Newspapers in Education week is celebrated annually, during the first full school week of March. This year, it will be held on Mach 5-9, 2018. NIE offers Journalism and Design an Ad contests to local school students in grades K-12.

This is an excellent opportunity for educators to encourage students to:

  • think independently
  • write creatively and constructively
  • challenge artistic talent
  • meet academic standards

The winning entries are published in a 40-page special section entitled “NIE Week” that will be inserted into the Wednesday, March 6, 2018 edition of LNP.



You may register for the contest by reading all of the instructions and information below and completing an online registration form.

Teachers, download and print a handy DATES TO REMEMBER form HERE.


Each teacher must complete an ONLINE TEACHER REGISTRATION FORM for his or her class(es).

  • Each teacher must register each year because records are not kept from previous years.
  • For the Journalism Contest, you may initiate the contest process as soon as you are registered.
  • For the Design an Ad Contest, public school teachers will receive their assigned advertiser, entry forms, and directions through IU13 mail or personal delivery. Non-public school teachers will receive their assigned advertiser, entry forms, and directions through USPS. Both mailings will occur on or before October 25, 2017. (Advertiser logos will be emailed to participating teachers at the same time).



All entries are due on (or must be postmarked by) Monday, December 4, 2017.


Hempfield High School English teacher Sarah Diiorio was last year’s Kindle Fire winner.  She is pictured with a few of her students. (L-R: Ryan Zhang, Ashley Deck, Emma Redcay, Alexandra Schaffer.)


NIE Week Contests

ATTN: Sophia Efthymiades

LNP Media Group, Inc.

P.O. Box 1328

Lancaster, PA 17608-1328

or drop off at LNP Media Group, Inc.’s lobby located at 8 W. King Street, Lancaster (7:45 AM – 6:00 PM).

Please do not send through IU13 mail.

Check that your students have completed all sections of their entry forms correctly.

Encourage students to write legibly. Legible handwriting prevents any misspelled names in the newspaper (should the entry and the writer be published).

Students must include the teacher’s first and last name on the entry form. There will be a teacher THANK YOU page in the special NIE Week section.

Attach all writing entries to the entry forms with a staple.

Return ALL entries – we will consider every entry UNLESS the word count greatly exceeds the limit noted on the entry form.

Please complete the summary sheet and send it with your students’ entries. The summary sheet will help us make sure that your students’ entries are checked in and that your names will appear on the Teacher Thank You page.

Please remember- the purpose of our contests is to encourage students to write and to share their talents with others. We hope that these contests will fit into your existing writing/instructional program.



Preliminary judges from the Lancaster Lebanon Reading Council read all entries. Finalists from each category proceed to the next level of judging. Using rubrics and a point-system, winning entries are judged by a second set of judges from LLRC and by members of LNP’s editorial staff.

Note: Please ask students to count the words in their entries (excluding title). Entries that greatly exceed the word count noted on the individual entry forms will be eliminated.

To view Teacher Directions, Judge’s Rubric, Entry Forms, and Examples of 2017 Winning Entries, click on the links in the sidebar.



During the week of October 25, 2017, each registered Design an Ad teacher will receive a packet of student materials including their assigned advertiser.

Since local business advertisers financially sponsor the NIE Week special section, they are familiar with all our Lancaster County schools and teachers, and they look forward to receiving each student entry.

From these entries, the advertiser will select the first-place winner to represent his/her business in the NIE Week special section.

At the NIE Reception, the first-place winner and advertiser** will have an opportunity to personally meet for a photo, which will be included in the NIE Week special section.

(**if the advertiser’s business schedule permits).