Voting for the 2011 Education Resource People's Choice Awards has closed. Click here to see the final list of winners.
By Eric Garneau
Not many news websites are dedicated exclusively to the world of education, and few do the job as excellently as our nominees below. The three organizations we've selected - two that deal with college education, one with K-12 - stand unmatched in their commitment to bringing the public in-depth and far-reaching stories. Which is your favorite? Don't forget to vote for who you think should win!
The Chronicle calls itself 'the number one source of news, information and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators.' This Washington, D.C.-based journal, published 43 times a year in print, has established itself as a premium Web destination for people seeking news about the world of academia. Its site offers a wide variety of content - beyond traditional articles, there are blogs, photo slideshows and even podcasts that spotlight unique subjects like campus IT or special student achievements. Perhaps of greatest interest - at least to some readers - the site also features a massive job center to help people secure employment at colleges across the country. Besides job postings, that section's rounded out with advice columns, forums and even online management for one's curriculum vitae.
Inside Higher Ed focuses even more on academic jobs than The Chronicle; in fact, it was originally established by three men with experience in both higher education journalism and recruiting. The site's many articles want to equip its readers with knowledge that lets them better thrive in their educational jobs - or potentially find new ones. Higher Ed's ultimate goal is to build a strong sense of community among its readers, encouraging comments, letters to the editor and other participation. Like The Chronicle, Inside Higher Ed offers many different types of content: blogs, advice columns and the like. Readers may find navigating the site especially intuitive thanks to Higher Ed's 'In Focus' button, which makes it easy to call up stories based on topics of interest - religion on campus, admissions data, technology in the classroom, etc.
Originally cut from the same managerial cloth as The Chronicle, Education Week launched in September 1981 as a printed paper dedicated to shedding lights on crucial issues in K-12 education, an area which The Chronicle didn't cover but which warranted the same degree of serious journalism. Through a series of notable investigations into major K-12 issues of its day (from President Reagan's controversial reforms in the 1980s to the current e-learning movement), Ed Week has cemented itself as the premiere news source for K-12 educational happenings. In its own words it is, in fact, 'the most trusted voice in education journalism.' Since 1996, edweek.org has maintained a serious presence on the World Wide Web, offering articles, videos, infographics and more that take a hard look at the state of K-12 education. A sampling of their stories from September 2011: 'Early Achievers Losing Ground in Later Grades, Study Finds' and 'Real Impact of Job Bills on Education Under Debate.'
All three nominees report the news like no other, 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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