Newspapers in education is a concept dating back to June 8, 1795 when The Portland (Maine) Eastern Herald published the following editorial:
Much has been said and written on the utility of newspaper; but one principal advantage which might be derived from these publications has been neglected; we mean that of reading them in schools, and by the children in families. Try it for one session - Do you wish your child to improve in reading solely, give him a newspaper- it furnishes a variety, some parts of which must infallibly touch his fancy. Do you wish to instruct him in geography, nothing will so indelibly fix the relative situation of different places, as the stories and events published in the papers. In time, do you wish to have him acquainted with the manners of country or city, the mode of doing business, public or private; or do you wish him to have a smattering of every kind of science useful and amusing, give him a newspaper- newspapers are plenty and cheap- the cheapest book that can be bought, and the more you buy the better for your children, because every part furnishes some new and valuable information.