Frequently Asked Questions


GENERAL INFORMATION

What is the value of Newspapers in Education?

Newspapers in Education provides teachers with FREE supplemental teaching materials to help make their use of the newspaper in the classroom easy, convenient and effective for students. Newspapers are an influential and integral part of our society. Freedom of the press is guaranteed under the Constitution. They are more timely than textbooks since they are updated daily and can keep students informed on current events. Newspapers bridge the gap between the classroom and the “real” world. Students learn life skills, make career decisions, and become more motivated to learn by using the newspaper in the classroom.

Once you sign up for NIE you will receive:

Online access to the FREE ePost, a digital replica of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, containing all news stories, photos and in-paper NIE features and activities.

Curriculum covering all disciplines, grade levels and many topics, all downloadable from nie.post-dispatch.com.

Supplemental activities and content for various programs and disciplines, all downloadable from nie.post-dispatch.com.

Once signed up for the FREE ePost, teachers receive:

Yearlong access for classroom use and access for students and their families.

Entry in our Educator Rewards Program which includes gift cards, tickets, special offers and more!


How can I sign up?

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers several different ways for you to receive the newspaper. You can choose to access the paper electronically by subscribing to our ePost product, subscribe to our Print Edition or even choose both.

e-Post Product - Just complete our easy online order form to receive the e-Post product. Don't forget to request enough ePost licenses for every teacher and student that will have access to the NIE resources throughout the school year!

Print Edition - Just complete the easy online order form to receive the Print Edition. Note: This is not a free program, but the rate is very reasonable; 15 cents per copy Monday-Saturday, 42 cents per copy Sunday only.

Minimum Order: A total of 200 newspapers with at least 10 papers each delivery day. (Newspapers may be ordered any day or days of the week.)

Examples: 10 copies per day for 20 days = 200 newspapers. 20 copies once a week for 10 weeks = 200 newspapers.


How can my organization become a NIE sponsor?

We partner with businesses or individuals in a number of ways to provide access to and content in both the print edition of the Post-Dispatch and the e-Post. Companies may sponsor an entire program or make monetary contributions. The NIE program has developed several partnerships with local and national corporations — from banks to professional sports teams. Corporate sponsors' logos are always included in the teacher promotional materials and advertising.

You can put your firm in the company of many fine businesses that have contributed to this worthy cause by contacting us at skeller@post-dispatch.com.


ePOST INFORMATION

What is the ePost?

The ePost is the electronic edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, containing a digital replica of the printed newspaper, including all news stories, photos and in-paper ads.


How can I order the ePost?

Just complete this easy online order form to receive the e-Post product. Don't forget to request enough ePost licenses for every teacher and student that will have access to the NIE resources throughout the school year! One order form provides year-long participation for all sponsored, short-term programs that run throughout the year, as well as all of the other resources provided.


What are the benefits of the ePost?

You and your students will be able to:

  • Search the entire newspaper by keyword.
  • Print, e-mail or save specific photos or news items.
  • Search back issues of the Post-Dispatch for up to 30-days.
  • Access the newspaper 24/7 from any computer.

How do my students and I access the ePost?

In addition to being able to log onto the ePost from virtually any device with Internet access, online content can be shared with your students via a whiteboard, which requires access to only one computer. You and your students can access the ePost subscription from home, at the library or from any device with Internet access. Articles and materials can also be printed, e-mailed or saved, making the NIE program more convenient and portable than ever before.


PRINT EDITION INFORMATION

Can I receive the printed edition?

Teachers within our delivery area may order the print edition. Please contact us at nie@post-dispatch.com, to confirm that delivery is possible.

Print Edition - Just complete the online order form to receive the Print Edition. Note: This is not a free program, but the rate is very reasonable; 15 cents per copy Monday-Saturday, 42 cents per copy Sunday only.

Minimum Order: A total of 200 newspapers with at least 10 papers each delivery day. (Newspapers may be ordered any day or days of the week.)

Examples: 10 copies per day for 20 days = 200 newspapers. 20 copies once a week for 10 weeks = 200 newspapers.


SPELLING BEE INFORMATION

How can my school get involved?

Any school located within the following counties is eligible to participate:

Illinois: Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, St. Clair
Missouri: Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Louis, St. Louis City, Warren

Remember, you must complete the two step registration process for your school each year.

Step One: Register with the Scripps National Spelling Bee

In order to participate in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee, the school's Spelling Bee Coordinator or Principal must first register the school (and pay a fee) with Scripps National Spelling Bee. Visit www.spellingbee.com for more information.

Step Two: Register with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee

Teachers should receive a packet with registration information by early October. If you are a teacher in one of counties located above and you have not received a packet by October 10, please contact nie@post-dispatch.com.

After the school bee, you must register your winner by February 1 with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Both steps 1 & 2 must occur in order for any student to compete in any level of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee.


What is my school's division number?

School division numbers are included in the packet sent to teachers by early October. Parents: Please contact your school spelling bee coordinator for more information.


Can we send a runner-up?

Teachers: If your school champion is unable to attend for any reason, you must contact the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at 314-340-8914 or nie@post-dispatch.com by 9 a.m on the Friday before the written bee. If we do not have notification that the runner-up will be attending in place of the winner, they will not be able to participate. Please note that the runner-up replacement notification must come from the school/teacher and not the speller or his/her parent.


What should my speller wear?

All spellers should dress in comfortable clothing for the semi-final bee (jeans, tennis shoes, etc.).

But for those spellers that advance to the Oral Final Bee - please no sweats, shorts, distracting clothing or loud shoes. (Spellers will be walking across a wooden stage.) And remember that a press release is mailed to local media. Your speller could appear on TV or in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


What will happen if there is bad weather?

For updates about postponement due to inclement weather or other circumstances, please check nie.post-dispatch.com.