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Best of the week (August 17, 2018): A first day/new school story that packs a punch, a local reporter’s sudden success, and newsroom changes at the New York Times

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This is an abbreviated version of the August 17, 2018 Best of the Week newsletter. To get the new edition in full, sign up here.  🏆  HOW TO TELL A GREAT FIRST DAY/NEW SCHOOL STORY 🏆 This week’s best is a story about a new school opening. But it's not just any new school opening. University Charter is the rural Alabama [...]

How Bethany Barnes became a star education reporter

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Just two years into being a K-12 beat reporter, Bethany Barnes has impressed nearly everyone with her coverage of Portland (OR) schools. But where did she come from, and what makes her work so good? By Alexander Russo Two years ago, few of us in education journalism had heard of Bethany Barnes. She’d done some [...]

Inside the $3B school security industry, report reveals Broward mistakes, reinventing the LA Times’ education coverage (Best of the week for August 4-10, 2018)

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This is an abbreviated version of the August 10, 2018 Best of the Week newsletter. To get the new edition in full, sign up here.  🏆  STRONG WORK FROM THE 74 🏆 The best of the week award goes to The 74 for two very strong pieces on school safety and immigrant education. The first piece, Mark Keierleber’s deep dive [...]

How to reinvent education coverage at the Los Angeles Times

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A new owner and the departure of a key reporter create a great opportunity for the dominant paper in the region to rethink its coverage of the nation’s second-largest school district. By Alexander Russo Though few outside of the education world and Los Angeles may have noticed, two big things have happened at the LA [...]

All eyes on LeBron James’ new school, 11 most memorable education stories, & lots of media comings and goings

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This is an abbreviated version of the August 3, 2018 Best of the Week newsletter. To get the new edition in full, sign up here.  🏆 COVERING LEBRON JAMES' NEW SCHOOL 🏆 There was no shortage of coverage of the new LeBron James-funded school opening in Akron this week. Pretty much everyone seemed to think they needed a version of this story. And most [...]

11 memorable education stories every education reporter should read

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A roundup of great long-form journalism from over the years -- and what makes them so memorable. By Kristen Doerer Most education reporters yearn to write memorable stories, the ones that go beyond the routine, make a deep impression and stick in readers’ minds. But what makes for one of those standout stories? In an [...]

Systemic inequality found in Boston, ‘complicating the narratives’ in education journalism, & reporting during summer: Best education journalism of the week (July 14-20, 2018)

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The latest Best of the Week newsletter is out — in your email inbox already, or sign up here for the full version.  🏆 BEST OF THE WEEK: SYSTEMIC INEQUALITY IN BOSTON 🏆 There’s lots of great education journalism that was put out this week -- see below for the Honorable Mentions -- but for me the best story [...]

‘Complicating the narratives’ in education journalism

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A viral thought piece on how journalists can tell more complex, less cartoonish stories is deeply relevant to education journalism. But shifting the way we work isn’t necessarily going to be easy.  By Alexander Russo When I first came across Amanda Ripley’s recent piece on the media’s tendencies towards over-simplification, lens-narrowing, and conflict-highlighting, I was [...]

Best of the week (July 13, 2018): From Myanmar to Chicago, a different kind of public editor, and media news

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The latest Best of the Week newsletter is out — in your email inbox already, or sign up here for the full version.  🏆 FROM MYANMAR TO SULLIVAN HIGH SCHOOL 🏆 Here's a great story out this week from The Teacher Project's Aditi Malhotra, about a refugee from Myanmar who ends up at a Chicago high school. It was [...]

A different kind of public editor: A conversation with Emily Richmond

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The Education Writers Association’s public editor discusses her unconventional role in a far-ranging interview. Feature image credit Linda Lutton By Alexander Russo For the past seven years, Emily Richmond has been the public editor – and to some extent the public face – of the Education Writers Association (EWA), the national nonprofit that supports local [...]

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