World Association of News Publishers

Some easy ways to help young people explore the news and understand why its important.

Some easy ways to help young people explore the news and understand why its important.

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Here are four kinds of ways -- with some resources to support your efforts -- local publishers can get started in helping teach children about how news works and why journalism is important. You'll also find ideas for teachers from the Learning Network of the New York Times, a 2013 winner of WAN-IFRA's World Young Reader Prize.

The key is to get started with local schools, from the bare minimum activity to advanced level efforts.

With thanks to G.B. TudeauWith thanks to G.B. Tudeau1. HELP THE SCHOOLS

Let young people find out how you do what you do.

MINIMUM > Offer at least one school a volunteer reporter or editor or photographer to visit a class and explain how they make the news. You can download our free A Journalist's guide to meeting the class, which will help your staffers face students with confidence. (Cover art thanks to G.B. Tudeau)

ADVANCED > Send more interested staff members to other schools, and give them the time to do so. Also, go yourself.



Encouraging experiments in using the news in class.

MINIMUM > Alert area teachers to check out the New York Times' "50 Ways to Teach With Current Events" which offers activities that will work with any full service newspaper. If you are doing NIE (News in Education) yourself, remind your audience!

INTERMEDIATE > Give [EASY] free access for 24 hours to your digital edition.



Invite parents talk with their children about the news.

MINIMUM > Point them to our free guide that will help them get started: Parents, Children & the News - 15 ways to start the conversation.

INTERMEDIATE > Give [EASY] highly publicized free access for 24 hours to your digital edition.

ADVANCED > Offer a free workshop on how parents can talk with their offspring about the news, starting with our guide.




Invite your young readers to do something with the news.

MINIMUM > Challenge your young readers to read a news story to someone who, for some reason, cannot do so themselves and then to have a conversation about it. Write and tell you about how it went..

INTERMEDIATE > Ask the primary and secondary students in your area, to show you the hidden, under-represented world out there -- something around us, on our street, in our community or city that kids often see, meet or feel but adults don't notice and  are not fully aware of. It can be fun, it can be serious -- it just has to have an impact that others should know about. Ask the young to take pictures of places, people or situations, or write down the real-life testimonies.

ADVANCED > Invite some young people to join the editorial meeting at which you decide what will be the top news and talk about today's and tomorrow's coverage. It can be the result of a simple contest, inviting a class, etc. [Also check out the WAN-IFRA World Teenage News Takeover. We suggest you do it in November, but there's nothing to stop you from trying it anytime ]

MEANWHILE > Give [EASY] highly publicized free access for 24 hours to your digital edition.



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Aralynn McMane


2015-12-09 15:02

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The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) helps newspapers, parents and teachers work together to engage the young to create a literate, civic-minded new generation of readers all over the world. Read more ...