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Newspaper in Education Week – March 3-7, 2025

Newspapers in Education Week is celebrated every year during the first full week of March and this year it will be marked from March 3 to 7. Newspapers in Education (NiE) is a ‘Young Reader Development’ initiative that involves the use of newspapers in schools for purposes of improving literacy and developing a reading culture amongst children. During this week, several different events are held in schools by educators to use newspapers in classrooms. Numerous newspapers participate in this program by providing newspapers and other resources to local schools and helping organize events and activities for the same.

History of Newspaper in Education Week

A newspaper is a regular periodical that provides news, views, features, and other information of public interest, as well as advertisements, on a daily, weekly, or regular basis. The first forms of the contemporary newspaper were the ‘Acta Diurna’ (“daily acts”) of ancient Rome, which published notices of political and social happenings, and manuscript newsletters circulated by various foreign companies in the late Middle Ages. The Daily Courant was the first English daily to be published years later.

Historically, the parliament did not explicitly grant the media the privilege to cover its proceedings until 1771. Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick (Boston, September 1690), the first newspaper in the U.S., was suppressed by the colonial government after only one issue. It was the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that secured the state of a free press in the country. Initially, circulation in the low thousands was typical for newspapers. This, however, saw a steady increase after that. Increased literacy, as well as technological advancements in mechanical typesetting, high-speed printing, communications, and transportation, enabled higher circulation.

In the early 21st Century, the world’s leading newspapers began offering online editions of their publications. Although some newspaper publishers charged readers for access to their web versions, many made them available for free in the hopes that advertising revenue, combined with cheaper printing and distribution expenses, would cover the loss of subscription rates. Newspapers, as we know them today, are abundant sources of information that bring us news from all over the world and across a wide array of topics and industries. Whether you read a physical copy or a digital website, newspapers are still a vital part of our lives. Newspapers in Education Week emphasizes this power of the newspaper and aims to instill a habit of reading into children while they are young. Through different activities and events, this week educates children on the many benefits of newspapers.

Newspaper in Education Week timeline

17th Century
The Newspapers Arrive

Rudimentary newspapers are circulated in European countries.

The Times Newspaper

John Walter starts the popular newspaper called “The Times.”

The First Amendment

The First Amendment grants press freedom.

The Associated Press

New York publishers organize the Associated Press.

Newspaper in Education Week FAQs

Did Americans invent the newspaper?

No, the earliest form of the newspaper was first seen in European countries.

Who was James Franklin?

Benjamin Franklin’s brother, James Franklin, started the newspaper, “The Boston Gazette.”

When was NiE Week started?

In 1982, The Wisconsin Newspaper in Education Week published and promoted one of the earliest classroom curricula for National Newspapers in Education Week.

How to Observe Newspaper in Education Week

  1. Learn about NiE Week

    There are consolidated materials and resources available online, such as “The Associated Press.” Their purpose is to educate educators and others on the benefits of Newspapers in Education Week and how to observe it.

  2. Organize NiE activities

    Help organize fun and innovative activities in your local schools for Newspapers in Education Week. You could have the students write their newspaper columns, act as journalists, conduct interviews, etc.

  3. Bring back newspapers

    It’s possible that in the hustle and bustle of life, especially with the rapid digitization of the world, we might have lost touch with newspapers ourselves. Take this week to develop a habit of reading again — whichever method works best for you.

5 Important Facts About Newspapers

  1. They aren’t as popular anymore

    Only 13% of all Americans read newspapers to get the news.

  2. You can’t guess what’s most important

    The weather is considered the most useful news, according to a survey.

  3. Social media is taking over

    One-third of Americans rely on social media channels for news.

  4. It can be high paying

    The highest-paid American news anchor makes $40 million a year!

  5. The ads are trusted

    Consumers find newspaper ads to be more trustworthy than some other channels.

Why Newspaper in Education Week is Important

  1. It starts them young

    Reading and checking up on news and current events is a great habit to have and this week helps inculcate that into children at a young age. Staying up to date broadens a person’s horizons and has many additional benefits.

  2. Makes learning fun

    School learning can often feel monotonous and a week full of educational yet innovative events like this makes learning fun. Weeks like this engage students and keep them active in the curriculum while trying new things.

  3. It’s good for you

    Newspaper reading strengthens reading and writing skills and helps improve vocabulary as well. It can even help make the students more confident and aware speakers.

Newspaper in Education Week dates

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