By Eric Garneau
Though the field of journalism - at least in print - may be shrinking, excellent practitioners of its craft still abound. We've selected three below (one each from three major education outlets) that embody the determination, innovation and ability necessary to tell important stories. Two are veterans who've worked at their respective journals since the '80s, and one's a relative newcomer who uses social media and the blogosphere to her advantage, but all do stand-out work. Who do you think is best? Read up on our selections below, then come back and vote!
The New York Times' Tamar Lewin has a decades-long history in journalism. She first joined The Times staff in 1982 to cover finance, and through the years she's moved through a number of fields, finally settling on education. During her tenure at The Times she contributed to the Pulitzer Prize-winning 'How Race is Lived in America' in 2000, as well as a popular 2005 follow-up, 'Class Matters'. Recent Times articles in education have seen her tackling topics like financial inequity and open learning.
Jenna Johnson doesn't just write education-related stories for The Washington Post, she also runs the site's collegiate blog, Campus Overload, where she offers a wealth of practical tips and other information for the busy modern college student. She expands that helpfulness into Campus Overload Live, a weekly chat/Q&A session with students and other curious parties on The Post's live site. Like any connected modern journalist, Johnson also maintains a Campus Overload Facebook page, and a Twitter account as well.
Goldie Blumenstyk's a senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education, where she's worked since the late 1980s. She specializes in financial issues; recent articles have seen her covering controversial topics such as for-profit schools, student loan defaults and the like. Besides her celebrated writing, she's a frequent presence at conferences and in media discussions of education issues. Blumenstyk also operates a Twitter account focused on college finances.
All three nominees can tell a tale with the best of them, but only one can win. Support your favorite, and don't forget to get the word out and vote on Facebook by October 21st!
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