Journalists Named to Higher Education Media Fellowship

FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
CONTACT: Frances Hannan | Program Officer | [email protected] | 201-587-4755

Second Class of Journalists Named to Higher Education Media Fellowship

Fellows to Build Tools and Networks for More Comprehensive Coverage of Postsecondary Career and Technical Education

PRINCETON, NJ (Tuesday, September 15, 2020) – The WW Foundation is pleased to announce its second class of journalists named to the Higher Education Media Fellowship, supported by the ECMC Foundation. The fall 2020 class comprises eight outstanding journalists representing a variety of outlets, media, and interests.

The WW Higher Education Media Fellowship aims to increase the number of journalists equipped with tools and networks to provide more comprehensive coverage of postsecondary education, particularly career and technical education (CTE).

The fall 2020 ECMC Foundation Fellows of the Higher Education Media Fellowship include Kirk Carapezza (GBH), Kavitha Cardoza (Freelance), Danielle Dreilinger (Freelance), Ron French (Bridge Magazine), Rebecca Koenig (EdSurge), Molly Osborne (EdNC), Bianca Quilantan (Politico), and Eileen Truax (Freelance).

The eight ECMCF Fellows have a range of experiences, including published books, appointments as Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellows, and numerous regional and national awards from such organizations as the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association, the Edward R. Murrow Awards, the Education Writers Association, and the National Press Foundation.

Each ECMCF Fellow receives an award of $10,000—a $5,000 stipend and $5,000 to support a special CTE reporting project. Fellows will attend a virtual symposium this fall focused on topics related to postsecondary CTE and professional development. Following the symposium, Fellows will complete a CTE reporting project, such as a special report or series.

“As the nation continues to adjust to the new normal following the COVID-19 pandemic, a critical look at career and technical education has never been more important,” said WW President Rajiv Vinnakota. “With an economy in flux, we have to continue to examine and assess postsecondary opportunities we’re offering students so they can train for careers and flourish as active members of society. This Fellowship will bolster the already stellar work of these journalists and give them additional tools, resources, and connections to dig into CTE topics and issues.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the second CTE symposium will be held online with dedicated activities and breakout sessions for professional and network development. Each fall 2020 Fellow will be paired with a mentor. In order to foster a strong community, a number of Fellows from the first class are returning as mentors. The virtual symposium has been designed to provide a deep fellowship opportunity—a robust experience that will support Fellows’ personal and professional development; give Fellows the opportunity to develop and deepen relationships with one another; bolster their connections to those working in the CTE field; and provide one-on-one mentoring and additional workshops.

The funding for this program is a part of the ECMC Foundation’s CTE Leadership Collaborative, an initiative focused on bringing together diverse perspectives and equipping CTE leaders with the tools, resources, and skills needed to advance postsecondary CTE. The first class of Fellows will be publishing and broadcasting their projects throughout the remainder of 2020.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of postsecondary CTE as we recognize many essential workers–those working in healthcare, logistics, and information technology–are graduates of career and technical education programs,” said Jennifer Zeisler, career readiness senior director, ECMC Foundation. “As students and institutions alike navigate the uncertainties of the fall semester, journalists play an essential role in educating the public about the pressing challenges facing postsecondary education and holding decision-makers accountable to finding viable solutions. The announcement of this second cohort of ECMCF Fellows couldn’t come at a better time.”

Applications for the third class of ECMCF Fellows of the Higher Ed Media Fellowship are now open. More information about the program, eligibility requirements, and the application process can be found at https://woodrow.org/fellowships/cte-media-fellowship/.


About the WW Foundation
Founded in 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (www.woodrow.org) identifies and develops the nation’s best minds to meet its most critical challenges. The Foundation supports its Fellows as the next generation of leaders shaping American society. In June 2020, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to rename the organization and to remove Woodrow Wilson from its name; a new name will be announced by early fall.

About the ECMC Foundation
ECMC Foundation (www.ecmcfoundation.org) is a Los Angeles-based, nationally focused foundation whose mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group (www.ecmcgroup.org) enterprise based in Minneapolis. ECMC Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation’s vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential.


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