Tools promote newspapers to young readers


As schools prepare for Newspaper in Education Week in March, Indiana NIE will offer a new opportunity this year – a free webinar that shares models of creative opportunities for using newspapers in the classroom.

The training will highlight both digital and print editions.

Kriss Johnson, Newspaper in Education/e-edition supervisor for the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, will present two sessions Feb. 28.

The first at 3:45 p.m. will cover material appropriate for teachers of Grades 3 through 5.

The second at 4:45 p.m. will target middle-school teachers.

Registration information will be sent to schools.

“In the past Indiana NIE created tabloids filled with activities for use in the classroom,” said Karen T. Braeckel, director of the HSPA Foundation. “Now as young people spend more time on computers, we need to change our focus to include e-editions.

“Kriss is a nationally recognized authority in NIE and recently became responsible for marketing Lexington’s e-edition.”

Teachers can earn a half-point of credit toward their Professional Growth Plan as an added incentive to participate, Braeckel said.

The webinar will remain available on the HSPA Foundation’s website after the original airing.

Newspapers may encourage teachers in their readership areas to participate. Registration information will follow soon.

The HSPA Foundation, Indiana State Reading Association, the Indiana Newspaper in Education Foundation and the Indiana Department of Education sponsor this year’s program.

Newspaper promotional video available

The Indiana Newspaper in Education Foundation funded the creation of a video to encourage teens to read the newspaper – online as most do.

It offers a teen-friendly look at why students need information from their local paper.

Visit the HSPA Foundation website to view it:

Newspapers that want to post the video on their websites should contact Milissa Tuley at

The NIE Foundation suggests including your newspaper’s website with information about the video.

Newspaper in Education Week materials

Free lesson plans from the News­paper Association of America Foundation that incor­porate newspapers in the classroom are available to download at

Papers are encouraged to alert teachers in their areas about the free materials and post a link on their websites.

The lesson plans, dubbed Give Them the Keys, is a curriculum first introduced in 2002 that has been updated to include standardized lesson plans which include common core standards, technology standards, leveled activities and assessments.

The lessons are organized by units, so teachers can pick and choose what works in conjunction with their curriculum and students.

Each unit includes several lessons that can be taught consecutively or used independently.

Each lesson is designed to include instructional objectives, applicable standards, a list of materials, an anticipatory set, instructional procedures, a formative assessment for each lesson within a unit and other resources associated with that particular lesson, if applicable.