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New to the Beat?

If you're new to journalism, or if you're a veteran reporter covering education for the first time, here are a few quick resources to get you up to speed.

If you’re new to journalism, or if you’re a veteran reporter covering education for the first time, here are a few quick resources to get you up to speed.

Download a copy of EWA’s Reporter Guide on Standards & Ethics. Keep it close at hand — it’s useful for all sorts of questions. For more how-to’s on best practices for ed journalists, see our EWA Reporter Guides page

Sign up for EWA membership. We’ll put you on our mailing list and contact you with great resources, event listings and backgrounders on the topics you’ll be covering. No spam, we promise. 

Join the K-12 or Higher Ed listserv (or both). If you need a source at the last minute, or advice from your peers, it might just be the most useful thing in your reporter’s toolkit.

Get to know our Public Editor. Emily Richmond writes a blog several times a week, but she also offers one-on-one help if you’re stuck in your reporting or need a fresh angle for your story. She’s eager to help, and the service is always free and confidential. 

Browse our topics pages. There’s a good chance you’ll be writing about something there very soon, and we’ve collected examples of great coverage, lists of organizations you can contact for information, story ideas to get you started and much more. 

Welcome to the beat! We know you’ll do great work, and we look forward to seeing your coverage. Keep EWA in the loop — tweet us a link to your work and we might feature you in our Member Stories section on the homepage.