What is NIE?
Newspaper in Education (NIE) - an international program linking schools, businesses and newspapers - helps students meet the challenges of the future. Through NIE, teachers use the newspaper to enhance lessons. The Journal Star NIE program provides lesson plans; curriculum guides and student workbooks to help teachers successfully use the newspaper in their classroom.

NIE at the Journal Star
The Journal Star is committed to the future of central Illinois. Newspaper in Education is part of that commitment. NIE is an established program with over fifty years service to central Illinois students and their teachers. The first NIE administrator was Sallie Whelan, who began the program in the early 1960's. After developing a core curriculum, teacher guides, and supplementary materials, she saw the program grow tremendously over two decades.

Newspaper in Education Provides:

  • Classroom subscriptions for approximately 250 teachers right here in Central Illinois. Journal Star underwrites the program, and newspapers are offered to schools at 22¢ a copy.
  • Corporate and individual sponsors help schools pay the remaining subscription cost.
  • Up-to-date, newspaper-based curriculum material for all subjects and grade levels. Teacher guides, student workbooks, and other curriculum are always offered at no charge.
  • The Journal Star Central Illinois annual Spelling Bee. We have sponsored the Scripps Spelling Bee here in Central Illinois for over 50 years. Our Central Illinois champion won an all expenses paid trip to Washington DC, to compete in the National Scripps Spelling Bee.