California Educator

June/July 2022

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Media Maers CTA's 63rd annual John Swett Awards for Media Excellence I N M A Y, CTA honored eight winning entries by journalists and media outlets with its John Swett Awards for Media Excellence. The awards, chosen by an independent panel of working journalists and media profes- sionals, recognized individuals, publications, websites and broadcast media for their out- st andin g a chi e vem ent s in re p or tin g and interpreting public education issues during 2021. e awards are named in honor of the founder of CTA, who was California's fourth superintendent of public instruction and a crusader for public education. Stories included coverage of the triumphs, challenges and perseverance of educators returning to in-person instruction; educators advocating for much-needed and deserved resources for their students; and a Sacramento television station's uplifting "Teacher of the Month" series. " Th e narrative of educators across our st at e w oul d n ot b e p o ssi bl e w ith out th e incredible talents of these storytellers," said C TA P resi d ent E. Toby B oyd . " Th eir out- standing work is based on truth, integrity, and equity. We are so proud to honor them for their dedication to quality journalism." e awardees, listed below, were announced at the May State Council of Education meeting in Los Angeles. e video honoring them can be viewed at Television ABC10 in Sacramento for their " Teacher of the Month" series. The series highlights CTA members, such as Chris Dickey with the West Sacramento Teachers Association, who are making immediate di•erences in their local communities. Segments o•er glimpses into who these educators are as well as showcase voices of students, who are the direct beneficiaries of these educators. ABC10 anchor Mark S. Allen Newspapers Hannah Holzer, The Sacramento Bee, for her continuous coverage of educational news particularly during a critical school board race that impacted students and educators. " The narrative of educators across our state would not be possible without the incredible talents of these storytellers. We are so proud to honor them for their dedication to quality journalism." —CTA President E. Toby Boyd Radio Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez and Jon Brooks, KQED, for a news story thoroughly examining the battle over school reopening in San Francisco. The report included voices on all sides of the issue, including nuanced opinions and experiences of a diversity of sources. 52 CTA & You Hannah Holzer

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