CTA members made 2016 a newsworthy year for California’s public schools. Our 58th annual John Swett Awards for Media Excellence will showcase that news. Whether it was about countless ways teachers fight for students, or our successful fights to defend the teaching profession and improve the conditions of teaching and learning, most media coverage of education shined.
John Swett founded CTA in 1863 and elevated the teaching profession as he served as California’s fourth superintendent of public instruction. For the first time, public schools became free for all to attend during his four year term. He raised the bar, and this contest bears his name because all entries must show the kind of commitment to professionalism he gave during his life of advocacy for all educators and students.
This competition honors more than 15 decades of advocacy for our schools, students and teachers. We are honored to invite media to take part in a contest dedicated to the legacy of John Swett and his vision for a vibrant public school system. Newspaper, radio and television editors, reporters, producers, directors and bloggers are all encouraged to enter.
The John Swett Awards annually honor excellence in California public education media coverage. These awards, which are CTA’s highest honor for media professionals, herald outstanding coverage of issues that touched California’s schools, community colleges and state universities.
Judging is done by media peers — CTA removes itself entirely from the judging process.
Nomination Form & Details | View the 2015 winners | Deadline: The March 20, 2017 deadline has passed.