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Honoring Excellence in California Public Education Media Coverage


56th Annual Awards Contest


CTA members made 2014 a newsworthy year for California’s public schools. Our 56th 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 re-elect Governor Jerry Brown and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, 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 CTA’s 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 325,000-member California Teachers Association is now accepting nominations for this contest. These awards herald outstanding coverage of community and campaign issues that touched California’s schools, community colleges and state universities during 2014.

Judging is done by media peers — CTA removes itself entirely from the judging process. More details are included in this brochure. Winners are awarded plaques at a special Los Angeles reception in their honor. A statewide CTA news release and full-page advertisement listing the winners in the Columbia Journalism Review give further credit where it’s definitely due. Meritorious nominees whose work was not judged the most outstanding in their categories receive Certificates of Merit. 

 All media nominations must have appeared between January 1 and December 31, 2014

The April 9, 2015 deadline has passed

 Nomination Form & Details

 Awards will be presented on June 5, 2015 at CTA's State Council of Education meeting in Los Angeles

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