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Mar 14, 2018

Newseum to Host Program on March 23 Featuring Student Journalists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

The Eagle Eye Journalists Will Be in Washington, D.C., to Attend the “March for Our Lives” Rally the Following Day

WASHINGTON — 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 during the “March for Our Lives.”

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.

About the Freedom Forum Institute

The Freedom Forum Institute 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 and diversity and inclusion programs. 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. 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.

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