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Newspapers in Education is a program of the Idaho Press-Tribune designed to assist today's educators in their mission to form tomorrows lifelong learners. NIE is a cooperative effort of the Idaho Press-Tribune, working with local schools, to use the newspaper as an educational tool.

NIE is dedicated to promoting literacy, increasing societal awareness and raising the level of media message comprehension among students of all ages. Newspapers bring present-day excitement to language arts, math, science, civics, social studies, geography, history and other subjects. Research shows that students who use newspapers as a learning resource have a better awareness of the world. Their achievement scores and reading skills increase.

Want to know more? Contact:

Shelley Thayer • NIE Coordinator • Office: (208) 465-8185



Are you looking for a way for your school, club, or organization to raise money? Sell Idaho Press-Tribune subscriptions and get $10 for each start. Please contact Chris Hellwig at or (208) 475-2324.

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What your classroom will receive free of cost:

  • Resource list of 120 different curriculum materials available.
  • Student tours of the Idaho Press-Tribune newspaper.
  • Field trips to and speakers from 80 plus business sponsors.
  • 90-minute teacher training programs for schools and districts.
  • Scholarship program for teachers to attend regional NIE conference.
  • SchooLink automated information system for school districts.



Sign up now to receive your classroom set of newspapers and optional curriculum materials and resource updates. Entire program is FREE from the Idaho Press-Tribune and a local business sponsor.

To receive your papers, fill out the following form proper affidavit (see links) and send to:

Idaho Press-Tribune NIE Program

c/o Shelley Thayer • PO Box 9399, Nampa, ID 83652

Or submit by email to:


"Without a doubt, using the newspapers with my students has improved not only their literacy success but also their confidence and reading fluency." - Snake River Elementary

"The resources that the Idaho Press-Tribune provides to participating Newspapers In Education classrooms at no charge - are useful across the curriculum, at home or in school, with high technology or no technology. I find them to be of high quality and full of activities holding great appeal for students." - Parma High School

"What a great resource your paper is! My kids did much better on their ISATs this year because of the work we do with the Idaho Press-Tribune" - Lewis & Clark Middle School

"I use many of your suggested lesson plans that go with the newspaper. They fit in our curriculum easily and cover every subject or lesson I come up with. They also help make sure that my curriculum covers academic standards for the middle school curriculum." - Vallivue Middle School

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Call the Idaho Press-Tribune at 208.467.9252 to put a stop on your newspaper subscription while you are out of town.

Ask to donate those newspapers to the NIE program OR visit our website and stop your subscription there (link to vacation stop form). You can click on the box that shows you want to donate your newspapers.

It's as simple as that!

With one simple decision you have contributed to the local schools and allowed one more student to have the opportunity to learn math, English, government, etc. using the newspaper!

You can help put a smile on a child's face when they find out they don't have to read out of a textbook, but instead use the newspaper to do that day's assignment!

The Idaho Press-Tribune, on behalf of the surrounding local schools, would like to thank you for your time, consideration, and generosity. Thank you!


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Give your students the opportunity to take a field trip that might change their lives. The Idaho Press-Tribune welcomes students to take a look inside

Are your students aware of the different careers a newspaper may offer? When most students think of a newspaper, they probably think of journalists, editors, etc. The Idaho Press-Tribune hosts tours for hundreds of students and teachers throughout Canyon, Owyhee and Gem Counties. The tour will provide students with information and insight into the role of each department at the Idaho Press-Tribune and how every department works together to produce the newspaper every day. The importance of computerized technology, data systems and rapid methods of information gathering will also be highlighted. Most important, different career options at a newspaper will be exposed.

To reserve your date and time for an interesting and educational field trip, please contact:

Shelley Thayer • NIE Coordinator •  (208) 465-8185

F: (208)467-9562 •

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