Education journalism shapes public perception of teachers and helps shape policy priorities – intertwining the media, K-12 education, and the contours of teaching in many significant ways. To foster more insightful journalism, Public Agenda’s Teachers in the News project provides an unprecedented analysis of education media coverage, alongside findings from a survey of teachers and parents, and interviews with teachers and journalists.
Public Agenda’s analysis examines portrayals of teachers in education journalism from 2009 to 2020 in five national and five local newspapers. Findings from a nationally representative survey examine what K-12 public school teachers and parents think about how the media portrays teachers, what education topics deserve more coverage, and the challenges teachers have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. In video interviews, teachers and journalists reflect on what these findings mean for the future of education and news.
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Support for this research was provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the foundations.