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ICYMI: Debating school discipline coverage, podcast pros and cons, and LOTS of great education journalism

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This is the web archive version of the weekly newsletter, Best of the Week, which comes out on Fridays. Sign up here to get it first.  BEST EDUCATION JOURNALISM OF THE WEEK There’s no single Best of the Week recommendation from me this week, but there’s LOTS of great journalism: INEQUALITY 🏆 This American Life: Throw the Book at Them [...]

What to do in Orlando at #IRE18 this week

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This year's big investigative journalism conference doesn't seem to have as much education-specific programming as last year, but there's still lots to do. This year's Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) conference in Orlando doesn't seem quite as education-focused as it was last year in Phoenix, when Nikole Hannah-Jones was a keynote speaker and there were [...]

So you think you want to make an education podcast?

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Go for it – podcasts can be amazing. But collaborating with others might be your best bet. By Alexander Russo This past Friday, The Marshall Project debuted a feature story about incarcerated teenagers trying to get an education in New Orleans. The Hardest Lesson on Tier 2C is an in-depth look at whether kids can [...]

ICYMI: The Washington Post makes a big hire, mentorship in education newsrooms, and all the week’s best education journalism

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“If you work in education and you’re not subscribed to @alexanderrusso's @thegrade_, you’re living life wrong,” tweeted L’Oreal Thompson Payton. We can’t argue with that. Sign up for The Grade’s newsletter here. It comes out on Fridays, and then gets posted online the following Monday.  BEST EDUCATION JOURNALISM OF THE WEEK This week’s best education journalism is going to two standout stories. [...]

‘Just knock on the door’: Mentorship moments that changed these education journalists’ trajectories

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From learning how to ask a neutral question to becoming confident enough to raise one’s hand in the newsroom, education journalists tell stories about receiving guidance and encouragement at times they needed it most. By Kristen Doerer Celebrated newsroom mentors such as the New York Times’ David Carr and the PBS NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill seem [...]

ICYMI: Classroom aides in education stories, controversy over the worst education journalism of the year, & sundry job and event announcements

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“If you work in education and you're not subscribed to @alexanderrusso's@thegrade_, you're living life wrong,” tweeted L’Oreal Thompson Payton. We can’t argue with that. Sign up for The Grade’s newsletter here. It comes out on Fridays, and then gets posted online the following Monday.  BEST EDUCATION JOURNALISM OF THE WEEK There are lots of great and important education stories this week, but When [...]

Worst education journalism of the 2017-2018 school year

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All the really bad decisions, stories, coverage, and writing of this past school year. By Alexander Russo I love reading education stories. I’d have to, right? Writing this column depends on it. And I firmly believe that how journalists cover education issues matters greatly to teachers, parents, and policy makers. That makes it all the [...]

ICYMI: School shooting coverage challenges, 2018 update on newsroom diversity, & best prom stories of all time

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BEST EDUCATION JOURNALISM OF THE WEEK   Along with the clip above, there's been a lot of great journalism about last week's school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas -- and an appropriate amount of caution before coming to any conclusions. Some examples: NPR: New Details Emerge About Suspect In Texas School Shooting AP: Police response to Texas school [...]

Despite progress, racial diversity remains a big challenge for education newsrooms

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The 2018 newsroom diversity update shows that some education outlets are making progress but many are stuck or lagging; the result is too many important education stories going untold. By Alexander Russo Last week in Los Angeles, the Education Writers Association (EWA) hosted an event for education journalists that – for the first time I’m [...]

ICYMI: Education writers in Los Angeles, student activist addresses media coverage, & ‘The Grade’ recognized for excellence

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This week's edition of the Best of the Week newsletter is highly abbreviated because of the EWA national conference in Los Angeles.  BEST EDUCATION JOURNALISM OF THE YEAR The nation's education writers met up in Los Angeles this week to learn, network, and find out who would win the Education Writers Association annual journalism awards. One [...]

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