About NIE

  What is NIE?

The concept of Newspaper in Education dates back to 1795 when the Portland Eastern Herald of Maine published an editorial concerning the neglect of newspapers in schools. It wasn’t until the 1930s and 1940s that the New York Times and the Milwaukee Journal sponsored programsLOT-849that provided newspapers and curriculum aides to the classroom teacher. The program was often referred to as the “Living Textbook Program.” With the change in educational trends of the 1950’s, studying the past switched to studying the present, school use of the newspapers became a nationally supported program. By 1960, local newspapers began conducting their own workshops on use of the newspaper350-030 in the classroom. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that Newspaper in Education received its name and expansion of the program went beyond traditional classroom settings. In the 1980’s, increased development of partnerships with national education associations. The NAA Foundation and the Internal Reading Association joined to sponsor NIE Week in March. Today, there are more than 1,000 NIE programs nationwide!

  Why do teachers become involved?

The Sentinel & Enterprise is providing a free source of teaching material that can be replaced every day with an updated edition. This “living textbook” can be cut up, marked up and written on.

The newspaper can be an important motivator for students. Newspapers contain information on current world, international, national and local events. If students read the newspaper regularly, young people not only strengthen their reading skills, but also are exposed to news stories that relate to every subject in their curriculum. Studies have shown that these students perform better on reading and other academic achievement tests.

  Who pays for this program?

Through the generosity of our sponsors, in cooperation with the Sentinel & Enterprise, this program receives its funding so that the schools are not burdened with this expense.