Elizabeth Green

Elizabeth Green

Reporter and Editor, GothamSchools

Topic: 
Building a Better Education Press Corps
Date: 
Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Location: 
Cubberley Conference Room 114

Ms.Green will talk about the role that education journalism plays in constructing education policy. She will argue that - like too many aspects of education policymaking - the journalism produced about education fails to live up to the good intentions of its makers. Too often, stories about schools do not help create better schools. Indeed the popular press's storytelling about education sometimes even prevents better policies from being created and enacted. Drawing on her own experience as an education reporter, she will first lay out a vision of how education journalism might play a role in creating better education. She will then explain how and why the current structure of journalism's business model thwarts this vision more often than not. Finally, she will try to imagine a new business model for journalism that would help education reporters play a role in the effort to improve schools.