28 March 2007
Readership & Circulation:
Ground-breaking Newspapers in Education Guides Available from WAN

"Reading & Learning," a ground-breaking series of Newspapers in Education (NIE) guides that target diversity as a core element of NIE, has just been published by the World Association of Newspapers.

The three-part series, which includes guides for newspaper executives, NIE coordinators and teachers, was unveiled today at the 7th World Young Reader Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C. (http://www.wan-press.org/washington). The guides, in English or Spanish, are available by request to nie@wan.asso.fr.

"A Newspapers in Education programme won't work if it means simply leaving a package of newspapers at the school door," said Aralynn McMane, Director of Young Readership Development at the Paris-based WAN. "A good programme requires more than that. It is rare, indeed, that all three key stakeholders -- publishers, NIE coordinators and teachers -- receive a resource to guide each of them through the specific tasks they must undertake to assure that the newspaper is effectively used in the classroom."

"Reading & Learning" was co-authored by NIE experts Sandra Della Giustina of Argentina and Germania Luperon of the Dominican Republic. Miguel Pereira of Mindset, Spain, and formerly marketing manager of El PaĆ­s, edited the newspaper executives guide.

"Using newspapers, teachers can teach young people early about human rights, diversity, the democratic process and critical thinking, even about the newspapers they are reading, as well as the more basic skills of language, math, history and geography, " says Ms Giustina.

Newspapers in Education programmes call for schools to use newspaper contents as teaching aids in their classroom. In emerging democracies, newspapers are often the only resource a teacher has available.

Studies in both emerging and developed democracies indicate that children who use newspapers in the classroom show improvements on a myriad of important factors: strengthened pro-democratic values, greater tolerance of diversity, greater interest and involvement in political activities.

"Thanks to recent research, we know that investing in quality NIE programmes will improve student performance, encourage better citizenship and nurture adult readers of newspapers," says Dr McMane.

The project is supported by Norske Skog, the Norway-based global newsprint producer, under the WAN Young Reader Development project.

WAN is also providing newspapers world-wide with an original serial, The Monkey King, for publication around International Literacy Day on 8 September 2007. The serialized story, provided through a partnership with Breakfast Serials Inc., will be published in 17 chapters accompanied by illustrations and a teaching guide. For more information, contact Dr McMane, at amcmane@wan.asso.fr.

The Paris-based WAN, the global organisation for the newspaper industry, represents 18,000 newspapers; its membership includes 76 national newspaper associations, newspaper companies and individual newspaper executives in 102 countries, 12 news agencies and 10 regional and world-wide press groups.

Inquiries to: Larry Kilman, Director of Communications, WAN, 7 rue Geoffroy St Hilaire, 75005 Paris France. Tel: +33 1 47 42 85 00. Fax: +33 1 47 42 49 48. Mobile: +33 6 10 28 97 36. E-mail: lkilman@wan.asso.fr.