By: E&P Staff
More than a hundred high school journalists will travel to Washington D.C. for the 2008 Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journalism and Scholarship Conference program, set for March 16-19. Two top student journalists with qualities of “free spirit” will be awarded $50,000 college scholarships. The other 100 students will get $1,000 scholarships.
The contest and conference were established by the Freedom Forum, an nonprofit organization based in Washington that supports free press, free speech, and free spirit. The scholarship program was established in honor of Freedom Forum and USA Today founder Al Neuharth.
Two high school seniors, one male and one female, from every state and the District of Columbia were chosen to participate. All the applicants submitted samples of their journalistic work and an essay about free spirit.
While attending the conference, the students will tour media organizations and participate in sessions headed by eminent journalists. The conference concludes with the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Awards Ceremony where the students will get to meet Hearst Magazines president and 2008 Free Spirit of the Year Cathie Black.
The Freedom Forum, founded in 1991, funds operations at the Newseum in Washington D.C., as well as the First Amendment Center and the Diversity Institute, both based in Nashville, Tenn.