New to the Beat Program

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2019 New to the Beat Program

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

Apply to join New to the Beat, one of EWA’s most popular programs. We will pair you up with a skilled mentor who is an experienced education journalist. And we’ll kick things off with a free, two-day workshop on Oct. 27-28 near Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The deadline to apply is Sept. 26. 

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

Apply to join New to the Beat, one of EWA’s most popular programs. We will pair you up with a skilled mentor who is an experienced education journalist. And we’ll kick things off with a free, two-day workshop on Oct. 27-28 near Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The deadline to apply is Sept. 26. 

Attendance at this training is required but participants receive a travel scholarship to cover their costs. The seminar will cover beat basics like making the most of open records, and give you a crash course in the latest must-know education policy. You’ll also learn how to use federal databases, to interpret education research, and how to take your 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. Reporters will be expected to produce at least one substantive news story that reflects new skills and knowledge gained through participation in the program. 

Questions? Start with the FAQs.

The application is hereThe deadline to apply is Thursday, Sept. 26. Applicants will be notified of their status by October.

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New to the Beat Program 2019: 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!