The purpose of the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference is to promote the vital role of the First Amendment as a cornerstone of democracy and to inspire students to pursue journalism careers. High school juniors who will graduate in spring 2017 are encouraged to apply for the 2016 conference at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The program will select, teach, mentor and support 51 outstanding high school students. The students will participate in an all-expenses-paid journalism training conference at the Newseum, located on pennsylvania Avenue, between the U.S. Capital and the White House. Those who successfully complete the five day workshop will be awarded $1,000 scholarships.
HOW TO APPLY APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 2016 PROGRAM
- To qualify as an applicant for this program:
- You must be a high school junior who will graduate in the Class of 2017.
- You must be committed to pursuing a career in journalism.
- You must demonstrate qualities of a “free spirit.”
- You MUST be available to attend the conference June 18-23, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
- You must fill out the application completely. Unfinished applications will not be considered.
What essays are required?- Two essays with a maximum of 500 words each must be submitted with the application. First, applicants must explain why they want to pursue a career in journalism; and second, what characteristics make them a “free spirit.”
If I have no journalistic work samples, will I still qualify?- No. We require samples of writing, photography, audio, video or other media that were produced for publication or for classroom assignments.
Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply for the scholarship/conference?- Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Please follow the instructions carefully. We recommend you download the application instructions (PDF) to refer to as you complete the application. Letters of recommendation may be uploaded, mailed separately, or emailed to email@example.com