The Daily News Newspapers in Education program encompasses four components that work to complement literacy at all levels. The program includes: classroom print newspapers, classroom access to the electronic edition, classroom tours of the newspaper building and a youth writing program that showcases student-written articles and photography once a month in a special section that appears in Fresh Ink called Young Journalists of the Lower Columbia Region.
Both Daily News print editions and the electronic edition provide students with a living textbook that never becomes outdated. Reading the newspaper connects students to what is happening in our community, state, nation and world. Reading about a rival prep-sports team, seeing an anniversary announcement for a grandparent, or catching a front page headline that marks a revolution in the Middle East; all of these things make lasting connections with students. When connections are made, learning thrives.
This generation of students has never been more computer savvy. Surfing the web on a laptop, desktop, Smart Phone, i-Pods, etc. is second nature. That is one reason why The Daily News offers a version of the newspaper that is available anytime and anywhere there is an internet connection. The Daily News Electronic-Edition is an exact replica of the print version with a few additional features students can take advantage of. Articles can be saved, emailed and printed. Students can search the entire paper for key words and can even search the entire newspapers’ content for the last 30 days.
Planning a field trip to the newspaper can be a thrilling adventure. When classrooms visit The Daily News, they get face time with a variety of our staff members and in most cases get to meet the Publisher. An explanation of how a newspaper works can be enlightening. Students and adults alike are often surprised at what goes into putting out a daily product. Tours include visiting each department, meeting key staff members, touring the press and the mail room.
The goal of the Young Journalists of the Lower Columbia Region is to offer opportunities for student-written articles to appear in The Daily News and empower students to learn more about the newspaper business. On the last Monday of each month, a special “Fresh Ink” features articles by local students and photographs. Any school or educational program is welcome to participate. Journalistic writing is a great way to teach literacy, underscore the importance of education when thinking about future careers, and become engaged in covering the news around them!