March 1st, 2011

"Small Schools, Big Reforms" wins EWA Award


News Feature - 2nd Prize: “Small Schools, Big Reforms”

Beat Reporting - Special Citation: Learning Matters and PBS NewsHour

Learning Matters is proud to announce that The Education Writers Association (EWA), the national professional association of education reporters and writers, has distinguished Learning Matters with two awards in the 2010 National Awards for Education Reporting, the prestigious national competition for education journalism.

“Small Schools, Big Reforms” was a short piece produced by senior correspondent John Tulenko that originally aired on PBS NewsHour on December 23, 2010. The segment examines New York City’s controversial plan to close large high schools in favor of small theme schools and featured interviews with former NYC Schools chancellor Joel Klein, as well as United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew. This piece won second prize in the Feature, News Feature, or Issue Package category.

Learning Matters’ John Merrow and John Tulenko’s coverage – in New Orleans and DC to reports on Race to the Top and school board struggles in Detroit, among other pieces – combined with reporting by other respected education correspondents earned a special citation for PBS NewsHour for the 2010 Beat Reporting award.

Learning Matters is an independent non-profit production company based in New York City founded by Merrow in 1995. Learning Matters is supported by eight foundations: Gates, Carnegie, Annenberg, Knight, Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Wallace, Hewlett, and W.G. Kellogg.

These awards will be accepted by Learning Matters on Saturday, April 9, during the Education Writers Association’s 64th National Seminar in New Orleans, LA.

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