News Daily begins third year of NIE

By Trina Trice

For the third year the News Daily is promoting reading through its Newspaper in Education/Literacy program in Clayton County Schools.

The newspaper donates 5,000 to 7,000 newspapers to each school every Tuesday. The lower grades are able to use the Kid Scoop page, a full-page color interactive page, while the upper grades are able to use the paper itself in grammar, history and math classes.

The News Daily is also supporting journalism classes in each of the high schools.

"The Newspaper in Education program has opened doors for me as well as opening my eyes to the world of print journalism," said Ashlee Mooneyham, a senior journalism student at Mt. Zion High School. "This class has helped me take my skills and my passions and turn them into something productive and meaningful."

Her teacher, Dr. Jim Lester, serves as sponsor of the Bulldog Bark, the school's newspaper.

"The Newspaper in Education program allows student journalists the chance to receive the hands-on experience with the creation of a printed product," Lester said. "The NIE program is a springboard to a career in professional writing, whether it is in newspapers, magazine or web publishing."

The NIE program benefits both the newspaper and the schools that receive it, according to Naomi Jackson, circulation manager for the News Daily.

"Obviously, promoting literacy is important to us as a newspaper," Jackson said. "We want to get newspapers in the hands of every child we can reach. We're getting them away from video games and the television and getting them back to reading and that's important to their education."