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Notebook bloggers win national award

By Anonymous on Feb 28, 2011 04:26 PM

The Notebook has won second prize in the community blogging category of the Education Writers Association National Education Reporting Awards.

The winning entry included 10 posts written by both regular Notebook bloggers and guest bloggers: Ron Whitehorne, Molly Thacker, Caroline Ebby, James "Torch" Lytle, Shania Morris, Marsha Pincus, and Helen Gym.

It also acknowledges the editorial staff for the blog: Erika Owens, web editor, who compiled the prize-winning entry, along with Paul Socolar, Dale Mezzacappa, and Wendy Harris. Congratulations to the Notebook staff and blogging team!

This year was the first time that the EWA awards broke out journalism blogging and community blogging into two separate categories. The community posts could be written by teachers, parents, or other community members and had to show "strong interactivity with the audience." Applicants could submit a maximum of 10 posts.

We chose a variety of pieces that had a high level of reader engagement and page traffic. One focus was posts about Corrective Reading and Math because reader comments prompted the coverage, readers contributed to the coverage through guest blogs, and after the dialogue on the Notebook site, a group testified at the SRC.

It's exciting to receive this acknowledgment of our work and the many contributors who make our blog possible. Thanks for supporting the blog with your readership, comments, and guest blog contributions.

And congratulations to our friends at Gotham Schools for winning first prize in both this and the journalism blogging category.

Here are the posts included in our prize-winning entry:

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Comments (5)

Submitted by Angela Chan on February 28, 2011 10:20 pm

Congratulations for winning an award at the national level! Often the Notebook blog is the only space we have to talk publicly about what's going on in our schools. Thank you and keep up the great work!

Submitted by Philly HS Teacher (not verified) on March 1, 2011 1:42 am

Congratulations! The Notebook is the only source of news and dialogue on schools in Phila. Today, WHYY Radio (PM) had a "fluff" piece on Ackerman's contract extension. The only person who was "allowed" to speak was the SDP PR office. The very brief story mentioned a few lawmakers questioning the decision but none were even mentioned by name. Fortunately, the Notebook isn't sham journalism. The piece was a commercial for Ackerman and the SRC.

Submitted by Meg (not verified) on March 1, 2011 7:07 am

Take a bow.
It is nice that someone recognizes the work you are doing. I mean someone other than those of us who count on this site to keep us connected and up to date.
Thanks for all you do.

Submitted by K.R. Luebbert (not verified) on March 1, 2011 10:55 am

It is wonderful that a real, honest news source that is not in the pockets of the powers-that-be has been recognized. Keep up the great work!

Submitted by Erika Owens (not verified) on March 1, 2011 10:59 am

Thanks everyone! We really couldn't do it without you. Please let me know if you have any suggestions on how to make the site more interactive and engaging. We've got a long to-do list, but suggestions are always welcome.

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