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Voting for the 2011 Education Resource People's Choice Awards has closed. Click here to see the final list of winners.
By Eric Garneau
Lots of popular news outlets devote some space to educational issues, but few show dedication to the topic like our nominees below. Check out each education section by following the links, and make sure you come back here to vote for your favorite!
One of the most-read newspapers in the U.S. devotes a significant amount of its content to the education world. Their academic presence on the Web is especially impressive; The Times' primary education section publishes at least one major story a day, focused on topics like classroom trends, political developments or noteworthy students. But The Times doesn't stop there - their site also hosts two separate blogs focused solely on the educational world. One, The Learning Network, aims to help teachers, parents and students turn Times stories into educational opportunities, with lesson plans, quizzes, dictionary entries, games and more. The other, The Choice, promises to 'demystify college admissions and aid,' making itself a helpful tool for students about to take the plunge into college living. The Times even runs its own education-based Twitter account (@nyteducation) with quarterly updates on important college topics.
Like The New York Times, The Washington Post boasts an extensive education section. The Post has the benefit of being close to the action, so to speak; their position in the nation's capital gives them immediate access to stories that affect education across the country, which leads them to reporting important stories both local and national with a critical eye. The Post's parent company is especially vested in education: they also own Kaplan, Inc., which offers test preparation courses most high school students are probably familiar with, and also operates over 70 for-profit colleges across the country.
U.S. News reports its fair share of educational stories, covering topics like best practices, student finances and college admissions advice - actually, admissions topics make up a large amount of its content. While this news source is especially noteworthy for its exhaustive rankings of America's educational institutions, which many readers take very seriously, it's by no means the only thing they do. The site also features many advice-focused articles, from the 'college roadtrips' series, which makes college tours come to you, to thoughtful pieces on education trends and college-related decision-making.
All three nominees are highly deserving, but only one can win. Support your favorite, and don't forget to get the word out and vote on Facebook before October 21st!
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