Success of the Newspaper Readership Program

President Erickson image and quoteNewest survey results: February 2008 (PDF)

Penn State Pulse:

  • 83% of Penn State students had read the paper in the last seven days
  • 35.6% of Penn State students had at least one instructor require regular newspaper readership as part of a class
  • 83.7% of University Park students picked up a paper directly from the newspaper distribution racks or machines
  • Data overwhelmingly support the relationship between newspaper readership and developing cognitive skills; increasing one’s awareness, understanding, and the ability to articulate views on current issues; and developing civic-mindedness
  • Evidence suggests a strong relationship between newspaper readership and student engagement both on campus and in the community

February 2005 Newspaper Readership survey (PDF)