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Think Outside The Classroom: How to diversify education sources and the stories we tell
Education is said to be the great equalizer — but not all education coverage is created equal.

Education reporters have witnessed and documented the pandemic’s enormous effects on students, parents, teachers, administrators, and their communities. With so many voices - and quickly changing policies going into the next academic year - how can an education reporter lift the voices of those most impacted?

In “Think outside the classroom: How to diversify education sources and the stories we tell,” a distinguished panel of veteran education reporters and editors will share their techniques for finding and shaping stories driven by the voices of those underrepresented in education coverage, including families of color, students with disabilities, rural residents, families experiencing homelessness, and others facing circumstances that impact their learning.

The program will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. The Institute is offering this program at no cost thanks to a generous grant from the Gannett Foundation.

Participants will learn how to:

- Move from authority-driven sourcing and framing to community-driven sourcing and framing
- Avoid tokenism and stereotypes: Listen for and represent the truth between the extremes of success and despair in underrepresented communities
- Cover dailies and in-depth stories with sensitivity, respect, and completeness

Meet the panelists:

- Eva-Marie Ayala, a veteran education reporter and the editor of The Dallas Morning News' Education Lab
- Shelly Conlon, watchdog coach for three newsrooms with The Argus Leader (South Dakota)
- Delece Smith-Barrow, education editor at POLITICO
- ​​Bianca Vazquez Toness, a member of The Boston Globe’s educational equity team

The program will be moderated by Kara Arundel, K-12 education reporter for Industry Dive who has covered education locally and nationally.

Aug 20, 2021 11:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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