Newspapers In Education

What is NIE?

Newspapers In Education (NIE) is an international program that promotes and increases basic skills by using the newspaper as a teaching tool.

NIE can trace its roots in the United States back to the 1930's and 1940's. There are now programs in all 50 states and in 50-70 countries. The Newspaper Association of America supports programs nationally.

The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin has provided newspapers to teachers that request them at no charge to schools. The program is maintained through community sponsorships by area businesses and individuals.

Why Newspapers?

Newspapers contain information on current world, national, state and local events and have applications for every subject matter in the curriculum: Mathematics, history, literature, government, politics, citizenship, science and technology.

They provide material appropriate to readers of all levels and are well suited for individualized instruction. Newspapers stimulate students' interest by framing their study in the context of current events that affect their own lives and those of their families.

Students who have daily newspaper reading habits are well informed and better able to practice democratic ideas and ideals. Young citizens gain a broad perspective, learn to think critically and exercise interpretive skills.

Become An NIE Sponsor

Newspapers and curriculum are free to all NIE classrooms. This is thanks to the many sponsors that support the program. If you would like to become a sponsor, click here for an online PDF you can print, fill out and fax or mail.

Bring NIE To Your School

All NIE newspaper orders must be requested by the teacher before delivery can begin. To obtain a copy of the classroom order form, click here for an online PDF you can print, fill out and fax or mail.

Lesson Ideas

Taken from the 2001-2002 NIE Teacher's Guide "Give Them The Keys - Promoting Literacy Through Newspapers."

The Vocabulary Chase: Select three sections of the newspaper to search for new vocabulary words. Go to each section and list at least 10 vocabulary words specific to that newspaper section. * Look at your three lists. Circle any word that could be used in another newspaper section. (Example: the word "batter" means one thing in the sports section and another in the lifestyle/cooking section.

Language Works: Find a newspaper story about a special individual. Read the story carefully. Show how the writer uses language to communicate a sense of the individual. What phrases does the writer use to attract your attention? What words or phrases describe the individual's physical characteristics? What words or phrases describe the individual's character? How does the writer end the article?

Getting To Know You: Find a feature story about an interesting person in your community, or someone you would like to meet. Write a letter to the person explaining that you would like to meet him/her. Include…. Something about yourself. Why you would like to meet the person. What you would like to talk about. Share your letter with a teacher or family member. These are just a few of the ways that you can use the newspaper for educational purposes.

Contact NIE Rep

Matthew Nelson - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin - Newspapers In Education 112 S. First Ave. • P.O. Box 1358 • Walla Walla, Washington 99362 Phone: (509) 525-3300 • Toll Free: (800) 423-5617