ICYMI: #MeToo comes to education reform, DeVos plays favorites, fixing journalism’s ‘fellowship’ model, & more

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This is the web archive version of the weekly newsletter, Best of the Week, which comes out on Fridays via email. Sign up here to get it first.  BEST OF THE WEEK Excerpt from Kittredge accuser account in Politico NY. The best of the week -- newsy, timely, and full of scoops -- has been Politico’s ongoing [...]

Fixing the fellowship model

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Journalism fellowships for early-career reporters have flourished in recent years. But are they doing any good for young journalists – or for journalism? By Kristen Doerer Helen and I sat down in the cramped quarters of Baked & Wired, a staple for many Washingtonians. She had heard that this was the place to come for [...]

Best and worst education journalism of the month: January 2018

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By Alexander Russo All things considered, January wasn’t so bad when it comes to education journalism. Or at least that’s how it looks now that the long month is finally over. There were some low points, sure – the New York Times school shooting coverage was really, really flawed. But there were more than enough [...]

ICYMI: Addicted teachers, misleading school shooting coverage, & all the best education journalism of the week

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This is the web version of the weekly email newsletter from The Grade, which comes out on Fridays. Sign up here to get it first! BEST OF THE WEEK What makes education reporting so compelling is that schools are such central, human kinds of places. All sorts of lives cross paths, and all sorts of societal issues [...]

Misleading coverage of school shootings in 2018

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Cable news was stingy with its initial coverage of last week’s tragedy in Kentucky, but other outlets published stories suggesting school shootings are common and increasingly frequent. (They’re not.) What’s a reporter to do? By Alexander Russo Gun violence erupted at Marshall County High School in Benton, KY, last week. Two students were killed. At [...]

ICYMI: School shootings, ineffective fellowships, & all the best education journalism of the week

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BEST OF THE WEEK This is the web version of the weekly email newsletter from The Grade, which comes out on Fridays. Sign up here to get it first. Kudos to The Trace for covering the recent spate of school shootings without hyping the numbers: America Has Had Three School Shootings in Two Days. Thanks also [...]

The case against the Spencer fellowship

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While successful, the prestigious Columbia University fellowship is too small and exclusive for what education journalism needs in 2018. By Alexander Russo Right about now, at least a few of the folks considering applying for the Spencer Education Journalism Fellowship – a year of free classes at Columbia University and a $75,000 stipend (plus expenses) [...]

ICYMI: Shutdown fever, unsolicited story ideas, a rocky year for Betsy DeVos coverage, & all the best education journalism of the week

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    BEST OF THE WEEK The piece that grabbed my eye this week was probably Beth Slovic’s story about a troubled Portland teacher and the long delays in getting him away from kids and off the district payroll. I heard about it via EWA’s Richmond. Part of it is the creepy picture. But it’s also a [...]

A year full of terrible, horrible, no good, VERY bad media coverage of Betsy DeVos

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Last year, the national media basically lost its shit over Trump education secretary Betsy DeVos. Twelve months later, it’s not nearly clear as it should be that the coverage is getting better. By Alexander Russo A year ago this week, Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing turned into an infamous debacle. The nominee stumbled and stammered her [...]

Nine totally unsolicited story ideas for 2018

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What stories most need your attention -- and how to cover them -- in 2018. By Alexander Russo Education news focused on controversial politics and policy during 2017, for all sorts of reasons. That was fine – maybe even necessary. Controversy coverage has its place. And some great reporting emerged in the process. But now [...]

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