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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
"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 País, 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
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
The project is supported by Norske Skog, the
Norway-based global newsprint producer, under the WAN Young Reader
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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.