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The 6 most-read columns of 2018 (so far) – plus a bonus recommendation

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The Grade is taking the week off for the July 4 holiday, so there's no new column or Friday newsletter. But you should check out this year's most-read columns from The Grade so far in 2018, in case you missed any: Misleading coverage of school shootings in 2018 “Gunfire ringing out in American schools… seems [...]

Best of the week (June 29, 2018): Another amazing story from Bethany Barnes, strengths and weaknesses of a recent Hechinger Report investigation, & all sorts of comings & goings

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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.  🏆 WHEN 'THREAT ASSESSMENT' GOES TOO FAR 🏆 The best education story of the week was The Oregonian’s Targeted: A Family and the Quest to Stop the Next School Shooter (above), by Bethany Barnes. The piece looks [...]

What the Hechinger Report story gets right — and misses — about disproportionately white charter schools*

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A big new piece from the Hechinger Report does a great job revealing an extremely disturbing situation but falls flat trying to make the case for a nationwide trend. By Alexander Russo Last week’s investigative piece by the Hechinger Report takes an in-depth look at charter schools like Georgia’s Lake Oconee Academy that are “exclusive, [...]

The best education journalism of the week ending June 22, 2018

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The weekly newsletter from The Grade is now out -- in your inbox or sign up here. It includes the week's standout education story -- a blockbuster New York Times piece (screen shot above) showing how widespread the practice of academic screening has become over the past 20 years, and how much it contributes to [...]

Education news coverage – a weak and diminishing presence, or better than ever?

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Criticism and commentary about education journalism are constant lately.  Some good points are being made. But the conversation needs to be deeper (and broader) than it has been so far. By Alexander Russo Two longtime observers recently took sharply opposing viewpoints on the state of education journalism. Both have points. Neither got it right. Representing one [...]

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 [...]

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