As focus grows on schools, local newsrooms launch education reporting labs


“Everybody recognizes that the systems that we’ve tried for a long time in schools are not working, and people are thinking about how to reimagine things after the pandemic,” said education editor Ruth Serven Smith. “This is a great time to be in education and to be trying new things.”

Among the people doing that work are journalists at “education labs” around the country. These labs vary in format, but most comprise a small group of reporters and editors who focus on identifying solutions to educational challenges in their communities. They are supported by grants despite being located in for-profit local newsrooms.

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