To help teachers foster curiosity and critical thinking and combat the scourge of fake news, NZME is offering Kiwi schools free access to NZ Herald Premium content.
Secondary, intermediate and primary school pupils and their teachers across the country are now able to utilise free classroom access to the digital news subscription service.
In a trial run, pupils and teachers from Cashmere High School in Christchurch have been able to access Premium stories while at school for several weeks.
Cashmere High’s Physical Education and Health teacher, Pete Smith, says the content is being accessed across all departments.
“In one assessment the Year 13s are looking at the impact poverty has on children and their health and well-being. NZ Herald has a large number of articles that relate to these issues.”
NZME CEO Michael Boggs says: “We’ve been delighted that so many New Zealanders have shown the value they place on quality journalism by supporting our newsrooms through their Premium subscriptions.
“Offering the more than 800,000 school age Kiwis and more than 60,000 teachers classroom access to the best journalism New Zealand has to offer, is our way of saying thank you.”
Since launching in April last year, the number of Kiwis accessing NZ Herald Premium content has climbed to more than 82,000.
Data released by Nielsen also shows a growing number of young New Zealanders engaging with NZME’s online news sites. The New Zealand Herald’s weekly brand audience of 15 to 17-year-olds is up 12% in the 12 months to July 2020.
Schools interested in free access can visit subscriptions.nzherald.co.nz/school to register.