Lessons from the media’s coverage of the 1996 Ebonics controversy

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A long-forgotten uproar illustrates some of the chronic failures of media outlets covering polarized, racially-charged situations. But it's not just a historic concern. The controversy could re-emerge any time now, as schools search for better ways to serve low-income students.  By Alexander Russo On December 18, 1996, the Oakland (CA) school board passed a two-page [...]

ICYMI: Covering #NationalWalkoutDay, much-improved #ESSA coverage, & the shameless Washington Post

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BEST OF THE WEEK One of many excellent pieces about the national student walkout on Wednesday, from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio Coverage of the National School Walkout was pretty overwhelming and in some cases seemed indiscriminate, but perhaps that was for good reason. Held a month after the Parkland shooting, the event seems [...]

How media coverage of a new federal education law is improving

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Insiders say that reporters are figuring out better ways to cover a massive & highly decentralized education law By Alexander Russo Six months ago, insiders, advocates, and educators asked to comment on media coverage of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) complained mightily that they weren’t getting what they wanted about states’ new school-improvement plans. Over all, [...]

ICYMI: Goldstein’s winning NYT teacher strike story, rethinking graphic images in gun violence journalism, & all the best education journalism of the week!

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BEST OF THE WEEK Story snippet Goldstein shared on Twitter The NYT’s Dana Goldstein seems to have made a grand return this week with her piece on the West Virginia teachers strike and the history behind teacher labor actions: Fighting Poverty, Drugs, and Even Violence, All on a Teacher’s Salary. "The politics of teacher strikes shift over time, but [...]

Why gun violence journalism needs graphic images

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The Parkland school shooting may force the media to reconsider its reluctance to share disturbing images of dead or injured Americans. By Alexander Russo There are graphic images of dead and injured students and teachers from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting out there – gruesome crime scene photographs and disturbing images captured by [...]

ICYMI: #MSDStrong students return, ‘armed teacher’ overkill, & the amazing Carvalho

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BEST OF THE WEEK Few education reporters have tackled the intersection between education and housing instability more thoroughly over the past two years than The Oregonian’s Bethany Barnes does in Reading, Writing, Evicted. Whatever you might want – policy, data, stories – this series has it: a look at efforts in Austin to reduce these obstacles, a [...]

Best & worst education journalism for February 2018

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The month's best -- and worst -- mainstream news coverage of education. Let's take a breath and look back at a very busy February before we get fully immersed in whatever March will bring. In the month that just ended, education journalists once again found themselves covering school gun violence this past month, which was dominated [...]

How the Washington Post missed the DC schools graduation rate scandal so badly, for so long

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The Post's troubling tendency towards feel-good coverage and a revolving door of reporters obscured what many describe as an ‘open secret’ in DC public schools. By Alexander Russo Give the Washington Post credit for being on top of last week’s District of Columbia Public Schools scandal, which led to the resignation of schools chief Antwan Wilson. [...]

ICYMI: School shooting aftermath, misdeeds in Chicago & Houston, media complicity in gun violence coverage, & tons of great education journalism

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BEST OF THE WEEK Image from a recent story from WLRN public radio about the return to classes at MSD high school today: Trauma And Grief Loom Large As Stoneman Douglas High Prepares To Reopen After Deadly Shooting There was some pretty amazing journalism this week about the aftermath of the Parkland school [...]

11 essential books for education reporters in 2018

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Top books that top education reporters say will make you a better journalist. By Kristen Doerer What's the one book that every education reporter should read in 2018? The Grade posed that question to some of the top reporters in the field. The all-star recommenders include the New York Times’ Erica Green, Baltimore Sun reporter [...]

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