2019 EWA National Seminar
Want to tell a gripping tale? Be prepared to be patient — and really listen — when you do the reporting for your story.
That’s what Chalkbeat Chicago education reporter Adeshina Emmanuel said as he spoke to a room full of education reporters in the EWA session “How I Did The Story, K-12,” describing his method for a story about a 16-year-old Chicago student who could not read.
What students learn every day in their classes is the core of the K-12 enterprise. And yet, unless it’s part of a really terrible lesson that goes viral, content is rarely the focal point for education news coverage.
As curriculum rises on policymakers’ agendas, it should also be a focus of the nation’s education reporters, agreed panelists at the Education Writers Association’s 72nd annual conference in Baltimore this month.
Top 10 Higher Education Story Ideas for 2019-20
Inside Higher Ed's Scott Jaschik says admissions, free speech and rising graduation rates will make headlines.
While the hottest higher education story of early 2019 involved celebrities trying to bribe their kids’ way into elite colleges, many other important stories are likely to make news in the 2019-20 academic year, according to Scott Jaschik, editor of Inside Higher Ed.
The veteran higher education journalist and editor listed the 10 topics he thinks every higher education reporter should be ready to cover in the coming months.
Covering How ‘Varsity Blues’ Affects College Admissions
Experts suggest following up with investigations into large inequities and sports recruiting.
The “Varsity Blues” scandal involved a small group of wealthy families using bribes and other tactics to gain admissions to selective colleges. But it also illuminated broader admissions problems – particularly those involving income disparities – that should be examined by education reporters, according to experts who spoke at the 2019 Education Writers Association seminar in Baltimore.
Six Story Ideas for Covering Race on Campus
College student body diversity, recruiting practices and history
Journalists who want to better cover the reality of the racial environment on college campuses should broaden their focus beyond protests against Confederate statues or controversies over yearbook pictures, advised a group of researchers, educators and veteran journalists gathered at the Education Writers Association’s 2019 National Seminar in Baltimore.
Tips on Covering Race Issues Responsibly
Ask followup questions, add context and use the "R" word carefully.
When covering race issues, journalists can get things things very right, or very wrong. From their story choices, to the context they add and the words they use, opportunities — and risks — abound. That’s especially true for reporters covering schools and colleges, which have been ground zero for some of the most important racial incidents and news stories of the recent past.
Claudio Sanchez: ‘I Saw Myself’ in Stories of Children Whose Struggles Are Overlooked
Longtime NPR Education Report Accepts EWA Lifetime Achievement Prize
Here’s the full text of the speech longtime National Public Radio reporter Claudio Sanchez delivered after receiving the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Prize from the Education Writers Association. The prize was created in memory of longtime Baltimore education journalist Mike Bowler, who died in 2018.
Detroit Free Press higher education reporter David Jesse was honored as the top education reporter in the country for 2018 by the Education Writers Association.
Jesse was recognized for his coverage of the Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University and work he did with Free Press investigative reporter Matthew Dolan on the University of Michigan’s endowment.
EWA — made up of the nation’s education journalists — presented Jesse with the award at its annual conference earlier this week.
A senior official in the U.S. Department of Education has dismissed concerns about a Trump administration school choice plan from a conservative think tank as “outright fear-mongering.”
Jim Blew, the assistant secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy development, dismissed the criticisms from the Heritage Foundation, a right-leaning think tank that strongly supports educational choice, during a discussion at the Education Writers Association National Seminar on Tuesday.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos defended her education agenda in front of hundreds of education reporters on Monday, as she discussed efforts to expand school choice and the reversal of policies and guidance set forth by the Obama administration on student discipline, special education, and student loan forgiveness.
Betsy DeVos hinted Monday that should President Donald Trump get re-elected in 2020 that she might not serve as education secretary during his second term.
“I’m not sure my husband would be OK with that,” said DeVos of her husband, Dick DeVos, a former Michigan gubernatorial candidate, after hesitating before delivering her response.
At the Education Writers Association conference in Baltimore today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos drew a gulp from the crowd when she said, “Great teachers should be making at least half as much as Randi Weingarten does at a half a million dollars a year.”
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to Address Journalists on May 6 at EWA Conference
Trump Official Will Take Questions During Baltimore Event
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, one of President Trump’s longest serving Cabinet members, will speak on Monday, May 6, at the Education Writers Association’s National Seminar in Baltimore. This will mark the first time she has appeared at an EWA event.
April 5, 2019 (WASHINGTON, DC)—The Education Writers Association is delighted to announce the finalists for the 2018 National Awards for Education Reporting and the Eddie Prize, recognizing the top education stories in online, print and broadcast media across the country.
Submit Your Proposal for a Lightning Talk
Journalist and Community Members are invited to make brief presentations at National Seminar
Got a brilliant idea to share and looking for a national platform? EWA is inviting proposals from journalist and supporting community members to offer brief presentations at the 2019 National Seminar in Baltimore. We’ll hold an online vote just before the conference to decide who will speak.
We’ve held these “Lightning Talks” before at the National Seminar, and they received some of the best reviews of the conference.
EWA Invites Nominations for New Lifetime Achievement Prize
Honor To Be Awarded in Baltimore in Memory of Mike Bowler
The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the creation of an EWA Lifetime Achievement Prize inspired by the late Michael H. “Mike” Bowler, to be presented for the first time this spring in honor of the longtime education writer and former EWA board president.
For the first EWA Lifetime Achievement Prize, members are encouraged to nominate people who have devoted a major portion of their careers to education journalism and contributed to the field more broadly. Members are requested to refrain from nominating themselves, and the deadline for nominations is March 20.
National Seminar registration is now closed - EWA does not accept walk-in registrations.