‘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 [...]

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 [...]

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