Ryukyu Shimpo and University of the Ryukyus hold newspaper course

Ryukyu Shimpo and University of the Ryukyus hold newspaper course

On April 15, at the University of the Ryukyus in Nishihara, students discussed articles they were interested in.


April 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 15, at the University of the Ryukyus in Nishihara, the Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper and the university’s Faculty of Education cooperated to launch a newspaper course. The course is a continuation from the last academic year. It aims to teach students the role and structure of newspapers, and how they can be used in education, by introducing examples of NIE (Newspapers in Education) to students who hope to become teachers.

Nine students in the faculty of education are enrolled in the course. They will be coached in how to use newspapers as reliable and accessible information sources. For instance, they will learn how to interpret the newspaper writing style and structure, such as brief headlines and text.

Tsuyoshi Matsumoto, the head of the news department’s headquarters and department for promoting NIE, will deliver the course in the first semester.

Matsumoto introduced the results of the survey carried out by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on newspapers. The survey results showed that students who read newspapers, have a higher reading ability than those who don’t. He claimed that it is important for teachers to make students media literate by getting them to collect and interpret information from newspapers.

Working in groups, students discussed articles that they were interested in.
A junior student Sakura Kina said she hoped to learn ways to express her opinions effectively in the newspaper style, and read critically. “It is useful to know the structure of newspapers and understand what articles can say with limited space, and not accept information without questioning.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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