Dec 2

Past Event

No Reader Left Behind: Improving Media Coverage of Education

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    Brookings experts presented findings on the implications of education''s significant lack of media coverage. Following the presentation, an expert panel discussed how to engender a stronger media focus on education research, school reform, teacher qua

    Darrell M. West, Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst and E.J. Dionne, Jr.

  • Media Coverage Improves Education

    Whitehurst says media coverage generates improvements in education; but in recent years, he adds, media coverage of education issues has been steadily declining.

    Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst

  • News Cuts Back Education Coverage

    As the media strategizes on how it can meet industry challenges, news outlets often cut back on covering important policy issues like education, West says.

    Darrell M. West

  • Web a New Forum for Education Info

    Dionne says education issues with a political bent get the most press coverage; he notes that the web offers a new forum for relaying information about critical issues in education.

    E.J. Dionne, Jr.

Summary

The American educational system is fundamental to promoting social and economic mobility, civic engagement and global competiveness. Yet the subject of education receives disproportionately less media coverage than other major public policy issues.

A new report by Brookings scholars, “Invisible: 1.4 Percent Coverage for Education is Not Enough,” offers creative solutions to improve education reporting and to promote quality public discourse.  It explores how the “perfect storm” of a weak economy, a drop in viewers and readers, and the emergence of new competitive threats has arisen at a time when people need more – not less – information about education issues and proposed reforms.

On December 2, Senior Fellows Grover “Russ” Whitehurst and E.J. Dionne presented their findings on the implications of education’s significant lack of media coverage. Following the presentation, an expert panel discussed how to engender a stronger media focus on education research, school reform, teacher quality and curricular innovations.

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December 2, 2009

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW

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