Research shows that students using the newspaper as an educational resource score more highly on standardized tests, develop the habit of lifelong reading and are more likely to become engaged citizens and regular voters.

All Together NowThis report by the Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge recommends that school districts and educators “engage students in following the news and deliberating about issues, assign students to read and discuss news in class and with their parents or other adults, and use assessment systems that reward students’ discussion and investigation of current events and issues.”
Schoolhouse NewsThis research presents a case study of an intensive, newspaper-based reading program that increased reading comprehension quickly and dramatically.
Civic EngagementThis report found that the use of newspapers in the classroom, the use of newspapers for homework assignments and access to a teen section or teen-focused content in newspapers encourages young people to be more civically engaged as teens and to vote, volunteer and otherwise remain civically engaged as much as 15 years later.
Measuring SuccessThis researchfound that low-income, minority and non-native English-speaking students benefit significantly from NIE programs in their schools.
High School Journalism MattersThis report provided evidence that student journalists earned better high school grades, performed at higher levels on college entrance exams and received higher grades in college writing and grammar courses than students who lacked that experience.
Growing Lifelong ReadersThis research found that the use of newspapers as an educational resource leads to higher levels of interest in news and politics and higher levels of adult newspaper readership.
Benefits of Using Newspapers in the ClassroomThis paper gives an overview of the advantages of using mass media in the classroom.