Press Release

Equity Matters
Covering the Troubling Divide in the Education of America’s Children A symposium for education reporters

Friday, June 3 ● New York

Renaissance Journalism is pleased to announce a one-day symposium on educational equity for journalists. Equity Matters will bring together the nation’s top experts and education journalists in examining the root causes and impact of our nation’s ever-widening “opportunity gap.” This disparity in access to educational resources and opportunities has resulted in an unequal education system, shortchanging the futures of millions of low-income, minority and immigrant children.

This in-depth symposium will offer journalists with fresh insights, new sources, and the latest research and data to help foster ways to write

about the issue with greater depth, impact and clarity. Journalists in the Equity Reporting Project, a groundbreaking fellowship program sponsored by Renaissance Journalism, will lead discussions on reporting strategies. A partial list of guest presenters includes:

  • Nikole Hannah-Jones, Investigative Reporter, The New York Times
  • Gloria Ladson-Billings, Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Sean Reardon, Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education, Stanford University
  • Kristina Rizga, Education Reporter, Mother Jones
  • Richard Rothstein, Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute
  • Keith M. Woods, Vice President for Diversity in News & Operations, National Public Radio

The symposium is being offered free of charge to journalists, but pre-registration is required. Request an invitation at The program, which will conclude with a networking reception, will be held at the New York headquarters of The Ford Foundation, which has provided support for the Equity Reporting Project.

Renaissance Journalism sponsors national initiatives that support journalists and their news organizations to produce ambitious, in-depth and compelling stories that reveal and illuminate social injustice and inequity. The center was created by San Francisco State University’s Journalism Department in partnership with ZeroDivide, a nonprofit organization. The executive director is Jon Funabiki, a professor of journalism.

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