ICYMI: Classroom aides in education stories, controversy over the worst education journalism of the year, & sundry job and event announcements

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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 There are lots of great and important education stories this week, but When [...]

Worst education journalism of the 2017-2018 school year

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All the really bad decisions, stories, coverage, and writing of this past school year. By Alexander Russo I love reading education stories. I’d have to, right? Writing this column depends on it. And I firmly believe that how journalists cover education issues matters greatly to teachers, parents, and policy makers. That makes it all the [...]

ICYMI: School shooting coverage challenges, 2018 update on newsroom diversity, & best prom stories of all time

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BEST EDUCATION JOURNALISM OF THE WEEK   Along with the clip above, there's been a lot of great journalism about last week's school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas -- and an appropriate amount of caution before coming to any conclusions. Some examples: NPR: New Details Emerge About Suspect In Texas School Shooting AP: Police response to Texas school [...]

Despite progress, racial diversity remains a big challenge for education newsrooms

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The 2018 newsroom diversity update shows that some education outlets are making progress but many are stuck or lagging; the result is too many important education stories going untold. By Alexander Russo Last week in Los Angeles, the Education Writers Association (EWA) hosted an event for education journalists that – for the first time I’m [...]

ICYMI: Education writers in Los Angeles, student activist addresses media coverage, & ‘The Grade’ recognized for excellence

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This week's edition of the Best of the Week newsletter is highly abbreviated because of the EWA national conference in Los Angeles.  BEST EDUCATION JOURNALISM OF THE YEAR The nation's education writers met up in Los Angeles this week to learn, network, and find out who would win the Education Writers Association annual journalism awards. One [...]

Panel recommendations, conference tips, & job announcements for #EWA18

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A crib sheet for the national education writers conference By Alexander Russo Maybe you got into Los Angeles late – thanks, East Coast storm! – and it feels like being late to school on the first day or missing orientation. Meanwhile, the Education Writers Association (EWA) conference agenda prints out to 15 pages. It’s overwhelming, [...]

ICYMI: Residency enforcement & race, problems with Parkland coverage, & education writers #thankateacher

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The Best of the Week newsletter is “a terrifically informative & fun weekly roundup of the best ed writing nationwide,” according to New York Daily News education reporter Ben Chapman. Sign up here for the free weekly email. It comes out on Fridays, and then gets posted online the following Monday.  BEST EDUCATION JOURNALISM OF THE WEEK The best education [...]

The problem with Parkland [Updated]

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Easily dismissed conspiracy theories and journalistic deference toward school administrators seem to have resulted in less aggressive coverage of the district's role in the events leading up to the February 14th school shooting.  By Alexander Russo UPDATE: On Friday, two days after this column was originally published, the Sun Sentinel published a scathing account of Broward Schools stonewalling [...]

ICYMI: White privilege video goes viral, making a mess of school deseg research, & young education journalists shine

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The Best of the Week newsletter is “a terrifically informative & fun weekly roundup of the best ed writing nationwide,” according to New York Daily News education reporter Ben Chapman. We can’t argue with that. Sign up here for the free weekly email. It comes out on Fridays, and then gets posted online the following Monday.  BEST EDUCATION JOURNALISM OF [...]

Best and worst of the month (April 2018)

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Biggest hits and misses for April 2018. By Alexander Russo Three days into May and April already seems like it ended long ago. But April was a busy, busy month, full of education reporting highs and lows. Let’s take a look back at the best and worst before we forget. Follow @thegrade_ to learn more about media [...]

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