California Educator

August / September 2018

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CTA's John Swett Awards Honor Media Coverage of Education Story and photos by Mike Myslinski edia stories last year ranging from a profile of a dedicated Bay Area music teacher to a public radio station's look at the teacher shortage in San Diego County school districts are among the works honored by CTA's 59th annual John Swett Awards for Media Excellence. Eighteen winning entries were chosen by an indepen- dent panel of working journalists, media professionals and a retired college journalism professor. e awards honor individuals, publications, websites, and television and radio stations for their outstanding achievements in reporting and interpreting public education issues during 2017. "These skilled reporters all helped tell the story of education in California with clarity and creativity," said CTA President Eric C. Heins. "ey're keeping the 'public' in public education by detailing the challenges and tri- umphs that educators and our students encounter. eir outstanding work clearly deserves to be honored with this special recognition." There were 61 entries this year. The winners were honored during a reception at the CTA State Council of Education meeting in June in Los Angeles. Th e John Swett Award i s nam ed in honor of th e founder of CTA, who was California's fourth super- intendent of public instruction and a crusader for public education . Jade Hernandez (in white) with (from left) CTA Vice President Theresa Montaño, President Eric Heins, Secretary-Treasurer David Goldberg, UTLA/NEA Vice President Cecily Myart-Cruz, and Mona Davidson, CTA Communications Committee chair. Richard Bammer with (from left) Montaño, Heins, State Council delegate Corey Penrose, Goldberg and Davidson. Stories That Need Telling Nanette Asimov, a San Francisco Chronicle reporter, accepts her co-award. M 66 CTA & You

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