On this episode, Chalkbeat publisher-to-be (current editor-in-chief) Bene Cipolla joined Mark Simon to talk about how her group covers educational issues across the country.

Bene talked about her organization’s purpose — to have an impact on the improvement of schools for all children, especially those who have lacked access to a quality education.

She explained her role, why education journalism appeals to her, the kinds of stories Chalkbeat covers, how they cover social justice issues, who their readership is, how they are funded, and the organization’s long-term plans.

Lastly, Bene gave advice to aspiring education journalists and picked a group that she wanted to salute.

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