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How to Report on School and College Finances Using the Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA) Database

The searchable municipal bond database makes it easy for education journalists to find and examine municipal bond filings.

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You don’t have to be a CPA to glean lots of story-worthy facts and trends from the Electronic Municipal Market Access, better known as EMMA.

EMMA is an often overlooked in-depth database of municipal securities data and documents. Education reporters can find and examine this data, but they may not know where to start.

The Education Writers Association teamed up with Data Visualization Developer Peter D’Amato to create a how-to video and a list of resources for reporters on how to use the database.

Watch the video, and when you’re ready to tackle the EMMA database, visit

Video Tutorial

EMMA Documents Listed in Order of Video Appearance 

News and Information Resources Cited in Video 

Bond Ratings Cited in Video 

Other Resources Related to School Finance and Municipal Bond Filings