New to the Beat Program

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Overview

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.

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.

Through a competitive application process, EWA will select recruits for New to the Beat, which is among our most popular programs. (The program is for reporters with fewer than two years of experience covering education.)

In addition to the mentorship and additional support from EWA’s public editor, participants will benefit from specialized programming, webinars, and resources geared to their needs. Reporters will be expected to produce at least one substantive news story that reflects new skills and knowledge gained through participation in the 2018 National Seminar.

The application process includes completing a brief survey and submitting a letter of support from a newsroom supervisor. Both K-12 and higher education reporters are encouraged to apply.

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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?

Yes!