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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

This is an abbreviated version of the August 17, 2018 Best of the Week newsletter. To get the new edition in full, sign up here.  🏆  HOW TO TELL A GREAT FIRST DAY/NEW SCHOOL [...]

By | August 17th, 2018|The Grade|

How Bethany Barnes became a star education reporter

Just two years into being a K-12 beat reporter, Bethany Barnes has impressed nearly everyone with her coverage of Portland (OR) schools. But where did she come from, and what [...]

By | August 15th, 2018|The Grade|

Inside the $3B school security industry, report reveals Broward mistakes, reinventing the LA Times’ education coverage (Best of the week for August 4-10, 2018)

This is an abbreviated version of the August 10, 2018 Best of the Week newsletter. To get the new edition in full, sign up here.  🏆  STRONG WORK FROM THE 74 🏆 The best of [...]

By | August 10th, 2018|The Grade|

How to reinvent education coverage at the Los Angeles Times

A new owner and the departure of a key reporter create a great opportunity for the dominant paper in the region to rethink its coverage of the nation’s second-largest school [...]

By | August 8th, 2018|The Grade|

All eyes on LeBron James’ new school, 11 most memorable education stories, & lots of media comings and goings

This is an abbreviated version of the August 3, 2018 Best of the Week newsletter. To get the new edition in full, sign up here.  🏆 COVERING LEBRON JAMES' NEW SCHOOL 🏆 There was no shortage [...]

By | August 3rd, 2018|The Grade|

11 memorable education stories every education reporter should read

A roundup of great long-form journalism from over the years -- and what makes them so memorable. By Kristen Doerer Most education reporters yearn to write memorable stories, the ones [...]

By | August 2nd, 2018|The Grade|

Systemic inequality found in Boston, ‘complicating the narratives’ in education journalism, & reporting during summer: Best education journalism of the week (July 14-20, 2018)

The latest Best of the Week newsletter is out — in your email inbox already, or sign up here for the full version.  🏆 BEST OF THE WEEK: SYSTEMIC INEQUALITY IN BOSTON 🏆 There’s [...]

By | July 20th, 2018|The Grade|

‘Complicating the narratives’ in education journalism

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 [...]

By | July 18th, 2018|The Grade|

Best of the week (July 13, 2018): From Myanmar to Chicago, a different kind of public editor, and media news

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 [...]

By | July 13th, 2018|The Grade|

A different kind of public editor: A conversation with Emily Richmond

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 [...]

By | July 11th, 2018|The Grade|

The 6 most-read columns of 2018 (so far) – plus a bonus recommendation

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 [...]

By | July 3rd, 2018|The Grade|

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

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 [...]

By | June 29th, 2018|The Grade|

What the Hechinger Report story gets right — and misses — about disproportionately white charter schools*

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 [...]

By | June 27th, 2018|The Grade|

The best education journalism of the week ending June 22, 2018

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 [...]

By | June 22nd, 2018|The Grade|

Education news coverage – a weak and diminishing presence, or better than ever?

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 [...]

By | June 20th, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: Debating school discipline coverage, podcast pros and cons, and LOTS of great education journalism

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 [...]

By | June 18th, 2018|The Grade|

What to do in Orlando at #IRE18 this week

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) [...]

By | June 14th, 2018|The Grade|

So you think you want to make an education podcast?

Go for it – podcasts can be amazing. But collaborating with others might be your best bet. By Alexander Russo This past Friday, The Marshall Project debuted a feature story [...]

By | June 13th, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: The Washington Post makes a big hire, mentorship in education newsrooms, and all the week’s best education journalism

“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, [...]

By | June 11th, 2018|The Grade|

‘Just knock on the door’: Mentorship moments that changed these education journalists’ trajectories

From learning how to ask a neutral question to becoming confident enough to raise one’s hand in the newsroom, education journalists tell stories about receiving guidance and encouragement at times [...]

By | June 6th, 2018|The Grade|

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

“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, [...]

By | June 4th, 2018|The Grade|

Worst education journalism of the 2017-2018 school year

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 [...]

By | May 30th, 2018|The Grade|

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

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 [...]

By | May 28th, 2018|The Grade|

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

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 [...]

By | May 23rd, 2018|The Grade|

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

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 [...]

By | May 21st, 2018|The Grade|

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