New to the Beat Program

Overview

2022 New to the Beat Program

Do you have fewer than two years' experience covering education? Need extra support and guidance from a veteran of the education beat (and from EWA)? 

Apply to join New to the Beat. Now in its sixth year, this popular EWA program offers a unique opportunity to sharpen your skills, connect with peers, and develop your knowledge of the essentials of K-12 and higher education.

Each participant is paired with a skilled mentor who brings extensive experience covering education. The program kicks off with a two-day workshop on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (EWA offers travel scholarships to cover the cost of airfare and hotel.) 

Rookies will also be expected to participate in EWA’s 75th National Seminar, to be held in July 2022 in Orlando, Florida.  

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Dec. 7.

Attendance at the in-person training is required.

The January event will cover beat basics like making the most of open records and how to find and use education research, plus provide a crash course in navigating education policy and politics. Participants will also learn how to use key federal databases, and how to take their writing and interviewing skills to the next level.

The mentorship program lasts six months. You will be required to produce a substantive piece of reporting that reflects your participation in the program, and we need your editor to approve your participation. Both K-12 and higher education reporters are encouraged to apply. (Do you cover preschool or a combination of education beats? We’d love to hear from you.)

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.

Questions? Start with the FAQ, which will also direct you to the online application portal.  

If you have additional questions, email EWA Public Editor Emily Richmond

Do you have fewer than two years’ experience covering education? Need extra support and guidance from a veteran of the education beat (and from EWA)? 

Apply to join New to the Beat. Now in its sixth year, this popular EWA program offers a unique opportunity to sharpen your skills, connect with peers, and develop your knowledge of the essentials of K-12 and higher education.

Each participant is paired with a skilled mentor who brings extensive experience covering education. The program kicks off with a two-day workshop on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (EWA offers travel scholarships to cover the cost of airfare and hotel.) 

Rookies will also be expected to participate in EWA’s 75th National Seminar, to be held in July 2022 in Orlando, Florida.  

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Dec. 7.

Attendance at the in-person training is required.

The January event will cover beat basics like making the most of open records and how to find and use education research, plus provide a crash course in navigating education policy and politics. Participants will also learn how to use key federal databases, and how to take their writing and interviewing skills to the next level.

The mentorship program lasts six months. You will be required to produce a substantive piece of reporting that reflects your participation in the program, and we need your editor to approve your participation. Both K-12 and higher education reporters are encouraged to apply. (Do you cover preschool or a combination of education beats? We’d love to hear from you.)

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.

Questions? Start with the FAQ, which will also direct you to the online application portal.  

If you have additional questions, email EWA Public Editor Emily Richmond

Information

New to the Beat Program 2022: 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.) 

What is the deadline to apply for New to the Beat? 

        Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021.

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Chicago Public Schools enrollment has dropped again, this time to 330,411 students, about 10,000 fewer kids than last year, according to numbers the district released Wednesday.

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Announcement

New to the Beat: Announcing the 2021 Rookies

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the class of 2021 for New to the Beat, a mentoring and training program for journalists with less than two years experience covering education.

The 28 rookies were selected through a competitive application process. Each will be matched with an experienced education reporter who will serve as a mentor and coach for the duration of the six-month program. The rookies also take part in specialized training opportunities.

Information

New to the Beat Program 2021: FAQs

Please note: The deadline to apply for the 2021 class of New to the Beat was Feb. 10, 2021. The application process is now closed.

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.) 

What is the deadline to apply for New to the Beat? 

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021.