January 11, 2010

EWA follows Fellows for 2010 Research and Statistics Boot Camp

Washington, D.C., January 11, 2010 — The National Education Writers Association (EWA) selected 20 journalists from newsrooms around the country to attend its sixth annual research and statistics training program.

EWA’s program, held in conjunction with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and funded by the Spencer Foundation, helped education reporters learn how to analyze data and question research. Respected news veterans and college professors guided fellows on the strengths and weaknesses of data-based reporting and how to gauge good research from bad. Fellows left the boot camp with the beginnings of a story. Read stories written by fellows below.

The 2010 Fellows were:

Rachel Abbey  – Catalyst Ohio

Nadine  Rodriguez Arroyo– KJZZ

Venice Buhain — The Olympian (WA) – Schools extend kindergarten through stimulus funds

Brenda Bernet — Amarillo Globe News – Palo Duro tops list of Title I recipients

Andrea Eger — Tulsa World – TPS has used about half its stimulus cash

Scott Elliott — Dayton Daily News – State’s school report cards should list poverty rates 

Beth Fertig — WNYC Radio – The Stimulus and Schools: Where Did the Money Go?

Ben Fischer — Cincinnati Enquirer

Harley Heinz — The Albuquerque Journal – Head Of Charters Earns $204,000 and Spell ‘Stimulus’

Arelis Hernandez — Diverse Issues in Higher Ed

John Higgins — Akron Beacon Journal

Charles Lussier — The (Baton Rouge) Advocate

Kate Martin — Skagit Valley (WA) Herald – West View could get cash infusion after failing grade 

Scott Martindale — Orange County Register – How much do OC superintendents make?School layoffs: 2,005 still face job losses (and a database of layoffs);

Jessica Meyers — Dallas Morning News – Dallas-area school districts grapple with smart, effective ways to spend their stimulus funds and Plano school district hits the road with stimulus-funded mobile computer lab for parents

Lauren Roth — The Virginian-Pilot– Special credit cards catching on in  Hampton Roads schools

Mackenzie Ryan — Statesman Journal (Salem, OR)

Lisa Schencker — Salt Lake Tribune – School District Stimulus Spending

Catherine Ann Velasco — The Herald-News

Maria Ines Zamudio — Salinas Californian