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EWA announces 22 fellows selected to attend 2009 Research and Statistics Bootcamp in Cambridge

New America Media partners with EWA to select ethnic media reporters for bootcamp

New America Media, Press Release, Carolyn Goossen Posted: Dec 08, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 5, 2008 --The National Education Writers Association (EWA) has selected 22 journalists from newsrooms around the country to attend its fifth annual research and statistics training program.

EWA’s program, held in conjunction with the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, assists education-oriented journalists in how to analyze data. The fellows will be guided by journalists and college professors on the strengths and weaknesses of testing, as well as how to discern good research from bad. EWA, its faculty, and its mentors will help the fellows hone their ideas and examine their data, and will track the progress of their stories after the fellows leave Cambridge.

This year’s fellows represent a diverse pool of media from publications such as The New York Times, La Opinion, Chronicle of Higher Education, Minnesota Public Radio, Miami Herald and Sing Tao Daily News. In total, the reporters hail from 13 states and include 12 daily newspapers, three radio stations, three digital outlets, and four ethnic media outlets.

New America Media, a national association of ethnic news organizations, helped recruit and select ethnic media journalists for the bootcamp. This year marks the first-ever bootcamp attended by members of the ethnic press.

The 2009 conference will run from January 8-11 at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

Reporters applied with a story in mind and will bring data to use to analyze their story’s outcomes. Their stories include timely topics ranging from whether gentrification leads to more middle-class students, highly qualified teachers and teacher pay, accommodations for special ed students and college accountability systems.

“Amidst debate about the future of journalism, newspapers and broadcast outlets have placed greater emphasis on hyperlocal stories, leaving new editors and reporters struggling with the complexities of such issues as school funding, graduation rates, assessment and accountability measures,” said EWA Executive Director Lisa Walker.

“The research and statistics training program is a key to telling those stories and this year’s competition for limited space shows its value.”

Program costs are largely underwritten by a grant from the Chicago-based Spencer Foundation, a foundation dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to the improvement of education.

Last year, fellows examined the achievement gap among ethnic groups in the San Jose area, small schools in Oregon, classroom disruption and suspension, students with autism in California schools, merit pay and bonuses in Florida.

The 2009 Fellows are:

Maria Virginia Alvarado-- Diario de Mexico
Eva-Marie Ayala-- Star-Telegram
Molly Bloom-- Austin American Statesman
Charlie Boss-- Columbus Dispatch
Edwin Buggage-- New Orleans Data News Weekly
Michelle De La Rosa-- San Antonio Express-News
Charles Ding—Sing Tao Daily News
Icess Fernandez-- The Shreveport Times
Kelly Field-- Chronicle of Higher Education
Lorraine Forte-- Catalyst Chicago
Cathy Grimes-- The Daily Press
Javier Herdandez-- The New York Times
Linda Lutton-- Chicago Public Radio
Ruben Moreno-- La Opinión
Jodie Mozdzer-- Hartford Courant
Michele Sager--Tampa Tribune
Nirvi Shah-- The Miami Herald
Melody Simmons-- WEAA-FM
Edith Starzyk-- The Plain Dealer
Tom Weber-- Minnesota Public Radio
Davin White-- Charleston Gazette
Helen Zelon-- City Limits

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