Launches the Education Channel


Washington, D.C.—Debuting today on is the Education channel, a new section that will feature stories of learning and reinvention for the 21st century—from preschool to college to adult ed. Education has been a core subject for The Atlantic and for years, and with the launch of this new channel, writers and editors will have a place to explore a key set of issues on a daily basis, including: public vs. private schools vs. homeschooling; the education reform movement; the role of sports and organized athletics; new classroom technologies; the rise of online and distance learning; and the college admissions process; among many other topics.

Senior associate editor Eleanor Barkhorn is overseeing the channel. Barkhorn most recently edited the Sexes Channel, managing its successful launch in fall 2012 and subsequent audience growth. Before joining The Atlantic in 2009, she spent two years teaching high school English in Greenville, Mississippi as part of the Teach For America program.

The Atlantic, both in print and online, has been covering a broad range of education stories for many years,” said Bob Cohn, editor of Atlantic Digital. “Now we are excited to create dedicated space and editorial leadership for this coverage. The topic has never been more important than it is now, as we all seek ways to navigate in a world of global competition, technological upheaval, and economic inequality. Eleanor’s experience in the classroom, combined with her track record as a creative and scrupulous editor here at, makes her the ideal overseer of this new initiative.”

The Education Channel will showcase reporting and storytelling in various ways, including a mix of short and longer form articles, Q&A interviews, original video segments, and photo galleries. Content will also be available via the Education Channel’s Twitter feed, available at @TheAtlanticEDU, which Barkhorn will curate.

With the new channel, Barkhorn plans to build on the success of past education stories from The Atlantic and like Amanda Ripley’s “What Makes a Great Teacher?,” “Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail” by Jessica Lahey, Anu Partanen’s “What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland’s School Success,” and “A Philadelphia School’s Big Bet on Nonviolence” by Jeff Deeney.

The debut of the Education Channel follows a period of expansion at this summer’s premiere of original video series “Economics in Plain English,” “The User’s Guide to Energy,” and “Creative Breakthroughs”; the March launch of the China Channel, and the November 2012 roll-out of the Sexes Channel.

About The Atlantic

Since its founding in 1857 as a magazine about “the American Idea” that would be of “no party or clique,” The Atlantic has been at the forefront of brave thinking in journalism. One of the first magazines to launch on the Web in the early 1990s, The Atlantic has continued to help shape the national debate across print, digital, and event platforms. With the addition of its news- and opinion-tracking site,, and on global cities, The Atlantic is a multimedia forum on the most critical issues of our times—from politics, business, urban affairs, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. The Atlantic is the flagship property of Washington, D.C.–based publisher Atlantic Media Company.

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