Apply for the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference by Feb. 28

The Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference, an all-expenses-paid, five-day conference at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., is seeking applications from high school juniors with a passion for journalism and who embody the qualities of a “free spirit.”

Fifty-one students, representing each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., will travel to the nation’s capital June 20-25 to learn about the First Amendment and to meet and be inspired by veteran journalists and their peers. Recipients also receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice.

Students should apply by Feb. 28. Applications can be found at

The Newseum also offers many valuable resources for teachers. The Newseum’s Digital Classroom features interactive timelines, archival videos and downloadable historic front pages with cross-disciplinary lesson plans for middle school, high school and college teachers and students. Teachers can also request a free poster of a replica 1861 front page of The New York Herald, which features a large map of the positions of rebel forces in Virginia. The back of the poster offers several lesson ideas, such as decoding the map and the implications of revealing such information.