NC : Betty Debnam and the “Mini Page Newspaper” Makes K-12 Education Work for Teaching At Home & School !

Betty Debnam Mini PagesArchived Photo: Betty Debnam courtesy of UNC

When it comes to K-12 education in North Carolina the UNC-Chapel Hill University and Duke U. alumni,  Betty Debnam set the bar with her Mini Pages Newspaper in print to schools and  links of her classroom “instructional-design” works to the state educational website and the internet. According to Wikipedia, Her grandfather was a school superintendent and her father was a newspaper reporter in Norfolk, Virginia. Debnam is married to Richard Hunt, a former Associated Press reporter and military adviser to Hubert Humphrey.

According to the state website Learn-NC…

The Mini Page was created by North Carolina native and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumna Betty Debnam. Ms. Debnam worked as both a journalist and an elementary school teacher, and brought that experience to her creation, making a publication just for kids. It was first published in 1969, and has been published weekly ever since. The Mini Page brings the news and other topics such as science, world culture, American history and politics, health and more to elementary students, as well as their parents and teachers. The Mini Page also includes fun features such as recipes, puzzles, and jokes. Though the Mini Page is catered to K-5 students, this resource has limitless potential for K-12 educators.

For her work, Debnam won the North Carolina Award and the Newspaper Association of America Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame, the Newspapers in Education Hall of Fame, and the Association of Educational Publishers Hall of Fame. The online archive, spanning from 1969 to 2007, is available free through the UNC libraries at

This guide for third, fourth, and fifth grade teachers suggests activities and resources for using the Mini Page Archive to teach elections. Through these activities, students will learn more about political parties in the United States, how the Electoral College works, and what the process of an election looks like.full page

According to the Mini Page website…

Ms. Debnam considers the Mini Page a form of mass media education, written in simple, easy-to-understand terms. In thirty seven years, she never missed a deadline. Born in Norfolk, Virginia and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Betty Debnam boasts a strong background in journalism and education. Her grandmother, grandfather, and father (W.E. Debnam, a popular radio and television commentator) were all newspaper editors.

Debnam has been awarded many distinguished achievement awards for her contributions to education and journalism, including more than 20 from the Educational Press Association. She has also received a Newspaper Association of America Lifetime Achievement Award, the North Carolina Award (the highest honor that the State of North Carolina can bestow), and has been inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame, the Newspapers in Education Hall of Fame, and the Association of Educational Publishers Hall of Fame.

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