5 people student journalists should keep an eye on

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Note: This is one of several blog posts written by Shorthorn staffers about the conferences or training they received. Today blog post was written by projects editor Jason Amaloo about what he learned during the recent Education Writer’s Association seminar.  

Returning from the Education Writers Association’s 2014 Higher Education Seminar here are the five people you NEED to have on your radar:

1. Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

Scott is a font of information and writer for Inside Higher Ed. He was knowledgeable about every panel and delivered 10 (or 12, depending on how you count) of the most important stories for higher education writers to cover this year.

2. Ted Mitchell, US Undersecretary of Education

As Undersecretary, Mitchell has access to a lot of information about the current administration’s stance and policies regarding post-secondary education, and what’s going on at the national level.

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Ted Mitchell, US Undersecretary of Education

3. John Foubert, One in Four

Foubert is a living database for college sexual assault data and studies. Seriously, the sheer amount of numbers and sources for data he has is impressive.

4. Tyler Kingkade, The Huffington Post 

While HuffPo isn’t normally considered a great source for us, Tyler is the kind of person we want to be – a journalist and editor focused on college issues. He could be a sounding board for advice on everything from interview tips to SEO in headlines and ledes.

5. Amy Perko, Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics

For any sports writers out there, Amy and the Knight Commission are a must. They show you what’s behind the curtain for sports in college, from the amount of money spent on sports at individual institutions and the average in their conferences to grades, academic and institutional compliance, and a lot of other nifty data – something to inform deeper reporting on sports programs beyond individual games.

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