Newspapers in Education (NIE)-Free Newspapers and Lesson Plans for Classroom Teachers
What Is It?
Newspapers in Education (NIE) is a program that supplies classrooms with free physical and/or digital copies of newspapers. This is an invaluable service for classroom teachers and schools.
This year, I have a physical subscription to my local newspaper delivered to my classroom every Monday.
I also have two digital subscriptions to national newspapers-Seattle Times and the New York Times. The digital subscriptions are way more than what the newspapers' websites offer. The papers are actual digitized copies with stellar navigation abilities. The Seattle Times will even read the articles to you if you ask it nicely ;) This is great for the Special Education students.
On top of the newspapers themselves, I also get free lesson plans emailed to me every day, which often include ready made worksheets.
Do not hesitate to get this free resource for your classroom and/or school.
Teachers like free, administration loves free, and districts love free!
Why Get It?
Media literacy is a hot topic in education.
Usually, when we think media literacy, we vision a digital dance of computers, internet, and apps for mobile devices.
Newspapers and Magazines are also important to learn to navigate and appreciate. Of course, this does not just include the hard copy versions, as the decline of print newspaper has forced news companies to expand to digital and electronic editions/subscriptions.
You do not have to be an English or Social Studies teacher to use newspapers effectively in your classroom. Newspapers are full of real life data for math classes and articles on the latest advances in science topics. P.E. and health teachers find latest health and sports news at their fingertips.
Most news sources that provide this service also provide ready made lesson plans, worksheets, list of additional relevant resources, and much more on their online homepages.
Perhaps the most convincing reason to sign up for NIE is because its FREE! With no money available for extras, we need fresh curriculum sources that will not require any premium educational resource monies.
Where to Get It!
The NIE website provides additional general details about the program, but you cannot get or apply for your paper subscriptions from them.
Often, local newspapers make hard copies available for classroom use.
Additionally, regional and national newspapers often make digital edition/subscription programs available nationwide. My favorite resources being the New York Times andSeattle Times digital editions.
This is an exciting result of the shift toward digital subscriptions!
Do you use Newspapers in Education in your classroom?
- NAA Foundation - NIE Programs List
- NIEonline.com: Newspapers In Education
- Newspapers.com | Search over 10,000 Newspapers Online!
Find Local Newspapers, International Newspapers and US Newspapers Online.
- Newspapers In Education - The Seattle Times
Visual Tour- Seattle Times
Free Curriculum Links
- Curriculum Guides - Newspaper in Education - Bucks County Courier Times
- USA Weekend Edition-Curriculum
- Education World : Lesson Planning: We\'ve Got News for You! (News Activities, That Is!)
- The Washington Post: Newspaper In Education-Kid Post Page and Guides
- Newspapers In Education (NIE)-Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)-Curriculum
- Newspaper in Education - Curriculum Guides-Daily Hampshire Gazette
- Instructional Resources for Teachers by the The Gazette-Useful for All Papers
- Iowa Newspaper Association-Free Curriculum Guides
- Themed Seattle Times Curriculum Guides
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