ERIC Number: ED344805
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
History of the Newspaper in Education Program.
Cowan, Marlene Stone
The idea of using newspapers in education is not a new one; in fact, recorded references go back as far as the 1890s. During the first half of the 20th century educators and newspaper people increased the awareness of how current materials could maintain an important place in the school curriculum. Influential publications during this period included Reginald S. Kimball's book, "Current Events Instruction" (1929); "The Newspaper in the Classroom" (1939) by Luvella K. and Alfred Reschke; and reports by the National Education Association (NEA) and the New York Times. By the mid-1950s educators and newspaper personnel sensed the need for a systematic study of how the newspapers were being utilized in the classrooms. C. Ken Jefferson and the International Circulation Managers, among others, took on this responsibility, which resulted in a set of inservice education workshops for teachers entitled, "The Newspaper in the Classrooms of a Free Society." During the 1960s and 1970s, the workshop program expanded steadily and in 1961 its administration was assumed by the American Newspaper Publishers Association (ANPA), which continued to promote newspaper education by sponsoring conferences, workshops, and evaluation materials. One of ANPA's projects, a three-year survey, begun in 1977 and called the "Newspaper Readership Project," marked the first combined effort on a national and local level to work with researchers to learn What is needed to create effective newspapers that could both satisfy readers in the 20th century and prepare for the 21st century. This paper includes 105 footnotes. An essay describing the history of the Maryland newspaper in education program, also by Marlene Stone Cowan, is attached). (KM)
Descriptors: Current Events, Curriculum Development, Educational History, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Integrated Activities, Newspapers, Political Science, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, World Affairs
ANPA Foundation, P.O. Box 17407, Dulles International Airport, Washington, DC 20041 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation, Washington, DC.