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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|

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

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 [...]

By | May 16th, 2018|The Grade|

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

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 [...]

By | May 14th, 2018|The Grade|

The problem with Parkland [Updated]

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 [...]

By | May 9th, 2018|The Grade|

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

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 [...]

By | May 7th, 2018|The Grade|

Best and worst of the month (April 2018)

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, [...]

By | May 3rd, 2018|The Grade|

Not just any high school story: How a ProPublica immigration reporter profiled a Long Island high school student trying to get out of MS-13

An interview with ProPublica's Hannah Dreier, the reporter behind  ProPublica's "A Betrayal" By Kristen Doerer While a blizzard swirled outside, ProPublica reporter Hannah Dreier sat in the audience of a [...]

By | May 2nd, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: Angry white parents, how to fix the EWA awards, & an intense VICE series about a school for kids with trauma

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 [...]

By | April 30th, 2018|The Grade|

Hits and misses from the EWA awards finalists (2017)

There’s lots of great education journalism among the 2017 finalists – but lots missing, too, including some of the biggest stories of the year. Is that a problem? Yes. By [...]

By | April 25th, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: School shooting protests, teacher walkout coverage, & all sorts of media tidbits

THE BEST OF THE WEEK The best education journalism of the week was Leila Fadel’s NPR segment, Turning rampant anti-Muslim bullying into teachable moments, which describes how a Muslim family near [...]

By | April 23rd, 2018|The Grade|

Oklahoma teacher walkout coverage was abundant, though marred by an exaggerated focus on partisan politics

Pros and cons of Oklahoma teacher walkout coverage By Alexander Russo The Oklahoma teacher walkout is over and teacher protests in Colorado and Arizona are just picking up. That makes [...]

By | April 18th, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: Teacher walkout coverage, Spring favorites, & steady reporting on NAEP 2018 scores

THE BEST OF THE WEEK Though we mentioned it last week, ProPublica’s A Betrayal (above) is this week’s best education story. Focusing on an immigrant high school student who tried to get [...]

By | April 16th, 2018|The Grade|

The Grade’s favorite education bylines, teams, and outlets for Spring 2018

A Spring 2018 celebration of education writers, teams, and outlets. By Alexander Russo One of the great pleasures of producing The Grade is having the chance to find, read, and [...]

By | April 11th, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: Striking teachers, scrutinizing The Atlantic’s education coverage, & so many media controversies

THE BEST OF THE WEEK Let's give praise to all the journalists who have been busting their asses this week covering the teacher activism in Oklahoma, Kentucky, and elsewhere. Their [...]

By | April 9th, 2018|The Grade|

What’s next for The Atlantic’s education coverage?

A close look at The Atlantic’s education coverage since the announcement that billionaire philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs would become a majority owner. By Alexander Russo Earlier this week, reporter Adam [...]

By | April 4th, 2018|The Grade|

🎭 Best & worst education journalism of March 2018

March was.... busy. Some would say hectic. But there was lots of strong education coverage, and a surprising amount of good news on the hiring/jobs front. Let’s take a look [...]

By | April 3rd, 2018|The Grade|

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