Long-Term Trends In Education Journalism, Plus #EdJournalismSoWhite

Last week I was on Chris Stewart’s “Rock The Schools” podcast talking about the current state of education journalism. Click the link here if the audio doesn’t play above.

What prompted the conversation was the coverage (or lack thereof) of the Teach For America 25th anniversary event, which I wrote about and Stewart attended. (I’ve got a followup piece about TFA’s evolution coming out in the not too distant future.)

Stewart, who tweets as @citizenstewart, has his own views and frustrations about how schools are covered by the mainstream media. We share some funders, but we have differed at various times in the past and as you’ll see our views are different. 

For me, two of the most interesting aspects of the conversation were (a) looking at long-term trends in education coverage (from a tendency towards hype in the mid-2000’s to what someone called a “fascination with failure” since about 2010), and (b) the issue of education journalists, race, and privilege. This latter issue is all the more relevant since the Oscars are coming up. Is it time for #edjournalismsowhite?

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Alexander Russo

Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at alexanderrusso@gmail.com.