Freedom Forum

Freedom Forum

The Freedom Forum — dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people — is a nonpartisan foundation that champions the five freedoms of the First Amendment.

Established July 4, 1991, by founder Al Neuharth, the Freedom Forum is the principal funder of the Newseum and the Freedom Forum Institute and sponsors work to educate the public about the importance of the First Amendment. It also supports newsroom diversity and excellence in journalism, with programs including 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 Newseum, in Washington, D.C., is a museum dedicated to increasing public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. Since opening in 2008, more than 7 million people have visited its modern building located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue between the United States Capitol and the White House. The Newseum’s seven levels of interactive exhibits include 15 galleries and 15 theaters.

The Freedom Forum Institute is the education and outreach partner of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum and includes the First Amendment Center, the Religious Freedom Center, the Newseum’s education department and diversity and inclusion programs.

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 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 more than 11 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.

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.