Newspapers in Education

Newspaper in Education (NIE) is a national program designed to advance the use of newspapers in schools. The main purpose of the program is to improve reading, spelling and writing abilities as well as critical thinking skills. NIE programs help teachers at all levels use newspapers to meet their curriculum objectives in the classroom.

Newspapers Canada is pleased to provide a number of NIE resources to help newspapers, teachers and students. Click on the links below to begin planning your NIE program. 

If you have any questions regarding Newspapers Canada's NIE resources please email

Just Think: Teaching Critical Thinking with Newspapers

Developing critical thinking skills is an increasingly important part of the curriculum in elementary and secondary schools. Using newspapers in the classroom can provide an opportunity for students to practice these new skills as they examine daily coverage of national and local issues.

Newspapers Canada has released a curriculum guide for teachers intended to offer suggestions for activities using newspaper content in the classroom. The comprehensive document titled Just Think: Teaching Critical Thinking with Newspapers includes lesson plans, marking rubrics and other educational resources.

Originally developed by the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, the guide has been adapted by Newspapers Canada for use in Canada.

Click here to view guide »

Curriculum Overviews

Newspapers Canada has compiled curriculum overviews for each Canadian province. This research highlight areas in which newspapers can be used in the classroom to achieve specific grade appropriate learning outcomes from Grade 4 to  Grade 12 in relevant subjects such as English, Social Studies, Communication Studies, Law and so on. Each PDF also provides links to associated education websites and curriculum documents.

All provinces (XLS) »

Additional resources



Local Newspapers in Education programs

Contact your local daily or community newspaper to learn more about individual NIE programs across Canada.