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BACKGROUND - Category: News in Education

BACKGROUND - Category: News in Education

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The News in Education category of the World Young Reader Prize honors projects that use the digital or print edition of newspapers in the class as an additional resource (NIE) and those that give children and teenagers an unforgettable experience in doing real journalism.

Here are some details about recent winners who promoted using news in class and also helping students do news themselves:



√ Rewarding students who learn modern reporting. #Juniorlab at Polska Press in Poland uses video to teaches techniques and tools for creating interactive relationship videos, multimedia infographics and photo editing. The best participants received prizes, and schools that have accumulated the most points can attend a special Junor Media Summer School.

√ A tablet news literacy class. Schleswig-Holsteinischer Zeitungsverlag (Germany) offers equipment and training in secondary schools to raise awareness among students of news on tablet devices.

√ A media literacy laboratory. Controlinveste (Portugal) set up media labs in two if its newspapers to teach visiting school classes all about news and how it is made.

√ Child-friendly, web-safe community journalism site for kids. The Denver News Agency (USA) created “The Hub” site for 8- to 13- year-olds that is supported by training for youth reporters.

√ Students using paper’s design. Ekstra Bladet (Denmark) offered students the chance create a newspaper using the paper’s design and a special platform and get 1000 copies of it for free.

√ Shadow news team. Oppland Arbeiderblad (Norway) worked with students at Gjøvik upper secondary who make own version of the newspaper built on the same new sources as the "mother" newspaper at one particular day, with the result assessed by news staff and distributed in print to all secondary students in the area and via e-paper to the general public.

√ Building my own paper. Play Bac Presse (France) produces three daily newspapers for children runs three-hour workshops for children as young as 7-years-old to create a newspaper.

On all platforms. La Repubblica (Italy) provided contact with professionals and an online platform for students to be reporters or reviewers and to consult with other students across the country. Best content, chosen by the newspaper's journalists, were published every two weeks on the homepage of the newspaper website.



Passport to the world. The West Australian (Australia, 380 000 daily) created a “passport pack” for teachers to use travel section and foreign news stories for 10 weeks to explore the world during social studies, math, language and other kinds of classes. A Passport Pack included 30 workbooks, online activity sheets and curriculum web links to go with newspapers used in class.

A community effort to improve reading – In the wake of a continued decline in PISA reading scores among youth, Hamberger Abendblatt (Germany, 240 000 daily) led a highly successful campaign for community support to get newspapers into classrooms as a proven resource for improving reading and other academic achievement.

Adult-rated NIE – The Rheinische Post (Germany, 404 744 daily) helped local companies that that wanted their young trainees (ages 16 to 25) to improve reading comprehension and enhance current affairs knowledge. The project included daily delivery of the newspaper and regular test questions on news coverage to monitor the trainees' knowledge and understanding.

Measuring the impact – Gazeta do Povo (Brazil, 60 000 daily) did thorough research to track the reading scores over time of students who used newspapers in class and those who didn't. Those using newspapers did significantly better, as they have in every country where this has been tested..

Revamping English – Straits Times (Singapore - 350 000 daily) turned the newspaper from part of its very traditional newspapers for English programme, into a fresh, new, must-have English learning tool for learners across all secondary school levels through revamping all the resource materials and its approach to young teachers.

Sports and newspaper learning – The Sun Sentinel (USA, 183,000 daily) offered a five-week, football-themed literacy program that encouraged students to read at home and school and earn prizes for "reading touchdowns." A local food store supported the effort.




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Aralynn McMane


2015-02-02 17:20

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