New to the Beat Program 2016: 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?


Do I have to be a K-12 education reporter to apply?

We welcome applications from reporters who are covering education from preschool through higher ed.

Is there any cost to participate?

There is no cost to participate. New to the Beat participants will receive scholarships to offset the cost of attending National Seminar.

What are my responsibilities as a New to the Beat participant?

You will attend an orientation workshop on Sunday, May 1, ahead of the kickoff of EWA’s 69th National Seminar in Boston. In addition to interacting with your mentors, you will be expected to produce at least one substantive news story that reflects your participation in the conference’s sessions.

I’ve already applied for a scholarship to attend National Seminar. Can I still apply for New to the Beat?


How many people will be selected for New to the Beat?

EWA will select up to 20 participants.

OK – I’m interested. What do I need to do?

Complete the application and have your newsroom supervisor email us a brief letter of support, confirming that your related story project will be published upon completion. Deadline is April 5 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time.