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The Johns Hopkins School of Education is pleased to announce that it will host the largest annual gathering of journalists on the education beat in Baltimore, May 6 – 8, 2019.

The 72nd annual Education Writers Association National Seminar will explore a host of timely topics of interest to education journalists from across the country, but with a special focus on student success, safety, and well-being. The conference will also showcase the city of Baltimore, which last was home to the event in 1986.

Dean Christopher C. Morphew said the university is honored to host the nation’s education writers. “The Johns Hopkins School of Education is built on a legacy of 100 years of groundbreaking research in the field,” says Morphew. “Every student deserves to feel successful and safe in school. We look forward to showcasing our research to develop evidence-based methods and tools aimed at ensuring the social, emotional, and physical well-being of every student.”

Offering a varied and fast-paced program, the 2019 conference will offer a special focus on such topics as social and emotional learning; mental and physical health; and other factors affecting educational opportunities and outcomes. Sessions will explore a range of other hot topics in education and journalism as well.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Johns Hopkins University to highlight cutting-edge work in education and its coverage,” said Greg Toppo, president of the Education Writers Association Board of Directors and a senior editor at Inside Higher Ed. “We look forward to drawing on the extensive resources the university offers, from top-flight researchers to meaningful partnerships in the community.”

The national professional organization dedicated to advancing high-quality education journalism, the Education Writers Association works to strengthen the community of education writers and improve the quality of education coverage to better inform the public.

Tailored primarily to working journalists at independent news outlets, the conference also welcomes other education content providers and communicators. Special features include the presentation of awards that honor the best in education reporting, a track of sessions tailored to communications professionals, and training on digital and data journalism tools and strategies.

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