Agenda for Education
in a Democracy
para la Educacion
en una Democracia
Board of Directors
Institute for Educational Inquiry
117 East Louisa Street #371
Seattle, WA 98102
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and the Public Good
Fellows Program, 2003-2004
purposes of journalism and education are to ensure a well-informed citizenry
for our social and political democracy. The Journalism, Education, and
the Public Good program is dedicated to helping both journalists and educators
fulfill this responsibility.
On April 24 and 25, 2005, at the Freedom Forum in Arlington, Virginia,
twenty-one educators and journalists addressed the question of what actions
are needed to provide the public with the information required for them
to make wise decisions regarding the education of young Americans. This
was the second in a series of two similar meetings with the first having
been held in December 2004 in Seattle, Washington. Both conversations
began by considering what the public needs to know about education, moved
to an examination of what obstacles may be in the way of their being well
informed, and concluded with suggestions about actions that should be
taken. During 2005-2006 IEI staff are preparing a publication that will
feature the results from these conversations and provide materials to
help settings in the NNER conduct their own forums.
For five years one of the major activities of this initiative was a Fellows
Program that included three seminars designed to increase the mutual understanding
of educators and journalists regarding the critical role each plays in
Most recently the Fellows Program was funded by The John S. and James
L. Knight Foundation
and was hosted by the Institute for Educational Inquiry of Seattle, Washington.
Other work continues with support from that Foundation.
Fellows programs, eighteen media professionals from throughout the United
States were selected for participation in the year-long series of three,
multi-day seminars that focused on the roles and responsibilities of the
media in covering education and in providing information to the public.
Program was originally funded by the Stuart Foundation of California and
involved West Coast journalists and educators. The program, created and
carried out by the Institute for Educational Inquiry,
was expanded with funding from the Knight Foundation. This expanded program
brought together a mix of media professionals from television, radio,
newspapers, and new media outlets who have an interest in furthering the
contributions of journalism and education to the public good and a commitment
in the Fellows Program
examples of electronic and print educational journalism;
scenarios from perspectives of both the educator and media to determine
ways to improve relationships and coverage;
with nationally recognized experts in media and education;
with each other between seminar sessions;
with issues such as ethical practices and access to media and to schools;
their knowledge of critical educational issues such as assessment, accountability,
school climate and safety, and teacher education; and
how journalism and education could best serve the public good in a social
and political democracy.
were held at the Institute for Educational Inquiry in Seattle, Washington.
Each session began on a Friday and ended on Sunday. The Knight Foundation
grant provided for reimbursement of approved transportation, lodging,
and travel expenses.
Commonly Asked Questions About the Journalists' Fellows Program
is the Institute for Educational Inquiry?
is the Institute sponsoring a Fellows Program for journalists?
funds the Journalism, Education, and the Public Good program?
are the advisors for this program?
is the Journalism, Education, and the Public Good Initiative?
develops and conducts the Journalist Fellows sessions?
do participants get out of the Fellows Program?
it ethical for journalists to participate in this program when the costs
are paid for by the Knight Foundation?
are the requirements placed on those selected to participate in the
has participated in the program in past and current years?
1. What is the Institute for Educational
John I. Goodlad and colleagues founded the Institute in 1992 as a nonprofit
entity to work independent of, yet in concert with, the
for Educational Renewal (CER), which is a part of the College of Education
at the University of Washington in Seattle.
and CER pursue the Agenda
for Education in a Democracy. As part of this Agenda, they promote
the simultaneous renewal of schools and the education of educators.
projects include the creation and support of the National
Network for Educational Renewal involving 42 colleges or universities,
more than 150 school districts, and more than 700 partner schools in 20
states. Initiatives of the Institute have included leadership training
for higher education faculty and administrators and educators from the
K-12 system; promotion of more effective programs for dealing with the
diversity of students in our schools, attention to educational programs
in the fine arts, and strengthening secondary schooling. Link to Programs
for a complete look at these initiatives.
Why is the Institute sponsoring a Fellows Program for journalists?
primary purpose of journalism is to provide citizens with the information
they need to be free and self-governing. (Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel,
The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public
Should Expect. New York: Crown Publishers, 2001.)
concerns are for education in its broadest sense. We are concerned with
not only the functioning of schools but with all the institutions in our
society that contribute to the learning of our citizenry. Because of the
broad exposure of young and old, there may be no other institution with
more educative impact than the print and broadcast media.
Therefore, the first reason the IEI has become involved in this initiative
is to enhance the quality of the contributions by journalists to the knowledge
that the public has as it fulfills its responsibilities in a social and
we have observed that, although educators and members of the media share
many responsibilities, there is mistrust and poor communications between
these two professions. We hope Fellows will help us to learn how we can
help educators better understand the role of the free press and how to
better communicate with journalists.
hope that by providing deep background information concerning educational
issues we can strengthen participating journalists' work regarding education.
To strengthen journalism concerning education and other issues vital to
a democratic society and to increase understanding of what is needed to
improve communications involving journalists and educators we will explore
questions such as the following:
is the media's role in contributing to an educated citizenry?
are the purposes and moral grounding for education in a democratic society?
is the evidence concerning our failure to educate all students (issues
associated with education for children of minorities and children of
poverty; issues associated with education for students with special
needs and abilities)?
- How should
educators and media be held accountable for their work?
- How can
we promote accuracy and determine how to address contextual issues in
publications and broadcasts regarding education and other issues related
to the public good?
needs to be done to enhance access by journalists to schools and students
for stories? What needs to be done to enhance access by schools and
the public to journalists?
Who funds the Journalism, Education, and the Public Good program?
support for the first two years came from the Stuart Foundation in San
Francisco. Support for the continuing program comes from the Knight Foundation
in Miami, Florida. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes
excellence in journalism worldwide and invests in the vitality of 26 U.S.
communities. Additional funding has been provided by the Washington Mutual
Who are the advisors for this program?
Education, and the Public Good Initiative has a national advisory group.
Bhatia, executive editor, The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon);
Campbell, director of communications, Everett (Washington) School
District and former Northwest Regional Vice President, National School
Public Relations Association;
Christensen, senior vice president, Bonneville International Corporation
(formerly President, PBS, and Dean, School of Fine Arts and Communications,
Brigham Young University);
Foster, executive director, the National Network for Educational
Renewal (NNER), and senior associate of the Institute for Educational
Horton, opinion page editor, Los Angeles Times;
Mathews, president, Kettering Foundation;
Olson, senior editor, Education Week; and
Simmons, director, Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Brown
What is the Journalism, Education, and the Public Good Initiative?
to the Fellows Program, this overall effort includes seminars for management
in education and journalism, publications and videotapes related to the
topic, and a speaker's bureau that has made presentations to educators
and journalists in Washington, California, and Colorado regarding these
Who develops and conducts the Journalist Fellows sessions?
W. Clark, a senior associate of the Institute for Educational Inquiry,
directs the project. Clark, an educational consultant and author has worked
with K-12 and college educators in 35 states. In addition to a background
as a teacher and administrator, he has eight years of experience as a
Rowe, professor of journalism at Pacific Lutheran University, helps
develop the curriculum materials and co-facilitates the sessions. Rowe,
a member of the Washington News Council, is an experienced reporter and
editor who worked for newspapers in Chicago, Portland, and Seattle.
Smith is responsible for selection of the Fellows and for program
evaluation along with a variety of other duties. Smith is an independent
consultant who is a former newspaper reporter, has worked as a school
district public relations specialist, and is a past president of the Washington
School Public Relations Association. She is also a board member for the
Puget Sound Educational District.
experts in education and journalism are retained as faculty during seminar
sessions. Among those who have served as faculty are:
Mezzacappa, education reporter, The Philadelphia Inquirer;
Bingham, education reporter, Denver Post;
Bhatia, executive editor, The Oregonian;
Boardman and Michael Fancher, editors, The Seattle Times;
Murphy, northwest bureau chief, Los Angeles Times;
Goodlad and other staff from the IEI and CER;
Cortines, former chief school administrator in Pasadena, San Jose,
San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles;
McGlynn, instructor, Concord, New Hampshire High School.
What do participants get out of the Fellows Program?
will, of course, vary from Fellow to Fellow and will depend significantly
on what the Fellow seeks to get from the session. Based on previous sessions,
we believe that among common outcomes, participating journalists will
new ideas about how to enhance the quality of their work;
- a feeling
of professional accomplishment from having contributed to improving
communications between journalists and educators concerning reporting
on educational issues;
- a relationship
with a group of professional journalists that will be useful in future
- an increased
knowledge of useful sources concerning educational issues.
Is it ethical for journalists to participate in this program when the
costs are paid for by the Knight Foundation?
no expectation that any participating Fellow will write about the IEI
or any of the organizations funding the program. This is a professional
growth opportunity for journalists, not a promotional program. Cliff Rowe
has written a thoughtful examination of this question that appears in
the April 2001 issue of Quill.
What are the requirements placed on those selected to participate in the
are expected to participate in the following ways:
and actively participate in three seminars.
the seminars, join in e-mail exchanges with each other and with IEI
the seminars, share current work related to the themes of the sessions.
(For example, during sessions that focus on journalist access to schools,
journalists will share recent stories in which access was a major problemor
in which access was handled well by the schools thereby improving the
and critique background papers developed by IEI staff as we try to grasp
lessons learned from the seminars and other interactions with Fellows.
background books and articles provided in advance of the seminars.
Who has participated in the program in past and current years?
Fellows who participated in the 2003-2004 program :
The Daily Oklahoman (Norman, OK)
Begay, The Oregonian-Clark County (Portland, OR)
KQED Public Radio (San Francisco, CA)
Brice, Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Enterprise (Lynnwood, WA)
Copeland, Seattle Post Intelligencer (Seattle, WA)
Dillon, Peninsula Clarion (Kenai, AK)
Flono, The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC)
Ford, KPBS-FM (San Diego, CA)
Lane Gallagher, Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, WA)
Grimes, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (Fairbanks, AK)
Hetzner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI)
Aubry Kaplan, LA Weekly (Los Angeles, CA)
Kiesewetter, Cincinnati Enquirer (Fairfield, OH)
Mooney, Newark Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)
Picket, KTVT-CBS (Dallas, TX)
Todd, East Valley Tribune (Mesa, AZ)
Vogel, KEPR-TV (Pasco, WA)
Wimmer, KSL-TV (Salt Lake City, UT)
have completed earlier programs include:
Abe, Tacoma News Tribune (Tacoma,
Achterman, television news photographer,
KING TV (Seattle, WA)
Allan, metro columnist, Dayton Daily News
Bach, education reporter, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Best, former reporter, Santa Maria Times (Santa Maria, CA)
Blume, education reporter and associate editor, LA Weekly
(Los Angeles, CA)
Chestnut, staff writer, The Oregonian
Bogdanoff, president, Bellevue Education Association (Bellevue,
Doss Helms, education reporter, The Charlotte Observer
Broderick, editor, The Oregonian (Portland, OR)
Burris, Honolulu Advertiser (Honolulu, HI)
Cafazzo, reporter, Tacoma News Tribune (Tacoma, WA)
Cisneros, reporter, KRON-TV (San Francisco, CA)
Colbert, teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles,
Devine, reporter, KNSD-TV (San Diego, CA)
Eldridge, reporter, KOMO-TV (Seattle, WA)
Farmer, special projects team reporter, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Garrison, news photographer, KPIX-TV (San Francisco, CA)
Gembrowski, education reporter, San Diego Union Tribune (San
Gibbons, superintendent, Renton School District (Renton, WA)
Graves, The Oregonian (Portland, OR)
Groves, Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
Groshart, editorial page editor, Eastside Journal (Bellevue,
Hawley, Eastside Journal (Bellevue, WA)
Hadden, reporter, National Public Radio (Mexico)
Harrell, education reporter, Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Seattle,
Hirsch, WKRC-TV (CBS) (Ohio)
Kaipust, education reporter, Omaha World-Herald
King, education reporter, The Virginian-Pilot
King, education reporter, WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee, WI)
LaRussa, former reporter, The Daily Breeze (Torrance, CA)
Leopold, Public Information Officer, Sweetwater Union High School
District (Chula Vista, CA)
Lord, reporter, Tri-City Herald (Tri-Cities, WA)
Luce, Yakima Herald-Republic (Yakima, WA)
Ann McKenna, superintendent, New Haven Unified School District (Union
Manley Lawver, reporter, The Olympian (Olympia, WA)
Miller, editorial writer, San Diego Union-Tribune
Miller, former television anchor, KEPR-TV (Pasco, WA)
Mitchell, education reporter, Denver Rocky Mountain News
Moilanen, education reporter, Daily Breeze (Torrance, CA)
Niessen, KPLU-National Public Radio (Seattle, WA)
Nowacki, education reporter, The Argus Observer (Ontario, OR)
Okoben, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)
Pohlig, Seattle Times (Seattle, WA)
Ray, assistant news director, KOIN-TV (Portland, OR)
Reynolds, assistant program director, KOMO Radio (Seattle, WA)
Reynolds, KUOW-National Public Radio (Seattle, WA)
Ritsch, publications director, Education Writers Association
Rhodes, education reporter, Erie Times-News
Sack, staff writer, Education Week
Smith, education writer, Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles,
Smith Brinson, The State (South Carolina)
St. John, former reporter, National Public Radio (San Diego, CA)
Stanton, Denver Post (Denver, CO)
Stevens, KSDK-TV (NBC) (Missouri)
Stewart, New Times (California)
Taylor, The Bulletin (Bend, Oregon)
Thomson, St. Louis Dispatch (St. Louis, MO)
Tice, education reporter, Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME)
Toussaint, communications director, Alliant International University
(San Francisco, CA)
Williams, anchor/education reporter, WITI-TV (Milwaukee, WI)
Woo, education reporter, South County Journal (Kent, WA)