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Classroom newspapers-Sunday print
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Media In Education Mission Statement

The mission of Media In Education is to support literacy efforts and increased access to web-based learning. Services include school newspapers, teacher resources and funding for classroom technology.

Why participate?

Media In Education is committed to encouraging the daily practice of online reading, research and learning. Every day, The Arizona Republic and bring its readers a wealth of information and real-life stories that offer lessons on many levels - all in a format that enhances learning for readers of all ages. and The Arizona Republic print and electronic editions:

Promote student literacy
Serve as living textbooks
Provide real-life examples of how school subjects apply in today's world
Integrate the latest world and local news, politics and technology into the classroom
Cultivate student interest in current events and diverse viewpoints, broadening the ability to learn
Spark enthusiasm for meaningful classroom interaction
Create life long learners, more informed consumers and involved citizens
Endure as a motivating and stimulating teaching tool

Resources for teachers:

Educators may visit to access a variety of resources for teachers, students and parents. The site includes content for young readers, and ready-to-use lessons and activities for classroom use with The Arizona Republic and

Resources that are updated every Monday include:
  • Use the News lessons are three sets of lesson plans targeted for specific grade levels: K-4, 5-8 and 9-12. Each set consists of five activities for using the newspaper in the classroom. Each question or activity includes references to the appropriate learning standard being addressed. An archive of lessons going back a full year is also made available.
  • News Bytes for e-Editions For grades 2-5, 6-8, and 9-12
  • Front Page Talking Points, with a related Video Report, explores the hottest news topic of the week and provides a series of three "Get out Your Newspaper" Action Points.
  • e-Edition Plus is a weekly current events story for young readers with discussion questions that can be used as conversation starts or writing prompts and newspaper activities that send students to both Web-based news sites and print newspapers.
  • This Week in History is a weekly calendar of historical events around the world.
  • Words in the News is a VOCABULARY builder based on words from major news stories. Each week a new word is defined and placed in context using a snippet from a news story. Teachers can generate quizzes based on word lists appropriate for middle school or high school students. Students can take the quiz in the interactive format online with automatic scoring and correction, or the teacher can choose a printer-friendly version to distribute quizzes in class without a computer.
  • Interactive Geography in the News is a weekly exploration of a region in the world that is currently in the news. Each lesson starts with a map for students to find the region being discussed. Five questions are presented in an interactive format to test student's knowledge of world geography, with instant scoring as submitted answers are judged and correct answers provided. A printer friendly version of each week's quiz is also provided for use in the classroom without the need to be online. An archive of lessons is also made available, providing dozens of past lessons.
  • Interactive News Quiz based on stories in last week's Arizona Republic
  • Cartoons for the Classroom is a joint effort between the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and NIEonline to provide lesson plans based on political cartoons. Every other week a new set of pdf files is posted for teachers to download and print out for their classes. One page is a lesson on a specific topic; the other is a blank cartoon on that topic that students can use to test out their own captions before reading the lesson and answering the questions.
  • USA Weekend Teacher Guides
  • Daily Science Webcasts - Each weekday, Pulse of the Planet provides a two-minute sound portrait of Planet Earth, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide and blending interviews and extraordinary natural sound
  • News Video with weekly topics for discussion

Additional classroom tools include the Educational links library, which is a library of links to resources for teachers classified according to grade level, with descriptions.

Also at, teachers will find regular updates and information about educational programs and opportunities available to Arizona teachers through Media In Education.

A true living textbook for Arizona's education community, is the oldest and most-visited local site in Arizona, bringing together resources and daily news content from the state's largest newspaper, The Arizona Republic; its most-watched television station, KPNX-TV Channel 12; and the Valley's leading Spanish-language publication, La Voz. also features news and information in Spanish from La Voz; this area of the site is updated daily and offers local, national and international news and other features.

As Arizona's largest local site, serves as both a gateway to our other sites and as a destination for Arizona news and information, a perfect resource for young learners. is updated throughout the day with news from The Arizona Republic and 12 News, and is home to the online edition of The Rep entertainment guide. The site also features extensive sports coverage, multimedia, newsletters, community news and information.
KPNX-TV Channel 12
La Voz

Classroom newspapers-Sunday print

Sunday newspapers, which are delivered to schools on the following Tuesday or Wednesday, are available on a limited basis, while funding is available. If funding is unavailable, you will be notified, and your request will be placed on a waiting list.
Click here to order online.

Monday-Friday newspapers

Teachers who wish to place an order for partially sponsored (and partially school-paid) Monday through Friday newspapers may call 602-444-8846, or download an order form here.

Classroom newspapers-electronic

Electronic copies of The Arizona Republic are available at no charge to all Arizona teachers.

The eEdition is a digital replica of The Arizona Republic. Teachers and students can log onto any computer and flip through pages and skim headlines just as they would with the traditional newspaper. Readers can view all the text, photos and advertisements exactly as they are printed in the daily paper, plus have the option to change the screen layout, move easily through pages and sections, and save and send articles. The eEdition includes a seven-day archive.

The eEdition is ideal for classroom learning and homework assignments. Keyword searches allow students to research any topic, person or event instantly. Electronic newspaper content can be translated into12 languages, and teachers may print out pages as needed for instructional purposes. Republic eEdition subscribers also will have access to 75 additional Gannett newspapers. Lists of available languages and Gannett newspapers are displayed in drop down boxes at the top of the eEdition.

Test drive The Arizona Republic eEdition today!

eEdition order form

Electronic access information

Electronic copies of The Arizona Republic are available via the Internet early each morning. Access to the eEdition requires an account number and password, which is provided by MIE. A reminder e-mail with link is sent to teachers each day. Please contact Lorie at 602-444-8202 with any concerns related to accessing the eEdition.

eEdition order form

Verification Form Requirement

MIE requires that all teachers who order and receive fully-sponsored classroom newspapers (print) sign a Verification Form at the end of each semester, verifying that newspapers were delivered and used for educational purposes.

Sunday print: Teachers who receive fully-sponsored Sunday print newspapers during the summer, fall and/or spring semester(s) must sign a Verification Form for each semester.

M-F print: Teachers who subscribe to reduced-rate M-F print papers (with school purchase order or personal check) are NOT required to sign Verification Forms.

eEdition: Teachers who receive fully-sponsored eEdition subscriptions are NOT required to sign Verification Forms.

Serial Stories

Serial stories run each semester that MIE has a sponsor-partner. The serial story appears in the Wednesday community editions of the print newspaper, and also on the drop-down box of the eEdition frame. These stories appeal to readers of all ages but are especially relevant to young readers who grow to anticipate each week's chapter. These gradually developing stories provide students time for additional reflection and speculation. Students will talk about the characters, predict what is to come and enrich the imagined story with their everyday experiences. Educators may download a teacher guide for use with each serial story.

Target Date Project

Target Date is all about compiling and comparing a collection of newspapers published on the same day. Students and teachers can select the date in advance, at random, or it can be one of special significance because of its expected news. Teachers can tie the newspaper comparison to almost any unit or theme. The Target Date project is now easier than ever. With your classroom subscription to the Arizona Republic electronic edition, you also receive access to 77 additional Gannett newspapers, including the Cincinnati Enquirer, Des Moines Register, Detroit Free Press, Florida Today, Indianapolis Star, Louisville Courier Journal, Nashville Tennessean and more. Additionally, most newspapers participate in the Target Date project and often will mail students a copy of the actual newspaper, if a student writes a formal letter of request that explains the class project. Letters may be sent to the Newspapers In Education, Media In Education or Educational Services Department of the newspaper. Most newspaper websites provide a name and address for the individual who handles educational programs for the newspaper.

Click here to download a list of participating newspapers and contact information.

Click here to download scavenger hunt activity pages for all fifty states.

Scholastic Journalist Awards

The Arizona Republic recognizes outstanding Arizona high school newspaper and yearbook staff members who are nominated by their student publication advisers. Students receive a certificate and recognition in a prominent newspaper advertisement.
Click here for more information!

Contact MIE

General Information: 602-444-8932
Delivery Concerns & Verification Forms: 602-444-4686

Media In Education

The Arizona Republic
P.O. Box 1950, NE-16
Phoenix, AZ 85001

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Speaker Requests: Send an email outlining your request to Kim Meader at Speakers are not always available, but she will make every effort to assist you.