Newspaper in Education consists of ...
The Mini Page: Runs every Monday and is designed especially for young Gazette readers.
Student News Pages: Writers across the county that report every Friday on news and events in their schools.
Teen Speak: A regular feature in the Gazette every Tuesday, designed to encourage young readers to engage in an ongoing series of articles.
Summer Experience: Guides young readers through a series of fun reading activities throughout the month of July and ends with a T-shirt giveaway to all who complete the program.
IUP Journalism Workshop: An all-day workshop conducted annual by the Gazette and the IUP Journalism Department for aspiring journalism students.
Student writer luncheon: An annual event hosted to honor student writers who work for their high school newspapers as well as contribute to the Gazette's School News pages.
Each year, The Indiana Gazette celebrates the accomplishments of area students with its publication of the Newspaper in Education Student Supplement, highlighting the talents of students from kindergarten through grade 12 in a variety of contests.
All of the work within the supplements is created by students within our readership area. Kindergartens and first- and second-graders are asked to complete the last frame of a comic strip that has been developed by one of our Gazette artists. At the third-grade level, students are asked to write a short essay paragraph on a topic that changes yearly.
Fourth- through sixth-grade students design ads that are sponsored by local businesses. At the high school level, students have the opportunity to showcase their writing abilities through opinion and feature writing contests.
Students can also compete in a photography contest that includes the best feature, sports and news photographs as well as a cover design contest.
The goal of The Indiana Gazette’s NIE program is to reinforce a positive and lifetime reading habit in students by engaging them in a life skill that will benefit them into adulthood. It also provides them with an opportunity to have their work published, something few school-age students can pride themselves on.
Through the Years ...
... the NIE program has allowed opportunities for teachers to advance their skills through workshops and seminars provided by Gazette employees.
Each fall, several staffers in the Gazette’s newsroom team up with professors from Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s journalism department to lead workshops for students working on their high school newspaper staff. The subjects of these seminars include news writing, interviewing techniques, editorial writing, layout and design and photography.
To help encourage reading throughout the summer, the Gazette features the Summer Experience for students of all grade levels, which involves activities that can be completed using the newspaper during the month of July.
Throughout the school year, high school students have a chance to participate in our School News program, which affords them the opportunity to write about the goings on in their schools. Their stories are printed each Friday during the school year.
Celebrating Student Success
Each spring, student reporters who have contributed to our School News section of the newspaper are honored at our Student Reporter Luncheon.
Gazette staffers, like Sam Kusic (left), speak at the luncheon each year on key topics of journalistic practices and principles.
Most recently, Eric Ebeling (below), executive editor of the Gazette, talked to students about credibility in the newspaper business, the importance of fact-checking and accuracy at a presentation at the Rustic Lodge in May.
This year's annual NIE Student Supplement will be on newsstands on Thursday, March 30.