equity in education

Covering Equity in Education After High School

September 3, 2018
Teaching Date
Nov. 15 - 16
The Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, FL
Free (travel scholarships may be available)

Education in the United States is often seen as a path to social mobility. Yet in reality, education is not solving – and in fact, may be driving – social inequality. More than 75 percent of students from homes in the top quarter of incomes complete a degree by age 24. For those in the bottom quarter, that number is only 9 percent. Disparities in college attendance and completion based on race and ethnicity, socioeconomic strata and first-generation status affect communities, states and the nation.

This intensive two-day workshop will focus on understanding the causes and consequences of these disparities and their effect on employment, the justice system, political participation, health and family life. Journalists will be able to localize the data and resources from this workshop to report stories that will connect with their communities.

The Poynter Institute is partnering with the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the country’s leading organization for research in higher education, and WorkingNation, a national nonprofit dedicated to preparing people for the future of work.

Interested in the other dynamics impacting the future of work? Check out our complementary teaching, "A Journalist's Guide to Covering the Future of Work."


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    Kathleen Culver

    Assistant Professor; James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

Through participation in this two-day workshop, journalists will:

  • Understand concepts related to inequity in higher education
  • Examine social and cultural forces that affect higher education and how they influence inequities
  • Question how higher education affects their communities, including how arenas beyond education, such as business and government, are involved
  • Learn how solutions-focused journalism can improve progress
  • Explore the connections between education and the future of work

The workshop is free, thanks to support from the Lumina Foundation and will be led by Kathleen Bartzen Culver, the James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Poynter visiting faculty member.

Higher education experts and experienced journalists will help participants understand the nature of inequities in education and develop story ideas and reporting resources to improve coverage. This workshop will focus on a set of critically important but often under-covered issues that affect citizens every day.

Who Should Apply

Journalists focusing on education will benefit, as will those who report in other areas, such as economics and business, health, justice and government.


Program Partners:

Lumina foundation


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