The Grade


What it’s like being a rookie education reporter

A journalist reflects on the experience of being new to the education beat. By Amber C. Walker It’s a little strange not to be attending school board meetings or filing data requests right now. That’s because for the past two years I covered K-12 education for the Capital Times in Madison, WI, writing about racial disparities, …
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Behind the scenes of ‘America to Me’

Best of the week: August 17-31, 2018


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.  🏆  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 …
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How Bethany Barnes became a star education reporter

Best of the week (August 4-10, 2018)

Best of the week (July 28-August 3)