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ERIC Number: ED526912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Standards for Education Reporters: Skills, Knowledge, Ethics
Graves, Bill
Education Writers Association
Experienced school reporters know plenty about standards. The struggle to set standards that define what students should know and be able to do at various stages of their education has been at the heart of school reform since the late 1980s. So if journalists are going to understand the value of standards, it will be those covering schools. It is appropriate, then, that the Education Writers Association (EWA), the professional organization for the nation's education reporters, would write standards for the school beat. As schools use standards to define what students should learn, EWA is writing standards to define what education reporters should strive to know. The aim here, however, differs from that of education in that these standards are not for the purpose of evaluating reporters, but to help them do good work. Reporters new to the education beat should be able to use these standards to gauge what they need to learn. EWA's standards are organized in three broad areas: skills, knowledge and ethics. The purpose of this exercise is to document the skills and knowledge that reporters should (and do) bring to the beat. It also offers some advice on ethical situations endemic to covering education, such as interviewing children. Resources for education reporters are included.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation
Authoring Institution: Education Writers Association