Education News Network Comes Together

Feb 25, 2013

EDUCATING NEWS: Just off the virtual presses: two respectednonprofit education news services are partnering with the hopes of creating anation-wide network of education news.

EducationNews Colorado is a five-year-old award-winning, Denver-based non-profitnews website; GothamSchools is New YorkCity's nonprofit education news service. Together they're starting theEducation News Network (ENN). (Nope, don't look for it on the web yet; anythingthat you find with a similar name isn't related. The group will have a .orgsite).

Togetherthey hope to build news teams in cities and states around the US. AlanGottlieb, who has led the Colorado EdNews site, will be publisher of theENN.org. He says the group aims to do balanced reporting on issues that arecentral to decision makers, focusing on stories that matter rather than"gotcha" headlines. High on his list of places to build out thenetwork are cities and states where education policies are in transition:"Tennessee, Houston, Indianapolis--we'll see where this plays out,"says Gottlieb.

Thegroup has received funding from some foundations, including the Walton Family Foundation, SeaChange Capital Partners and the NewYork-based Arabella Advisors. Itwill also likely run advertising and sell sponsorships to generate revenue. Sofar, the team including about six people, half in New York and half inColorado. EdNews also hired experienced journalist Maura Walz as managingeditor. (She had previously worked at Georgia Public Broadcasting andGothamSchools.)

Education News Network Comes Together

Feb 25, 2013

EDUCATING NEWS: Just off the virtual presses: two respectednonprofit education news services are partnering with the hopes of creating anation-wide network of education news.

EducationNews Colorado is a five-year-old award-winning, Denver-based non-profitnews website; GothamSchools is New YorkCity's nonprofit education news service. Together they're starting theEducation News Network (ENN). (Nope, don't look for it on the web yet; anythingthat you find with a similar name isn't related. The group will have a .orgsite).

Togetherthey hope to build news teams in cities and states around the US. AlanGottlieb, who has led the Colorado EdNews site, will be publisher of theENN.org. He says the group aims to do balanced reporting on issues that arecentral to decision makers, focusing on stories that matter rather than"gotcha" headlines. High on his list of places to build out thenetwork are cities and states where education policies are in transition:"Tennessee, Houston, Indianapolis--we'll see where this plays out,"says Gottlieb.

Thegroup has received funding from some foundations, including the Walton Family Foundation, SeaChange Capital Partners and the NewYork-based Arabella Advisors. Itwill also likely run advertising and sell sponsorships to generate revenue. Sofar, the team including about six people, half in New York and half inColorado. EdNews also hired experienced journalist Maura Walz as managingeditor. (She had previously worked at Georgia Public Broadcasting andGothamSchools.)

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