Commemorate special events/dates:

Publish reports and/or features on holidays and commemorate other special events/dates, such as the following:

  • September 8, International Literacy Day
  • September 17, Constitution Day
  • March 1, Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day
  • NIE Week, the first week in March


Reach out to parents:

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction collaborated with NC Newspapers in Education to produce four-page sections targeting parents.  Back copies of Making the Grade are available online.http://www.ncpublicschools.org/parents/resources/makingthegrade/


Receive updates about Newspapers in Education and news literacy initiatives:

American Press Institute maintains a forum. To join the forum’s listserv, send an email along with job title, newspaper and full contact information to Kevin Loker. Use the subject line “Join Forum.”

The New York Newspapers in Education program offers a monthly e-newsletter, “NYNPA niE-News.” Sign up to receive the free newsletter and feel free to forward the newsletter to anyone interested in news that supports newspapers and education. To sign up for the newsletter, contact Mary Miller at mmiller@nynpa.com.


Learn about innovative approaches for distributing news to young readers:

Review American Press Institute’s “Good Questions” series:

In 2014, the American Press Institute published a “Good Questions” series on young readers and news literacy. The interviews focused on making news readily available and appealing to young readers through online sources and social media. Contact Kevin Loker at American Press Institute for more details and visit resource pages on “youth news literacy” at www.americanpressinstitute.org.

1) API interviewed Katherine Schulten and Michael Gonchar, the editors at the New York Times award-winning educational program, The Learning Network. Originally, in 1998, The Learning Network was the Times’ platform to provide teachers with lessons plans based on Times’ content. In 2009, however, the site was transformed into a blog. To learn more, visit the New York Times’ blog directory.

Here’s the Q + A piece: How the New York Times reaches modern classrooms 

2) API interviewed Jennifer Coogan, Chief Content Officer of Newsela, a less-than-a-year-old educational technology startup that uses news stories to teach reading comprehension to youth. Staffers at Newsela rewrite stories obtained from licensing agreements with McClatchy-Tribune and the Associated Press.

Here’s the Q + A piece: Breaking down barriers to reading news: 7 good questions with Newsela’s Jennifer Coogan

3) API interviewed Danah Boyd, author of It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens and a well-known and well-Twitter-followed scholar on topics of both youth and social media. API describes Boyd’s writing as probing ‘why’ youth join and use platforms, such as Snapchat, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Here’s the Q + A piece: Planning for tomorrow’s 20-somethings: 6 good questions with youth researcher Danah Boyd

4) API interviewed Daniel Kahneman, a cognitive psychologist and winner of the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow.

Here’s the Q + A piece: How to lean against your biases

5) API interviewed CJ Kettler, CEO of Channel One News, the long-running short-form broadcast news show that airs in schools.

Here’s the Q + A piece: How Channel One News’ distribution has evolved to match youth and teacher behaviors


Learn about other models for delivering news:

1) Marc Jacobsen established Tween Tribune, www.tweentribune.com, in 2008. Tween Tribune organizes stories obtained through licensing agreements into topics and invites young readers who are registered to comment or blog about what they read.

2) CNN also produces “student news,” a ten-minute, daily news report, available at no cost to middle and high school students. http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/22/studentnews/sn-what-is-student-news/

3) The Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill archived editions of the Mini Page created by Betty Debnam: http://www2.lib.unc.edu/dc/minipage/