About NIE

What is Newspapers In Education (NIE)?

NIE is a cooperative effort between area schools, business partners, and The Akron Beacon Journal to promote the use of the newspaper as a tool for instruction. Under the program, local sponsors contribute funds to supply copies of the newspaper and additional resources to schools for use in their classrooms. NIE provides teacher-education programs and offers curriculum materials to help schools use the newspapers as meaningful resources for student learning. Newspapers can be used as a learning tool in every subject area and at every grade level. Our goal is to increase literacy and citizenship and help create more successful students in our communities.

When Did NIE Start?

The concept of using newspapers in schools has been around for centuries, but The New York Times set up the first normal NIE program in the 1930s. Since then, newspapers all over the world have started similar programs. Today, there are more than 700 NIE programs internationally, both in print and e-editions.

What parts of the newspaper can be used?

News stories, editorials, photos, advertisements, comics, headlines all can be used -- in short, the entire newspaper.

At what levels does NIE work?

NIE can be carried out at all levels of education, from kindergarden to adult literacy programs.