‘Straits Times’ Takes 2010 Young Reader NIE Prize

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By: E&P Staff

Singapore Press Holdings’ The Straits Times took top honors its effort to reach younger readers, when the newspaper’s weekly news magazine for students, IN, won the 2010 Young Reader Prize in the Newspapers in Education category, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has announced.

Judges from around the world found IN to be innovative in using the newspaper as a classroom teaching tool, linking content to curriculum and engaging readers with “great editorial work and interactive contests.”

Revamped earlier this year to include worksheets and classroom activities that correspond to the day’s news, the 5-year-old IN goes out Mondays to the approximately 90,000 students who subscribe to Straits Times through their schools.

The Straits Times said WAN-IFRA singled out the worksheets and activities as an important resource in improving English language ability, “while making it a must-have authentic resource for teachers, especially young teachers unfamiliar with using the newspaper in class.”

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