Edwin Gould Foundation and the Education Writers Association Announced the Winner of the Eddie Award
Last month, the Edwin Gould Foundation and the Education Writers Association announced the winner of the Eddie Award, one of the most coveted prizes in education journalism. This year, instead of a single finalist, it was a tie. The winners are the APM podcast documentary team which produced “Shadow Class: College DREAMers in Trump’s America” (https://www.ewa.org/finalist/shadow-class-college-dreamers-trumps-america) and the Eric Hoover of the Chronicle of Higher Education for his feature series “The Long Difficult Journey to College.” (https://www.ewa.org/finalist/long-difficult-journey-college)
The much-sought-after Eddie was awarded at a luncheon ceremony on May 17 attended by 400 education journalists on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles as part of EWAs annual convention. The award consists of $7500 for each of the winning teams as well as a bowler hat, a replica of the kind that Edwin Gould, the foundation’s namesake, wore for his official photographs in the 1920s.
For the last four years, the Edwin Gould Foundation has sponsored the award which recognizes and advances journalism which furthers the national conversation about the obstacles low-income students face on their path to higher education. The award attracts outstanding entries well-known journalists from the New Yorker, the New York Times and NPR as high-quality packages from medium and small market digital, print, radio and broadcast journalists. “The outstanding reporting by this year’s finalists and winners of the Eddie Prize are helping the public better understand the hurdles facing low-income students on their paths to post secondary success,” says Mark Bieler, the chairman of the Edwin Gould Foundation’s board of trustees. “Serious and independent journalism has an huge role to play in helping philanthropy and policy makers create a more fair and equitable society. We want to highlight and support the very best of that work.”
The Edwin Gould Foundation operates the EGF Accelerator, a residential incubator for non-profit organizations improving academic outcomes for low-income young people in the metropolitan New York area. Located in the EGF offices at 55 Exchange Place, the EGF Accelerator currently house the New York branch of OneGoal and CollegeSpring, which are college access programs, the New York outpost of Global Glimpse, which sends students from low-income and affluent backgrounds on summer study programs in Central American together, BEAM, which finds and cultivates strong math minds in low-income middle schoolers in NYC and Los Angeles and get those children on the path to STEM degrees, and the Quill.org team, which is creating free, open-sourced educational technology to help classroom teachers provide classical writing instruction for low-income students.