Best Education News Section, People's Choice Awards

Is your local paper's education section lacking? Why not check out our nominees for the Best Education News Section? ''The New York Times'' won this category for 2011.

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By Sarah Wright

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The New York Times Wins Best Education News Section!

As what many consider to be the nation's paper of record, The New York Times is no stranger to accolades. But we're happy to draw attention to the paper's education section, which might be a more obscure part of the paper than the front page. The Times has adapted to the digital age by introducing blogs to its repertoire, and the education section is no exception. These blogs are entertaining, informative, insightful and unique. Current blogs, like 'The Choice', which focuses on college admissions, and 'The Learning Network', which touches on current events and includes news quizzes, are accompanied by archived blogs on topics like the middle school years, education leaders and the debate over evolution.

The blogs help make the education section of The New York Times unique, but its reporting is also excellent. Some focus on regional New York schools is included, but as with the rest of the paper, the bulk of the articles in this section cover national and international interests. Anyone interested in education, whether student, parent, teacher or curious outsider, will find something unique and original. The reporting is accompanied by a collection of op-ed pieces that highlight controversy and crisis in the education sector. This well-rounded education section is definitely worth your time.

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The Runners-Up

Education news is important, and we'd be remiss if we didn't bring our excellent runners-up to your attention. Like our winner, these nominees are certainly worth your time, and provide valuable information that can help keep us all informed.

Washington Post

The education section of the Washington Post focuses more on local education than national. Local coverage includes articles and blogs dedicated to education news within the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. National education news is also covered, but there is a good amount of attention paid to events within the D.C. region, making this an excellent resource for residents in Maryland, Virginia and the District. The 'Washington Post' education section also features blogs that are written by individual columnists and focus on whatever topic that writer sees fit to highlight. Overall, it's quite an interesting mix of topics, and provides great food for thought.

U.S. News and World Report

Providing more college rankings than current events, U.S. News and World Report has an education section that will be most helpful for prospective college students. The rankings are definitely the most prominent part of the site, but they're not all there is to this education section. You can also find articles about education trends, information about education technology and tips on how to get financial aid. There are also blogs dedicated to topics like M.B.A. admissions, getting your first job after graduation and understanding the college rankings.

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