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Herold, Notebook win awards for coverage of education, broken pipeline to college

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

The Notebook has received two honors from the Education Writers Association’s National Awards for Education Reporting.

Education reporter Benjamin Herold nabbed the top prize in beat reporting in the medium-sized newsroom category for his work in 2012 at news partner WHYY/NewsWorks and the Notebook. And with an assist from NewsWorks, the Notebook won second prize in the education news outlets category for best topical or series coverage for the summer 2012 "College for a few" package.

These wins mark the third year in a row that the Notebook has been honored by the national trade association for education writers. The Notebook received a special citation for its online coverage of cheating on standardized tests in 2011. For 2010, the Notebook was honored with EWA’s second-place prize in the category of “community blogging.”

There were 62 winning entries among hundreds of submissions this year. All of the awards will be presented on May 4 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., during EWA’s 66th National Seminar Awards Banquet. First-place winners are eligible for the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting. The grand prize winner will also be announced during the awards presentation.

EWA’s seminar, titled, “Creativity Counts: Innovation in Education and the Media,” will be held May 2-4, convening outstanding journalists, education experts, and top speakers such as U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Those who want to attend the national seminar can register here.

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