What is Newspapers-in-Education (NIE)?

NIE dates back to June 8, 1795, when the Portland Eastern Herald (in Maine) published the following editorial:

"Much has been said and written on the utility of the newspaper; but one principal advantage which might be derived from these publications has been neglected; we mean that of reading them in schools, and by the children in families. Try it for one session - Do you wish your child to improve reading solely, give him a newspaper - it furnishes a variety, some parts of which must infallibly touch his fancy. Do you wish to instruct him in geography, nothing will so indelibly fix the relative situation of different places as the stories and events published in the papers. In time, do you wish to have him acquainted with the manners of country or city, the mode of doing business, public or private; or do you wish him to have a smattering of every kind of science useful and amusing, give him a newspaper - newspapers are plenty and cheap - the cheapest book that can be bought, and the more you buy the better for your children, because every part furnishes some new and valuable information."

During the 1930s and 1940s, The New York Times and the Milwaukee Journal sponsor programs that are dedicated to providing newspapers and curriculum aides to the classroom teacher. There was no official title yet affixed to the programs; however, "The Living Textbook Program" was sometimes used to describe the newspapers fresh curriculum material available daily.

In the 1950s, as educational trends switched from studying the past to studying the present, school use of newspapers became a nationally supported program. C. K. Jefferson, a circulation executive at the Des Moines Register persuaded the school system to survey 5,500 secondary students about their leisure time. It was determined that 30-40% spent no time reading outside the classroom and those who did read spent only 1/3 of the time they spent watching TV. Concerned, Jefferson approached the National Council for Social Studies, which had already published a pamphlet series on "How to Use the Daily Newspaper," and the National Council of Teachers of English.

Both organizations passed resolutions supporting research on the use of the newspapers in schools. By 1956, representatives of 10 major professional organizations in education and the newspapers business met at the Drake Hotel in Chicago to plan the research. It was this research in 1957 that led to the establishment of a national "Newspaper in the Classroom" program, first sponsored by ICMA and later taken over by the American Newspaper Publishers Association which became the Newspaper Association of America in 1992. The first manifestations of the national program was the development of three annual graduate credit summer workshops that trained up to 100 teachers each year in the classroom use of newspapers.

During the 1960s and 70s, local newspapers began to conduct their own workshops and graduate credit college workshops. More than 350 newspapers sponsored local programs. The Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers Association originated a new title for the program - Newspapers in Education, recognizing the expansion of the educational use of newspapers to institutions and organizations beyond the traditional classroom setting. Educators were hired to promote and administer the programs.

In the 1980s, there was an increased development of partnerships with national education associations. The NAA Foundation and the International Reading Association joined to sponsor NIE Week each March. Newspapers were used in the classroom from kindergarten through college in almost all subjects. Newspapers could also be found outside the classroom for tutoring and adult education and in prisons, mental institutions and nursing homes. By 1989, more than 700 NIE programs were in place nationwide.

As publishers and editors realize they need to invest in future readers, the NIE program becomes more vital to newspapers in the 1990s. Editorial content to reach young people is more popular and is often tied closely to a newspapers use in schools. More than 60 years of NIE experience have indicated there is no limit to a good newspaper's capacity to interest students in learning. The growth in numbers and creativity within the NIE community appears to guarantee this capacity will be fulfilled.

What The Daily Dispatch does ...

Our Newspaper in Education (NIE) program is dedicated to promoting literacy in our community by providing educators with materials to assist in teaching. The Daily Dispatch brings readers a wealth of information every day - real life stories that offer lessons at many levels, from diversity and economics to government and the arts.

By using The Daily Dispatch in their classroom, educators can integrate relevant world and local news, issues, trends and politics into classroom lessons. NIE offer teachers ways to supplement curriculum with newspapers and innovative teaching tools that help create a fun and motivational learning environment for students by providing a variety of special programs and curriculum.

Our program provides classroom presentations for students and teachers, classroom materials, student programs and contests and production plant tours - all at no charge thanks to our generous sponsors. This past school year, The Daily Dispatch NIE program, thanks to our sponsors, was able to provide over thousands of newspapers to dozens of our local schools for use in the classroom. These schools included all grade levels, public and charter schools.

In order to continue to provide this essential service to our teachers and students, we solicit individual and corporate sponsors each year. We also receive funds from those subscribers who donate their newspapers to NIE when stopping their service for vacations.

The teachers and students are counting on your support!



Vacation Donations:
Our regular subscribers can help sponsor the Newspapers-In- Education program in the classroom by donating their papers to the program while on vacation or out of town for any reason. If you would like to donate your newspapers to the Newspaper-In-Education program contact our customer service department at (252) 436-2801.

How to Become a Sponsor:
If you are interested in supporting literacy by becoming an NIE sponsor, by either making a donation or sponsoring one our many educational programs or newspaper features, call A.J. Woodell at (252) 436-2801.