Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference

2015 Free Spirit Scholars

2015 Free Spirit Scholars with conference speakers Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill, co-anchors of PBS NewsHour. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

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The annual Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference program targets rising high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism and who demonstrate qualities of “free spirit.”

Students come to Washington, D.C., to participate in an all-expenses-paid journalism conference at the Newseum, located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. This program began in 1999 and is funded by the Newseum Institute to honor Al Neuharth, the founder of USA Today, Newseum and the Freedom Forum. The conference is designed to inspire and encourage students to pursue journalism.

Applications for the 2016 conference are no longer being accepted.

Each year, participants in the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference are asked to write (or produce) a piece about the conference – to highlight a favorite session, share a lesson learned or share what the experience meant to them. Grace King, the 2015 representative from Florida, produced this video about the 2015 conference.