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EWA​, the professional organization dedicated to ​strengthening the community of education ​writers and improving the ​quality of education coverage ​to better inform the public, hosts ​a weekly podcast featuring lively interviews with journalists.

Apr 26, 2023

For a while, Mirtha Donastorg was the only reporter covering Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) full time in the country. As a journalist at The Plug (a now defunct online publication), she covered innovations happening at the more than 100 HBCUs across the country and visited many campuses.

Donastorg shared nine things she learned covering HBCUs with EWA Radio. She shared details we had never heard before, including that some HBCUs are now majority white. Additionally, there’s incredible research going on at some, such as growing plants in Martian soil. She also explains why people who went to HBCUs love HBCUs so much!

Also, we discuss research on the protective health effects of attending an HBCU, why graduation rates alone don’t tell the whole story of an HBCU education and how reporters can build better relationships with HBCUs.