Barbara McCormack (Sarah Thompson/Newseum)

Barbara McCormack
Photo credit: Sarah Thompson/Newseum


  • Education
  • Teaching the First Amendment
  • Teaching Controversial Subjects

Barbara McCormack

Vice president of education

Freedom Forum

Barbara McCormack is vice president of education at the Freedom Forum Institute. McCormack leads the team responsible for creating NewseumED: quality, educational resources and programs on First Amendment freedoms and media literacy. Through on-site and virtual classes and its website, NewseumED reaches 10 million students.

McCormack is a sought-after speaker on media literacy education, navigating the challenges of a free press, and facilitating difficult classroom conversations. In 2017, she was invited to provide media literacy training for students and adults nationally and internationally, including for the Senate Youth Leadership Program, winners of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Program Award (Poland), Chautauqua Institution, MisinfoCon (England) and Reuters. She led workshops at conferences by the American Alliance of Museums, National Council for the Social Studies and National Association of Media Literacy Education.

McCormack works to promote access to literacy resources as a member of the steering committee for the North American subchapter of GAPMIL, UNESCO’s effort to promote media and information literacy worldwide. She also serves on the board of the SYTA Youth Foundation, which helps at-risk students participate in educational travel programs.

McCormack, a former middle and high school teacher, and her team have been recognized by the Journalism Education Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the Education Commission for the States for their contributions to the teaching of history and news and media literacy.

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