The Freedom Forum Institute’s important mission remains the same: to champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment. The Institute carries out this work through its First Amendment Center, the Religious Freedom Center, and NewseumED, an online learning platform for students and teachers.
The Freedom Forum Institute also houses several important initiatives that promote journalistic excellence, diversity in the media and workplace integrity. The Chips Quinn Scholars program, the Institute’s largest and most enduring diversity initiative, gives journalism students hands-on training and mentoring from news veterans, opening doors to media careers for young students of color and increasing diversity in the nation’s newsrooms. Launched in 2018, the Power Shift Project promotes workplace integrity, defined as eliminating sexual harassment and creating opportunities for all, through rigorous training and resources for newsroom leaders and HR professionals. And the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference brings 51 high school juniors to Washington, D.C., each summer for a five-day experience designed to inspire and encourage students to pursue journalism.
The Freedom Forum Institute, with the University of South Dakota, also presents the annual Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media, recognizing extraordinary achievements by leaders in the media.
The Freedom Forum Institute’s affiliate organizations include the Al Neuharth Media Center at the University of South Dakota; the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi; and the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University.
More information on the Freedom Forum Institute’s initiatives and mission can be found here.