Newspapers in the United States provide many services to their readers; most importantly, they shine a light on governmental actions and promote literacy of the masses.
For these reasons, we at the Courier-Tribune, along with papers across the nation, celebrate National Newspapers in Education Week March 2 to 6 and Sunshine Week March 15 to 21.
For Newspapers in Education Week, we at CT have generated content geared toward the education of school children. Inside this edition you will find stories in our Education section about the achievements of local students and unique programs they are involved in.
On our Local Economy page, readers will find an inside look at a career many youngsters may find interesting: firefighting. In addition, in the C section of this paper, families will find our monthly Northland Family offerings, four pages of family-friendly content that, this month, focuses on the theme of art in education as March is Youth Art Month and Music in Education Month.
We have partnered with our advertisers and local schools to provide papers to third-grade students in Kearney, Liberty and Smithville free of charge. The reason for this week is two-fold: First, it creates a relationship between educators, young readers and newspapers that promotes critical thinking and a thirst for knowledge in an effort to produce involved, educated citizens. Second, it promotes an environment in which families can spend more time together extending classroom reading experiences to the home, where families read with their children, discussing current events and modeling their own reading habits.
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 Courier-Tribune are proud of this partnership. This year’s NIE offering also includes a full-page spread that provides educational facts and fun activities students can use in and out of the classroom to get better acquainted with their community newspaper.
While we encourage the development of young readers, 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. The government keeps all sorts of records regarding business operations. All 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’s feet to the fire when it comes to operating in an efficient, cost-effective, legal and transparent manner. In this edition you will find a story on a 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 help educate your children, please join us in celebrating National Newspapers in Education and Sunshine weeks.