Higher ed coverage shows gaps

According to a nationwide survey of higher education reporters and editors, stories about student retention, attrition, and completion and remedial education are substantially under-covered, while student housing, international programs/foreign students, and college rankings are substantially over-covered, reflecting major gaps between actual coverage and the perceived importance of some of the issues.

The Second National Survey of Higher Education Media was conducted by the Education Writers Association with support from Lumina Foundation on Education.

Survey respondents cited lack of time as their greatest impediment to better coverage. Three-fifths of the respondents spend less than half of their time on higher education issues. Some reporters have to balance higher education with coverage of K-12 education.

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