Newseum to Host Program With Student Journalists From Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., was the scene of a mass shooting on Feb. 14, 2018, that killed 17 people. Photo credit: Rhona Wise/Courtesy Agence France-Presse

Today, the Newseum announced that student journalists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., will participate in a program at the Newseum on March 23 called “Witnessing and Reporting Tragedy: The Student Journalists of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.” Margaret Brennan, moderator of CBS News’ “Face the Nation” and CBS News’ senior foreign affairs correspondent, will lead the discussion.

The program is free with paid admission to the Newseum, and because all Newseum tickets are valid for two consecutive days, attendees can visit for free on Saturday, March 24 during the “March for Our Lives” rally.

At the program, students will recount their experiences witnessing and reporting on the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 of their fellow students and teachers. During the shooting, reporters for the school’s newspaper The Eagle Eye recognized not only that they were involved in the major story but they also had a responsibility to report on it. The event thrust them into the role of being both crime victims and reporters.

On Saturday, March 24, the students will report from Washington, D.C., on that day’s “March for Our Lives,” an event organized by the survivors of the shooting that calls for increased gun control and school safety measures.

As the museum that celebrates and seeks to increase public understanding of our First Amendment freedoms, the Newseum has compiled resources for “March for Our Lives” participants as they exercise their freedoms in our nation’s capital, as well as for student groups and other visitors to D.C. on this historic weekend.

During the march, the Newseum will encourage participants to use their freedom of expression through message boards and sidewalk chalk in front of the building, and photo opportunities with the 74-foot-high First Amendment tablet featured on the museum’s iconic façade.

The Newseum, located three blocks from the main event stage, has had a front-row seat to hundreds of historic protests along Pennsylvania Avenue. The Hank Greenspun Family Terrace provides Newseum visitors with panoramic views of the street, historic monuments and the National Mall.

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