The mission of the Education Writers Association is to strengthen
the community of education writers and improve the quality of
education coverage to better inform the public.
As the professional organization of members of the media who
cover education at all levels, EWA has worked for more than 65
years to help journalists get the story right. Today, EWA has
more than 3,000 members benefiting from our high-quality
programs, training, information, support, and recognition.
The need for top-notch coverage of education is more
pressing than ever.
Yet the capacity of education
journalists to achieve excellence is under great strain. Caught
between eroding business models and an accelerating news cycle,
today’s reporters, editors, and other media professionals need a
community of colleagues to help them tell stories that make a
difference. EWA is that community.
What we do.
Benefiting from the vision of a dynamic board of directors, EWA
is reinvigorating long-standing services while opening new
avenues for members to connect, learn, and access individual
assistance. Webinars, blogs, videos, podcasts, e-newsletters, and
email listservs are among the ways EWA knits together the
community that cares about high-quality education coverage.
Our professional gatherings include the National Seminar, an
annual conference on covering education from cradle to career for
hundreds of journalists, education experts, newsmakers, and
others. The annual Higher Education Seminar focuses on
postsecondary education, while other gatherings throughout the
year offer training and information on a range of timely topics
in both education and journalism.
Our public editor provides free, confidential help with
reporting, writing, and editing to hundreds of journalists each
year. And the National Awards for Education Reporting, an annual
contest, recognizes excellence in all types of media, including
through the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished
The EWA Reporting Fellowships offer financial support and other
assistance for journalism projects aimed at
producing compelling, in-depth coverage of critical
issues in education.
We extend eligibility for membership both to working journalists
and to others interested in advancing high-quality coverage of
education. Members in the journalist category produce independent
news media products for digital and print newspapers, magazines,
radio, television, and other journalism outlets. Community
members include advocates, authors, communications officers, educators, and
researchers, among others.
EWA is a nonprofit journalism organization funded in part by
grants from leading foundations, seminar sponsorships, and
individual donations. EWA maintains editorial control over all
its programs and services. To join, visit our registration page.
EWA is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our tax ID
# is 23-7439790. Publicly available financial data may be found