The NIE mission
Newspapers In Education is a newspaper-industry initiative to increase literacy and encourage young readers by making newspapers and newspaper-based learning activities available to classroom teachers.
Newspapers are a rich source of information and relevant, real-world learning opportunities. The NIE program helps teachers make the most of these opportunities by providing timely and creative lesson plans and activities and by encouraging teachers to share their successes with their colleagues.
Initially developed in the 1930s by The New York Times, NIE has since spread to at least 700 newspapers, large and small, around the nation. In partnership with educators, newspapers participating in NIE develop features, curriculum guides and workshops to help teachers achieve their educational goals.
The Concord Monitor NIE program supports K-12 education by providing newspapers and newspaper-based curricula to classrooms in our delivery area. Newspapers and related materials are available on a first-come, first-served basis to teachers throughout central New Hampshire. teachers may request newspapers for each student in their classrooms for periods ranging from a single day to an entire school year.
Numerous studies completed at the beginning of 1990 showed that students who used the newspaper in the classroom on a weekly basis have higher reading, writing and critical thinking skills than students who did not use the newspaper.
In addition, a 1997 Japanese survey found that:
Feedback from area teachers reinforces these findings. Research currently being conducted throughout the U.S. also suggests the same results.
NIE depends on the support of sponsors who recognize the value of newspaper readership as a tool for encouraging literacy. The Concord Monitor NIE program is sponsored by numerous area businesses.