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Student Newspaper Readership Program


Best Practices for Faculty

    New York Times Knowledge Network
    USA Today Collegiate Program

    Suggestions for Use in the Classroom
        - Mark Sanders, Joyner Library

  • Don’t overestimate students’ background.  Most students do not have the experience of regularly reading, comprehending, analyzing, or discussing current events and topics.
  • Teach them how to read a newspaper.  Take one class period to teach the parts of a newspaper, how to read them, and general concepts regarding a newspaper’s layout and content.
  • Give them something to talk about.  Have interactive class discussions, not just individually assigned writing assignments done outside of the classroom.  Reading and talking about the newspaper should be a collaborative experience.
  • Keep it real.  Teaching and learning with newspapers works best when it includes civic experiences and engagement, surprise and humor.  It should also seek to be modern and relevant, not stodgy.
  • Use your resources.  The New York Times and USA Today have a wealth of online and print resources for faculty using newspapers in the classroom.
  • Foster critical thinking about Who, What, When, Where, Why and How?  Teach students to not simply repeat objective facts but to analyze content, perspective, bias, selected and omitted issues.
  • Think Globally, Act Locally.  Encourage students to recycle or share their newspaper when finished reading it.