What is NIE?
Newspapers in Education (NIE) is an international program begun in 1955 to advance the use of newspapers in schools. The main purpose of the program is to improve reading, spelling and writing abilities. The Lake City Reporter has had an NIE Program for more than 20 years. The newspaper is delivered to nearly 2,000 students each year throughout the school district. During the school year we will provide over 200,000 newspapers directly into students hands.
"There is substantial evidence that using newspapers in schools contributes to students’ reading skills, writing skills, and current event knowledge. The effects are most dramatic among minorities." (Edward F. DeRoche, Dean, School of Education, University of San Diego) Literacy experts believe that adults with low level literacy skills lack a sufficient foundation of basic skills to function successfully in our society. By providing schools with newspapers, sponsors can help prevent illiteracy at time when young people have a support system of educators in place. Newspapers open the world to them and give them a chance to succeed.