in Education - or NIE for short - has been a key feature of the Mercury
since the early 1980s, providing news and information to young readers
In November 1995, NIE extended its service by establishing its own website. With the development of the Global Classroom, NIE is seen as a world-class leader in online development and delivery.
NIE is cooperative effort between a newspaper and its local schools, using the newspaper as a tool in the classroom. Under the NIE program, schools are provided with copies of the daily newspaper, usually at half price, for use in their classrooms or library.
NIE also offers a variety of curriculum materials and programs to help schools use the newspaper as a meaningful resource for student learning.
Each NIE program differs according to the needs of the local community. Newspapers are used as learning tools in all key learning areas and can be used at any age level, from infants to tertiary. These programs may also be included in adult education in areas such as adult literacy.
Research shows that students who take part in the NIE classroom program develop a more positive attitude towards the role of the media. Students have less trouble reading newspapers, leading towards more enjoyment gained from the daily reading of a newspaper. They are also more likely to develop interest in hard news and become involved in public affairs.
in Education started in the United States in the late 1950s. American
newspaper publishers felt there would be a need to address future readers,
anticipating the effect that the introduction of television would have
on newspapers readership.
By the early 1970s NIE programs had started to spread throughout the US and around the world. Programs largely based on the American experience, started in newspapers, both metropolitan and provincial, in Australia and New Zealand in the 1970s.
Newspapers operating NIE programs have had three broad aims:
Schools throughout Tasmania now participate in the Mercury's special programs for schools, which include:
Class sets of Newspapers
Classroom Resource Kits