Past Events October 18, 2023

Arizona Research Roundtable

Connecting journalists and scholars

Attend EWA’s Arizona Research Roundtable in Phoenix

Education Writers Association members recently asked for local networking and professional development. We’re responding with the first EWA Arizona Research Roundtable in Phoenix!

This 1.5-hour hyperlocal gathering connects reporters and experts researching significant issues in K-12 and higher education. Join your fellow journalists Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on the Helios Education Campus – known for bringing stakeholders together to discuss innovative ideas to solve the state’s most pressing education issues. 

Drawing from their extensive research expertise, scholars will advise reporters on the top areas in education they should be watching and reporting on in the next year. These experts will also provide practical tips, such as where journalists can find data and research, how they can assess good vs. bad research, and how they can collaborate with education researchers as other EWA members previously did

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The casual roundtable format will allow reporters to have one-on-one conversations with the scholars, network and leave with story ideas. Plus, ask your questions: What scholarly research can be used to strengthen that piece you’re working on?  What are the throughlines these scholars are seeing in their research and in today’s headline-making news around the country? 

This gathering is open to EWA journalist members (and journalists who aren’t members). Spots are limited, so sign up today! Questions? Email Kristan Obeng at

EWA thanks the Spencer Foundation for its support of this program. We also thank our host, Helios Education Foundation.

Registration has now closed. Thanks for your interest!

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Wednesday, October 18
4 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. MST
Welcome From Helios Education Foundation

A Helios Education Foundation representative will provide a brief welcome to attendees and speakers.

4:05 p.m.- 4:10 p.m. MST

EWA’s Kristan Obeng shares a brief message and kicks off introductions around the table. Speakers and attendees introduce themselves.

4:10 p.m - 4:17 p.m. MST
Reporting With Research Challenges

Journalists explain the challenges they have using education research in their news coverage.

4:17 p.m.- 4:40 p.m. MST
Casual Chat at the Roundtable

Scholars take turns presenting education issues they believe education reporters should be thinking and writing about and share tips for using education research. Participants are free to ask questions throughout. 

  • Ruth Lopez, The University of Arizona 
  • Carrie Sampson, Arizona State University
4:40 p.m.- 5 p.m. MST
Q&A With Education Scholars

Attendees ask any lingering questions.

5 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. MST

This is dedicated time for attendees to network around the table. EWA’s Kristan Obeng starts the networking discussion with one-to-two questions for all attendees and then hands it over to the group. Ask each other questions and share education reporting or research tips!

Light refreshments (coffee and water) will be provided by Helios Education Foundation.