THE idea of using newspapers in education is not a new one; in fact, recorded references go back as far as the 1890s.
NIE as we know it began at The New York Times in the 1930s when teachers in the New York City schools asked the newspaper to deliver bundles to schools for current events activities.
Over the decades, the NIE concept spread among newspapers across the world. In the late 1970s, the concept even spread to prisons, adult literacy centres and hospital-based learning programs — far beyond the traditional classroom setting.
Fairfax Media's NIE program is fostering excellence in our young people. The program brings an exchange of ideas to the classroom, encourages literacy and helps inquiring students become thinkers and doers.
Using newspapers in the classroom is just one way we lay the foundation for informed, responsible citizens. The success of our program is credited to the teachers, librarians, principals who use newspapers as a teaching tool and to the local businesses who make it all possible.
Thanks to them we're leaving our cities and towns a legacy of confident readers, writers, critical thinkers and leaders.
Our philosophy is simple: We believe that using the newspaper as a tool to educate our students inspires learning and contributes to their success. Newspapers are springboards to knowledge for everyone.