July 19, 2013
Free Spirit Scholars

A group of Free Spirit Scholars pose with pieces of the original Berlin Wall, on display at the Newseum. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

That's a Wrap: Memorable Free Spirit Conference Concludes

WASHINGTON — It was a great week for students participating in the 2013 Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference.

Hosted by the Newseum Institute, the conference was an opportunity for 51 high school juniors from each U.S. state and the District of Columbia to visit the nation’s capital and attend workshops designed to inspire them to pursue journalism careers. 

Over the course of the five-day conference, students met with reporters at USA Today; saw a studio taping of “Meet the Press,” toured the U.S. Capitol, monuments and museums, and attended a presentation on the First Amendment with U.S. District Court Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth. 

Other activities included a raucous Freedom Sings concert that showcased songs that have been subject to censorship, and a live broadcast of a spacewalk that included a question-and-answer session with astronaut Thomas Marshburn. A special session with Neuharth’s family gave the scholars an intimate look at the Newseum, USA Today, and Free Spirit program founder who passed away April 19. 

Photos of the conference are available on Flickr. Follow the 2013 Free Spirit scholars at #freespirit13 on Twitter.

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