Oct 1, 2008
Editor Linda Perlstein, the author of two
books chronicling a year at different schools,
moderates this panel that explores how education reporters can
enhance their reporting with artful writing. Joining the panel are
New Orleans Times-Picayune reporter Sarah Carr, who recently
a series about a special education teacher's first year on the
job, and Boston Globe reporter Tracy Jan who followed the
principal and several students at
English High School, which had one last chance to improve or face
being shut down.
The reporters provide practical advice about reconstructing scenes they didn't witness, organizing their notes, writing a series over time and dealing with the potential fallout from sources who don't like the end result.
This panel was part of EWA's regional seminar on teacher quality, "Teaching to a New Nation," held Sept. 19-20 at Chicago Public Radio. About 35 reporters from across the country attended the seminar.