For the past seventy years, the use of newspapers in American classrooms has flourished. Nearly 40% of all public school students in the U.S. are served by NIE (Newspaper in Education) programs or resources. Why?
Because newspapers are “living textbooks,” bringing fresh news and resources into classrooms each morning. Newspapers can be used in traditional subject areas – but also, to help teach character education and about community service and current events. Studies show that classroom newspaper use even improves standardized test scores.
What is NIE?
NIE stands for Newspaper in Education – the name of an educational partnership between the newspaper industry and schools. NIE programs have existed and flourished in the United States for the past seven decades; today, more than 950 NIE programs deliver newspapers and educational programs to nearly 40 percent of all public school students in the United States.
Newspapers offer students and teachers fresh resources, every day. They help connect students to their neighborhoods and communities and the world beyond. The use of newspapers in the classroom helps prepare students for active citizenship and teaches real-life skills – how to look for a job, spend money wisely, and take advantage of community resources and activities, for instance. Studies even show that newspaper use in the classroom contributes to improved test scores! A 2002 NAA (Newspaper Association of America) study revealed that students in schools with at least some NIE programming did an average of 10 percent better on standardized tests than students in schools with no NIE programs.
The Times Leader offers NIE programming to any school or qualified K-12 educational program (i.e., homeschool program) within our newspaper delivery area. Thanks in part to the generosity of corporate and private sponsors and our readers, area teachers receive classroom papers free of charge.
To begin your classroom NIE subscription, please visit our "Order Form" page.
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