NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS IN EDUCATION WEEK
Newspapers in Education Week during the first week in March inspires educators to incorporate newspapers in the classroom. Throughout the week, guides and tools are provided to help schools with new ideas each year.
There are about 700 newspaper companies providing publications to their local school districts. Each instance involves an individual Newspapers in Education Week schedule of events. That means there are about 700 different celebrations of the week.
A handful of newspapers, including The New York Times, deliver papers to their local schools plus curriculum aids and teacher training.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NewspapersInEducationWeek or #NIEweek
- Roleplay with a student as though you are in a news event. Conduct a newspaper interview like a real reporter.
- Encourage a student to write an editorial on a local concern.
- Help your student create a comic strip. (Visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for a similar idea.)
- Create real-life incomes and budgets and have students use the newspaper to see if they can live within the means assigned to them.
- Visit the American Press Institute website to access tools and resources for the week.
- Follow on social media with the hashtag #NIE or #NIEweek.
NEWSPAPERS IN EDUCATION WEEK HISTORY
Newspapers in Education Week is sponsored by an organization called Newspapers in Education, a community of newspapers and professional groups. However, the concept dates back to June 8, 1795, when the Portland (Maine) Eastern Herald published an editorial promoting the cooperative work between schools and the local newspapers.
In 1982, The Wisconsin Newspaper in Education Week published and promoted one of the earliest classroom curricula for National Newspapers in Education Week.