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Media: Snapshot Of Education Journalism Changes

Screen shot 2012-06-20 at 4.13.04 PMThere are some great people covering national education news these days, both veterans (Stephanie Banchero, Greg Toppo) and relative newbies (Stephanie Simon, Joy Resmovits, Motoko Rich).    But as you'll see below there have been lots of changes.  

Six years ago I wrote a post about who was covering education news for the various outlets, which generated a slew of corrections and additions and eventually a half-assed 2007 'wiki'.  The vast majority of the folks listed -- Ben Feller, Sam Dillon, Nancy Zuckerbrod, Joel Rubin, Lynn Olson, Alex Kingsbury -- are no longer in their positions.  Others -- Dana Goldstein, Elizabeth Green, Paul Tough -- were new to the beat or not even yet on the radar.   

Despite all the foundation support for education journalism the changes just keep coming.  

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That's funny. The first education reporter that occurs to me is Mike Winerip, lately reassigned by the NYT, and you don't even mention him. Did any of the people you list here actually break a story at some point? I don't remember anybody remarkable emerging from among them, and don't recognize their names.

Most the major outlet coverage has been interchangeable. I think maybe you're referring to appointed advocates for the corporate reform agenda, rather than actual reporters.

"Despite all the foundation support for education journalism", they've been churned as rudely as teachers. Anyway, it would be super interesting if you could run down where they all went. Did they move up to higher positions in the reform effort, slide laterally to other assignments, or sink into a romantic haze of booze and cynicism, like reporters in the movies?

mike's a columnist, which isn't what this is about, and i'm sure you've read lots of these folks stories if you were reading ed reform news back in 2006 and 2007.

your critique seems a little broad and unfair, as if the only reporting that counts agrees with your beliefs, or as if it wouldnt' be just as easy for someone to unfairly critique your and other teachers' work and motives, etc.

i say this as someone who's been very critical of mainstream media coverage.

It’s not one specific department... media outlets as a whole tend to be biased towards a particular way of thinking. There’s no real reason to operate as a hivemind as Mary seems to suggest. Different major news corporations simply tend to hire people who think a certain way over another, that’s how reporting has always been. The most famous example of this, probably, is the difference between watching Fox News and MSNBC cover the same political story.

Mike Winerip isn't a "journalist"? He's a "columnist", you say, who broke news stories of national importance, which consistently made it to the Google News Top Stories page.

Maybe you have "Education Journalism" confused with advocacy, punditry and the subsidized commentariat. Is that why nobody could report the simple, everyday facts of who, and what, and when, and where, and how we lost our public schools in America to the vulture financiers in their "public private partnership"? It was the story of the millennium, looking back on it, and the journalists' role was to deny it was even happening, day after day.

Alas, you do indeed stand out among them, for at least occasionally making a weak protest through the years.

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