August 11th, 2015

READ: Education Week Acquires Learning Matters

Education Week Acquires Award-Winning TV Production Company
Move Expands Reach of the Nation’s Leading Pre-K-12 News Organization

Washington, D.C. (Aug. 11, 2015)—Education Week, the nation’s premier independent provider of pre-K-12 news and analysis, is expanding its multiplatform journalism to television and digital video with the acquisition of Learning Matters. The move reflects the continued evolution and acumen of an established business-to-business publisher that has grown its business and audience while navigating a volatile era in publishing.

Education Week
, the flagship of the Bethesda, Md.-based nonprofit publisher Editorial Projects in Education, will integrate the talented staff of Learning Matters into its editorial operations effective Aug. 11, 2015. For more than two decades, the nonprofit Learning Matters, founded by John Merrow and based in New York City, has been celebrated for its award-winning video news segments and documentaries on the nation’s schools. The acquisition will enable Education Week to build on Learning Matters’ history of producing broadcast-quality education coverage for the PBS NewsHour, and its own digital-video portfolio on pre-K-12 policy and practice.

“For more than three decades, Education Week has chronicled and analyzed the important shifts underway in education,” says Virginia B. Edwards, the president and editor-in-chief of Education Week and EPE. “The acquisition of Learning Matters represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to better serve EPE’s existing audiences and to reach new audiences with the nation’s most trusted, authoritative, and balanced news and information on education. Video engages consumers like no other medium, and EPE, through its trusted Education Week brand, is poised to leverage the new dissemination outlet to an ever-increasing audience.”

“I spent 20 years working with some very talented people at Learning Matters producing compelling education coverage for television,” Merrow says, “so the thought that it might go away was keeping me up nights. But it was clear to me—and to everyone I asked for advice—that there is only one organization with the expertise, talent, and reputation to continue this work, and that’s EdWeek.”

Education Week reporters and editors will work with Learning Matters’ correspondents and producers to develop a wide range of video, audio, and podcast stories about schooling in America, shining a light on best practices in the field as well as the issues and challenges facing schools, educators, students, and communities. The acquisition unites the strengths and sensibilities of the well-regarded organizations: Education Week’s reputation as the trusted newspaper of record on education, and the powerful storytelling of Learning Matters TV.

At a time when many news organizations have struggled to sustain their audiences and even their businesses, the nonprofit Education Week is a success story. The legacy news operation has not only survived the media disruption, but leveraged it, catalyzing its authoritative coverage with even more engaging and diversified forms of journalism.

“We’re incredibly enthusiastic about the opportunities this gives us to serve and to grow our audience with engaging, well-informed coverage of pre-K-12 education, as well as higher education, and to develop partnerships with well-respected organizations like the PBS NewsHour,” says Michele Givens, the publisher and general manager of Education Week and EPE.

Founded in 1981, Education Week has been the most comprehensive source for pre-K-12 professionals, researchers, policymakers, and advocates, with daily news and insights as well as provocative commentary distributed across multiple digital channels and in a weekly newspaper.

The integration of Learning Matters into Education Week ensures the future of a broadcast company with a mission of informing the public about what’s happening inside schools and setting the stage for national debate. The Learning Matters team has produced more than 30 documentaries and filed hundreds of reports for the PBS NewsHour, earning Emmy nominations and a coveted George Foster Peabody Award.

For more information, contact: Michele Givens, mgivens@epe.org, or Kathleen Manzo, kmanzo@epe.org.

Editorial Projects in Education
(EPE) is the independent, nonprofit publisher of Education Week and other print and online products serving educators, researchers, policymakers, and the public with high-quality reporting and analysis on K-12 education. EPE’s mission is to raise awareness and understanding of critical issues facing American schools.

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Wonderful news on acquiring Learning Matters! How awesome. What is next. http://www.segmation.com/blog

Tonight I saw John Merrow’s interview with Judy Woodruff about his retirement. The announcement was made that Education Week will be the partner for covering education issues on PBS. Bravo and congratulations. One important note (and hopefully correction): The announcement said mentioned kindergarten as the lowest grade covered. I hope you include Pre-K because serious changes are going in NYC and some need media attention to make sure decision makers and school administrators are held accountable by not forcing young children to do work that is geared for older children. Please keep an eye out for our youngest school aged kids. The stories are begging to be told.

I am sure was an oversight that pre-kindergarten was not mentioned in the announcement that Education Week would be covering education issues for PBS.
In New York City pre-k programs are in most public schools and many early childhood centers. One of Mayor DeBlasio’s plan for New York City was to ensure that there was free Universal Pre-K.
I have been teaching Pre-K in New York City for the last 16 years and as a National Board Certified Teacher: Early Childhood-Generalist, I can tell you that there has been a major shift in how we view pre-k and not always for the better.
Pre-K is an important grade and should not be overlooked as children “just playing”.
“Play is the work of children”-J.Piaget and saddly many people have forgotten how young children learn.
Education Week needs to acknowledge the importance of quality Pre-K. The problem is that there are several different schools of thought about what constitutes “quality”.
It is clear that there are issues in education in general and no grade, especially such an important one as pre-k, should be excluded.
I am hopeful to hear that it was simply an error in the reporting and not an error in judgement on the part of Education Week.
Sheila Schlesinger, NBCT




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