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Media: NPR Expands Education Coverage (A Little Goodly Amount)*

Cardboard-RadioThe latest media outlet to join the small but notable surge in education coverage during 2013 is NPR, which announced a $17 million coverage expansion thanks to grants from Gates and Wallace, among others.  
 
Expanded education coverage should have been in my roundup of top 2013 education stories but got left on the cutting room floor. Other additions or expansions this year include the expanded Chalkbeat network, Politico's education page, the Atlantic education page, and SCPR (Southern California Public Radio).
 
Not all of the new money will go to education coverage, notes EdWeek (NPR to Expand Education Coverage). In fact, the education grant may be just over $3 million -- for a blogger, a producer, and that's about it.*
 
Current education reporters Claudio Sanchez and Eric Westervelt will remain, without any additional hires. (Marketplace's education reporting is funded separately - by Kresge, among others).
 
Check out Mark Walsh's blog post for more details.  My only qualm is his assertion that NPR's education coverage "is probably already the deepest of any broadcast news organization in the country."
 
I'd argue that there are several other broadcast outlets -- WNYC, SCPR, maybe even WBEZ -- with deeper coverage.  But that could change soon.
 
*Correction:  The expanded education team will eventually consist of 6 journalists, including 3 existing folks and 3 new hires (I left out two additional editors who are to be hired along with the producer and blogger).
 
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