Notebook bloggers win national award
by Erika Owens on Feb 28 2011
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:
- Corrective Reading, Math stir teacher debate
- Corrective Reading raising questions
- Correcting the Corrective Math problem, III
- Guest blog: Theory of action
- News flash: Students have brains
- Before Promise Academies, came the Dream Schools. How have they done?
- Do we need a longer school day?
- Masterman, Obama, and Ackerman. Part I
- Teach, Tony Danza, Teach
- Ackerman and Rhee: 'Cultural competence' and the national urban education agenda