Each year, the Illinois Association of School Boards, in collaboration with the Illinois Press Association, sponsors the Robert M. Cole Award for Best School Board Coverage.
The Cole Award, named for the first full-time executive director of the Illinois Association of School Boards, recognizes outstanding coverage of education issues that emphasize the community’s connection with its local public school district.
Judges evaluate entries for contribution to public understanding of local school governance and support for effective dialogue that helps the community and school board define major public policy issues. Judging criteria also include enterprise, depth of reporting, and clarity of writing.
IPA solicits entries from local newspapers to participate in this statewide journalism competition with over three dozen subject categories, including the Cole Award. Entries from IPA members are being accepted through January 28
. Winners are announced at the annual IPA “Best of the Press” event in the spring.