Four Strategies for Covering Student Activism: Reporters should broaden source networks and avoid assumptions about "success."
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Student activists are increasingly making news, tackling issues such as campus racism, rising tuition and college administrators’ often arbitrary pandemic responses. But they often complain that coverage of their activism can be shallow, cliched or even biased.
While acknowledging that journalists face deadline pressures, and that the pandemic has made it more difficult to connect with sources, several student activists participating in the Education Writers Association’s 2020 Higher Education Seminar urged reporters to improve the coverage by spending more time cultivating relationships with students, digging into each activist’s unique journey, and broadening their source networks to feature a variety of voices.
About EWA: The mission of the Education Writers Association is to strengthen the community of education writers and improve the quality of education coverage to better inform the public.