When a reporter hops on the K-12 beat, here are some resources I recommend. They are pretty basic and give a local beat reporter a good start on staying current on national stories and issues.
—Sign up for e-bulletins, including Education News, Public Education Network and ASCD.
—Get on the U.S. Department of Education press release e-mail list by calling 202-401-1576. There’s rarely anything fascinating there, but it can’t hurt to stay in the loop.
—Pay attention to these think tanks and blogs that are helpful for keeping up with the national scene, no matter their point of view: Education Sector and their Quick and the Ed blog, the three education policy blogs from New America Foundation, Education Gadfly and Flypaper from the Thomas B. Fordham institute, Eduwonk and This Week in Education.
—You can’t cover the education beat, even in the tiniest district in America, without reading Education Week. They are a little stingy about the paywall and courtesy subscriptions, but no matter what, you can at least read their excellent blogs and sign up for their e-bulletins.
Oh, and join EWA. It is free. Our journalist listserve is a great place to hear what other reporters are working on and place your districts’ issues in broader context.
What other resources do you think are must-reads for reporters new to the beat?