Newspapers in the United States provide many services to their readers; most importantly, they shine a light on governmental actions and promote community literacy.
For these reasons, we at the Courier-Tribune, along with papers across the nation, celebrate National Newspapers in Education Week March 1 to 5 and Sunshine Week March 14 to 20.
For Newspapers in Education Week, we generated content geared toward education of school children. This content includes two pages where students can learn about the journalism industry and try their hand at being a reporter.
On our Local Economy page, readers will find an inside look at a career youngsters may find interesting: policing.
Throughout this edition, you will also find stories about the athletic and academic achievements of local students, as well as family-friendly content in our Northland Family section.
We have partnered with local businesses and schools to provide free papers to third-grade students in Kearney, Liberty and Smithville this week as a way of fostering community education and increasing discourse on important topics that matter to you and your family.
How are newspaper an important part of education? The "new" in newspapers says it all:
• new perspectives and vocabulary are presented to explore and discuss;
• new science, math or social studies discoveries are covered; and
• new life skill opportunities are made available.
Research suggests students who actively use newspapers in their curriculum demonstrate improved reading skills, verbal interactions, student motivation and behavior, achievement scores and awareness of the world and their communities.
We at the CT also strive to provide meaningful information about the actions and policies of local and state governing bodies. We do this because your government is owned by you, the taxpayer, and we believe you deserve to know what you are paying for. Government bodies are the keepers of all sorts of records regarding business operations. Citizens have the right to see these records. Each state has a law guaranteeing these rights, called the Sunshine Law.
We at the CT are protectors of this law and the First Amendment, meaning we are watchdogs for the citizenry, reporting on how governing bodies conduct business.
We take this job seriously, and hold every official accountable when it comes to operating in an efficient, cost-effective, legal and transparent manner. In this edition you will find a story on the end of a lengthy lawsuit involving the Clay County Commission and the State Auditor’s Office, for which research was done by accessing public records.
So, whether you read the Courier-Tribune for coverage of government or to educate your children, please join us in celebrating National Newspapers in Education and Sunshine weeks.