA National Seminar


Where will the National Seminar be held?

All sessions will be held on the University of Southern California campus.


When does the National Seminar start and end?

National Seminar sessions will run approximately from 9:00 a.m. on May 16 through 4:00 p.m. on May 18.


What meals are provided during the National Seminar?

Most meals during the seminar will be provided on campus near the sessions site. EWA does not reimburse for additional meals.


I have a disability or dietary restriction. Who do I inform?

Contact EWA with any concerns or questions. For dietary concerns, remember to provide this information during the registration process.


Will there be site visits during the National Seminar?

We hope so! Visits are still in development; check the National Seminar page for new details.


Can I park my car at USC?

Parking on campus is limited and EWA cannot guarantee parking. For more information, visit the Parking website.



How can I apply for a scholarship?

You have to be a qualified journalist to be eligible for a scholarship. We are no longer taking scholarship applications for the 2018 National Seminar.


I’m a journalist who received a scholarship. What’s the reimbursement process?

For details on the process, see the Journalist Scholarship Steps.


What does my travel scholarship cover?

Scholarships can cover or reimburse your seminar registration fee, travel to Los Angeles (e.g., airfare, train fare, or mileage), and hotel stay.

Scholarships DO NOT cover incidental charges, such as hotel costs beyond your scholarship award and the parameters of the seminar (e.g., hotel incidentals or additional nights at the hotel unless specifically approved by EWA), ground travel (e.g., taxis or shuttles from the airport to the hotel or home, car rentals, and associated fees unless specifically approved by EWA), baggage fees (checked or carry-on), other travel expenses (e.g., upgrades, travel insurance, parking, or meals). EWA will provide meals and refreshments while the seminar is in session.


I can no longer attend the National Seminar. What do I do?

If you are no longer able to attend, let us know immediately. Scholarships are non-transferable. If you had a scholarship, we may be able to grant it to another journalist. Refunds for registration fees are available until April 15, 2018, less $100 processing fee.



Where is the conference hotel?

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites
404 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

To book your hotel accommodations, please use this specialized link for the EWA room block.

I went to make my hotel reservation, and the hotel asked me for a credit card. Is my card going to get charged today?

The hotel needs a credit card to hold the room, but you should not be charged before arriving at the hotel in May.


How do I get to USC from the hotel?

USC is very convenient for mass transit. The Expo Line runs directly from downtown to the campus. For more information, visit the LA Metro website. EWA will not provide dedicated transportation.



I applied for and received a scholarship. Does this mean I’m registered?

Not yet! You still need to officially register.


Is my registration transferable?

Registrations are non-transferable.  Partial refunds are available until April 15.


Someone wants to attend a single session with me. Is that okay?

Due to space limitations, we can not allow drop-in attendees to any sessions. Anyone that wishes to attend sessions must register.


Can I register for only one day of the seminar?

No, registration is for all three days.


Can I register and pay on-site?

No. All attendees must register and pay prior to the seminar’s start.


I registered, booked my flight, and reserved my hotel room. What else?

You’re all set! If you have any questions, let us know.


When will the schedule of events be available?

Soon! Keep checking our National Seminar page for the latest updates and news.


Can I get a list of National Seminar attendees?

EWA does not provide membership or event attendance lists per our privacy policy. There will be opportunities for networking, and we encourage you to follow the National Seminar hashtag, #ewa18.



How can my organization become a sponsor, exhibitor, or advertiser?

Check out our sponsorship information page. If you have any questions, our development director Rachel Wolin can help.



Where can I get more info on this year’s EWA National Awards for Education Reporting?

More information is on the 2017 awards page.


I have a guest who wants to attend the Awards Banquet. Can they join me?

Single tickets to the Awards Banquet are available. Contact EWA for more details.



How can I find out my membership status?

Just ask us.