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The Freedom Forum Institute, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the education and outreach partner of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum. The Institute includes the First Amendment Center, the Religious Freedom Center, the Newseum’s education department (NewseumED), special initiatives such as the Power Shift Project, and diversity and inclusion programs. The Institute also supports ongoing programming at the Newseum, including the annual rededication of the Journalist’s Memorial, and “Inside Media” interviews and presentations.
The First Amendment Center conducts the Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup First Amendment Moot Court; produces the State of the First Amendment national survey and its quarterly First Amendment Report Card; works with the federal judiciary to improve the flow of news about the courts to the public; and hosts programs to help the public and the media understand one another better. The FAC also produces the weekly “First Five” newsletter, and the podcast “First Five” on First Amendment issues.
The Religious Freedom Center leads education programs and seminars on the intersection of religion and public life for teachers, civic and government leaders, lawyers and private employers.
NewseumED is a free online learning platform that reaches about 12 million teachers and students around the world. Its unique approach to history, civics and media literacy helps students cultivate the skills needed to make informed decisions in a divided and demanding world.
Among the Institute’s major diversity and inclusion initiatives are the Power Shift Project, the annual Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference, the Chips Quinn Scholars and the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media.
The Freedom Forum Institute’s affiliate centers 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.
The Institute regularly hosts compelling programs that engage in the central debates of our time, including the role of a free press in a democracy, ongoing threats to journalists, and the significance of religious freedom in a pluralistic society.
The Freedom Forum Institute is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its principal funder, the Freedom Forum.