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Gregory M. Chronister Journalism Fellowship Awarded

BETHESDA, Md.—Jan. 20, 2018—Education Week has awarded its inaugural Gregory M. Chronister Journalism Fellowship to Alex Granados, a senior reporter at EducationNC, to pursue a multimedia reporting project on education and migrant families in the United States.

“Alex’s selection is a fitting way to inaugurate Education Week’s Chronister Fellowship. Every state has migrant students, and this project will provide fresh perspectives into the work of administrators, teachers, and other educators to support ELL and migrant students and their families by uniquely combining local expertise and on-the-ground reporting with EdWeek’s national lens and audience,” said Michele J. Givens, president and CEO of Editorial Projects in Education. “It is work with both national resonance and local consequence.”

The fellowship was created in 2017 to honor and reflect the now-retired Gregory M. Chronister, who helped lead Education Week’s newsroom as executive editor and in other senior editorial roles for more than 30 years. Known for his commitment to producing balanced, thorough, high-quality reporting that could improve American education, Chronister served as a mentor and revered colleague to dozens of reporters, editors, and visual journalists during his tenure. Chronister retired this past summer.

The Fellowship drew a range of compelling proposals from journalists across the country, and the winning project was selected from among three finalists.

“This project stood out in a very competitive field for Alex’s deep experience in education journalism, and his clear passion for this story,” said Scott Montgomery, Education Week’s Editor-in-Chief. “We’ve got a great opportunity to tell a tremendously important story in a new way. It’s exciting.”

Reporting for the nonpartisan, nonprofit news site EducationNC since its founding four years ago, Granados covers the full range of educational issues in North Carolina, from legislative action to district-level impacts. He will continue to report for EducationNC during the fellowship.

“Alex’s in-depth reporting is respected across party lines in North Carolina, allowing him to develop sources and tighten the cycle between reporting the news in real time and its impact on public policy,” said Mebane Rash, CEO of EducationNC. “We are excited to partner with Education Week to highlight for our state, region, and the nation an issue that will shape our education system in the 21st century – the challenges and opportunities for migrant students.”

The fellowship, which provides financial support of up to $10,000, calls for a deeply reported investigative or enterprise package or series of stories that spotlights a pre-K-12 topic through a combination of interviews, site visits, background briefings, the use of databases and academic literature, and/or the fellow’s original data reporting.

Education Week will publish the completed work across its media platforms, as appropriate. The work may be co-published, in whole or in part, by the fellow’s regular employer or freelance outlet. For more information on the Gregory M. Chronister Journalism Fellowship, go to: https://chronisterfellowship.edweek.org or contact Scott Montgomery, Editor-in-Chief/Chief Content Officer: smontgomery@epe.org.


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