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The Freedom Forum’s mission is to foster First Amendment freedoms for all. It works to raise awareness of First Amendment freedoms through education, advocacy and action, sharing the stories of Americans who have exercised their rights to ignite change. Established July 4, 1991, by founder Al Neuharth, the Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan 501 (c)(3) foundation that advances First Amendment freedoms through initiatives that include the Religious Freedom Center, NewseumED, 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 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.

Mission: To foster First Amendment freedoms for all.

The Power Shift Project has a resource page for journalists and educators on covering the #coronavirus while caring for ...
04/04/2020
COVID-19 | Freedom Forum Institute

The Power Shift Project has a resource page for journalists and educators on covering the #coronavirus while caring for their teams. Freedom Forum fellow Jill Geisler debriefed 16 news organization and journalism education leaders for ideas and best practices. https://bit.ly/2xnYjGU

View video and resources gathered from a Power Shift Project webinar with sixteen newsroom, education and industry leaders led by Jill Geisler, Freedom Forum Fellow in Women’s Leadership, on Monday, March 23.

In our FREE virtual class, "You Can't Say That in School?!" students will discover how the five freedoms guaranteed by t...
04/03/2020
You Can’t Say That in School?!

In our FREE virtual class, "You Can't Say That in School?!" students will discover how the five freedoms guaranteed by the #FirstAmendment applies in their everyday life and in school.

Sign up for our FREE virtual class today! https://bit.ly/37hVnbh

Students debate court cases to learn how far First Amendment protections extend in public schools, and why limits may be necessary.

On April 8, The Power Shift Project will host a webinar with leaders of the top professional journalism organizations an...
04/03/2020

On April 8, The Power Shift Project will host a webinar with leaders of the top professional journalism organizations and discuss covering the coronavirus pandemic while caring for dedicated teams.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2yxQRd1

As Americans are urged to stay home, it is hard to escape the outpouring of news coverage surrounding COVID-19. It is on...
04/03/2020
FREE Digital Resources from the Freedom Forum

As Americans are urged to stay home, it is hard to escape the outpouring of news coverage surrounding COVID-19. It is on us to turn down the volume on junk news (or misinformation) and find those reliable facts that journalists are working hard to bring us in this time of crisis.

Our education team has come up with six quick and simple activities to help you quiet the chaos and effectively consume the content produced by a free press in these unusual circumstances.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2Wv91WP #LearnFromHome

The First Amendment protects five freedoms of expression--we have resources to help foster these freedoms for all. On this page we've compiled a list of resources for students, educators, parents and life-long learners.

In times of COVID-19, many people have questions about their religious freedom rights versus government intervention. So...
04/03/2020

In times of COVID-19, many people have questions about their religious freedom rights versus government intervention. Some communities are grappling with concerns about the separation of church and state.

Join the Religious Freedom Center on April 7, at 3 p.m., to discuss difficult decisions houses of worship face during stay-at-home mandates and what that means for religious freedom.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2X855vd

Keep up to date with #COVID19 news across the world with Today’s Front Pages. https://bit.ly/2VDORtv
04/03/2020

Keep up to date with #COVID19 news across the world with Today’s Front Pages. https://bit.ly/2VDORtv

Are you a teacher looking for professional development opportunities while working from home? Our FREE modules help teac...
04/03/2020
From Constitution to Classroom |

Are you a teacher looking for professional development opportunities while working from home?

Our FREE modules help teachers understand and apply constitutional approaches to teaching about religion as well as legal frameworks related to religion in schools. https://bit.ly/2Qqgz9c

Designed with teachers and administrators’ busy schedules in mind, our professional development is 100% online—accessible anytime, anywhere—and self-paced, interactive, and focused on the practical application of the First Amendment and religious studies in the classroom. EACH 1-HOUR MODULE IN...

As you wash your hands, remember the 45 words of the First Amendment. #OurFirst
04/02/2020

As you wash your hands, remember the 45 words of the First Amendment. #OurFirst

A world committed to religious freedom as an inalienable right for all people. Learn how the Religious Freedom Center ed...
04/02/2020

A world committed to religious freedom as an inalienable right for all people. Learn how the Religious Freedom Center educates the public about religion, law and civic engagement so that our communities are equipped to protect the rights of people of all religious traditions and none. #OurFirst https://bit.ly/2YwWbsm

Fact-Checking is more important now than ever. On this #InternationalFactCheckingDay, our NewseumED collection, “Fact Fi...
04/02/2020
Fact Finder: Your Foolproof Guide to Media Literacy

Fact-Checking is more important now than ever. On this #InternationalFactCheckingDay, our NewseumED collection, “Fact Finder: Your Foolproof Guide to Media Literacy,” help bring the road-tested tools of journalism from the newsroom to your own news feed.

Create a complete course of material on today’s media literacy essentials or sharpen a specific skill, from finding quality news to reporting it.

Learn about this EDCollection at: https://bit.ly/2I7tF81

Bring the road-tested tools of journalism from the newsroom to your own news feed. Create a complete course of material on today’s media literacy essentials or sharpen a specific skill, from finding quality news to reporting it.

Are you professor of education looking for distance learning options? Our FREE professional development modules help tea...
04/02/2020
From Constitution to Classroom |

Are you professor of education looking for distance learning options? Our FREE professional development modules help teachers understand and apply constitutional approaches to teaching about religion and legal frameworks related to religion in schools. https://bit.ly/2Qqgz9c

Designed with teachers and administrators’ busy schedules in mind, our professional development is 100% online—accessible anytime, anywhere—and self-paced, interactive, and focused on the practical application of the First Amendment and religious studies in the classroom. EACH 1-HOUR MODULE IN...

Is violence-laced music protected speech or an incitement to commit a crime?Learn about restrictions to freedom of speec...
04/02/2020
You Can’t Say That?!

Is violence-laced music protected speech or an incitement to commit a crime?

Learn about restrictions to freedom of speech in public life, then debate court cases that determined when and why those limits apply.

Sign up for our FREE virtual class! https://bit.ly/2wS4ToX

Students learn about restrictions to freedom of speech in public life, then debate court cases that determined when and why those limits apply.

Can you navigate the flurry of fake news and strike a balance between being a cynic and a sucker? Get the tools you and ...
04/02/2020
Fighting Fake News: How to Outsmart Trolls and Troublemakers

Can you navigate the flurry of fake news and strike a balance between being a cynic and a sucker? Get the tools you and your students need to stay ahead of online tricksters and trolls.

Sign up for our FREE virtual class today! https://bit.ly/2XnoUfx

Can you navigate the flurry of fake news and strike a balance between being a cynic and a sucker? Get the tools you need to stay ahead of online tricksters and trolls.

Keep up to date with #COVID19 news across the world with Today’s Front Pages. https://bit.ly/2VDORtv
04/02/2020

Keep up to date with #COVID19 news across the world with Today’s Front Pages. https://bit.ly/2VDORtv

We've partnered with Hamilton Hotel Washington DC to design a new signature suite, "The Suffrage Suite: Women Win the Vo...
04/01/2020

We've partnered with Hamilton Hotel Washington DC to design a new signature suite, "The Suffrage Suite: Women Win the Vote," honoring the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave the right to vote to women.

The suite celebrates the centennial with images of historic newspapers, photographs, and stories of changemakers from past and present. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2TIuLwA

Photos by Dan Swartz.

As we rely heavily on a free press to report information that affects our personal and professional lives, we are commit...
04/01/2020
FREE Digital Resources from the Freedom Forum

As we rely heavily on a free press to report information that affects our personal and professional lives, we are committed to continue educating Americans on the ways to decipher quality information during this unprecedented time. #LearnFromHome https://bit.ly/2Wv91WP

The First Amendment protects five freedoms of expression--we have resources to help foster these freedoms for all. On this page we've compiled a list of resources for students, educators, parents and life-long learners.

Candidates know that it’s not just what you say, but how you say it. In our virtual class, students learn the persuasion...
04/01/2020
On the Campaign Trail: The Battle for Votes

Candidates know that it’s not just what you say, but how you say it.

In our virtual class, students learn the persuasion techniques used by candidates when running for office and to help separate fact from fiction.

Sign up for our FREE virtual class! https://bit.ly/2TKFoPk

Students learn the persuasion techniques used by candidates when running for office, deepening their ability to analyze a variety of media produced by campaigns and to help separate fact from fiction.

Do you have five minutes? Watch religious and civil liberties leaders from around the world discuss how #religious freed...
04/01/2020
5 Minutes of Religious Freedom | Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute

Do you have five minutes?

Watch religious and civil liberties leaders from around the world discuss how #religious freedom, liberty of conscience, is a precious, fundamental right for people of all religions and none. https://bit.ly/355iKDI

A Web Series promoting Religious Liberty as an Inalienable Right For People of All religions and None What 5 Minutes of Religious Freedom is a web series about how “religious freedom,

Is it OK to clean up a quote or broadcast unconfirmed information? See how to become more critical consumers of news med...
04/01/2020
Media Ethics

Is it OK to clean up a quote or broadcast unconfirmed information?

See how to become more critical consumers of news media by examining real-life case studies of journalists striving to be accurate, fair and clear.

Sign up for our FREE virtual class! https://bit.ly/2QddZDL

Is it OK to clean up a quote or broadcast unconfirmed information? Students become more critical consumers of news media by examining real-life case studies of journalists striving to be accurate, fair and clear.

Keep up to date with #COVID19 news across the world with Today’s Front Pages. https://bit.ly/2VDORtv
04/01/2020

Keep up to date with #COVID19 news across the world with Today’s Front Pages. https://bit.ly/2VDORtv

Is your school or community closed due to the spread of #COVID19? Our #education team is just one click away providing y...
04/01/2020

Is your school or community closed due to the spread of #COVID19?

Our #education team is just one click away providing you with our FREE live virtual classes. Sign up for today! https://bit.ly/2Wm0tTi

“COVID-19 will be with us for a long time. Religious freedom will survive this pandemic if we are vigilant.”Read more of...
03/31/2020
Can Religious Freedom Survive COVID-19?

“COVID-19 will be with us for a long time. Religious freedom will survive this pandemic if we are vigilant.”

Read more of, “Can Religious Freedom Survive COVID-19?” https://bit.ly/2JdISE6

As a child, I attended weekend classes at our local synagogue to learn about Judaism. I remember one lesson above all from those years: past Jewish experience of pogroms and the Holocaust demands t…

The #FirstAmendment doesn’t just protect “important” speech. It protects ALL speech. #OurFirst
03/31/2020

The #FirstAmendment doesn’t just protect “important” speech. It protects ALL speech. #OurFirst

Today we celebrate one of America’s greatest champions of social justice and the #FirstAmendment, Cesar Chavez, who orga...
03/31/2020

Today we celebrate one of America’s greatest champions of social justice and the #FirstAmendment, Cesar Chavez, who organized migrant farmworkers in support of better working conditions. #CesarChavezDay

Here at the Freedom Forum, we support a free press. We would like to thank all the amazing journalists and newspapers fo...
03/31/2020

Here at the Freedom Forum, we support a free press.

We would like to thank all the amazing journalists and newspapers for everything they have done to keep their communities informed during this time.

See the work of more than 600 newspapers every day at https://bit.ly/2Jrq1FB

In our FREE virtual class, "You Can't Say That in School?!" students will discover how the five freedoms guaranteed by t...
03/31/2020
You Can’t Say That in School?!

In our FREE virtual class, "You Can't Say That in School?!" students will discover how the five freedoms guaranteed by the #FirstAmendment applies in their everyday life and in school.

Sign up for our FREE virtual class today! https://bit.ly/37hVnbh

Students debate court cases to learn how far First Amendment protections extend in public schools, and why limits may be necessary.

Journalists have been reporting on the #coronavirus, but how are they staying healthy?Tune in April 1, as The Power Shif...
03/31/2020

Journalists have been reporting on the #coronavirus, but how are they staying healthy?

Tune in April 1, as The Power Shift Project connects with organization leaders on how the epidemic is affecting under-served communities, and explore how journalists are covering the story while supporting each other during the crisis.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3drT8q2

Keep up to date with #COVID19 news across the world with Today’s Front Pages. https://bit.ly/2VDORtv
03/31/2020

Keep up to date with #COVID19 news across the world with Today’s Front Pages. https://bit.ly/2VDORtv

Is your school or community closed due to the spread of #COVID19? Our #education team is just one click away providing y...
03/31/2020

Is your school or community closed due to the spread of #COVID19?

Our #education team is just one click away providing you with our FREE live virtual classes. Sign up for today! https://bit.ly/2Wm0tTi

The Religious Freedom Center produces a wide range of #FirstAmendment educational resources relevant to the work of reli...
03/31/2020
Resources for Educators | Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute

The Religious Freedom Center produces a wide range of #FirstAmendment educational resources relevant to the work of religious and civic leaders. A selection of available textbooks, lesson plans and discussion guides are compiled here.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2w8wOBe

Listed below are sample textbooks, lesson plans and discussion guides developed by Charles C. Haynes and various educational partners. Please order or download these resources by clicking on the links

In times of crisis, many people of faith turn to the “big two Gs” — God and government. Depending on one’s theological b...
03/30/2020
The Two Big G’s – God and Government

In times of crisis, many people of faith turn to the “big two Gs” — God and government. Depending on one’s theological beliefs, one or both of these will or may come to their rescue.

Read more from Sabrina Dent, director of programs and partnerships from The Religious Freedom Center: https://bit.ly/3dFp0Yi

In times of crisis, many people of faith turn to the “big two Gs” — God and government. Depending on one’s theological beliefs, one or both of these will or may come to their rescue.

Schools are facing the challenge of implementing distance learning to continue educating students. We have FREE tools an...
03/30/2020
FREE Digital Resources from the Freedom Forum

Schools are facing the challenge of implementing distance learning to continue educating students. We have FREE tools and resources to get you through this unique situation to keep students engaged and active through education. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2Wv91WP #LearnFromHome

The First Amendment protects five freedoms of expression--we have resources to help foster these freedoms for all. On this page we've compiled a list of resources for students, educators, parents and life-long learners.

Can you navigate the flurry of fake news and strike a balance between being a cynic and a sucker? Get the tools you and ...
03/30/2020
Fighting Fake News: How to Outsmart Trolls and Troublemakers

Can you navigate the flurry of fake news and strike a balance between being a cynic and a sucker? Get the tools you and your students need to stay ahead of online tricksters and trolls.

Sign up for our FREE virtual class today! https://bit.ly/2XnoUfx

Can you navigate the flurry of fake news and strike a balance between being a cynic and a sucker? Get the tools you need to stay ahead of online tricksters and trolls.

Public librarians should have the ability and editorial discretion to select books for libraries without the censorial h...
03/30/2020
Parental Oversight of Library Bill is a Horrible Idea

Public librarians should have the ability and editorial discretion to select books for libraries without the censorial hand of members of the community looking over their shoulders and making decisions about content.

Read the latest column form First Amendment Fellow, David Hudson Jr. https://bit.ly/2Qn2g5k

Public librarians should have the ability and editorial discretion to select books for libraries without the censorial hand of members of the community looking over their shoulders and making decis…

What does religious freedom protect? Join Tri-Faith Initiative and The Religious Freedom Center on April 23, for a webin...
03/30/2020
What Religious Studies Means for Religious Freedom (Online) - Tri-Faith

What does religious freedom protect?

Join Tri-Faith Initiative and The Religious Freedom Center on April 23, for a webinar as they discuss the limits of religious freedom and the way Congress and the Supreme Court have tried to balance religious freedom with other rights and responsibilities.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2w3ot1A

APR 23 Featuring Benjamin P. Marcus Thursday, April 2312:00 pm – 1:00 pm CSTOnline Zoom Event: https://zoom.us/j/4029342955 What does religious freedom protect? Religious studies scholars emphasize that religious identity is co-constituted by the beliefs people hold, their behaviors within and bey...

We would like to the thank all the Healthcare Heroes today for everything they have done to keep their patients and comm...
03/30/2020

We would like to the thank all the Healthcare Heroes today for everything they have done to keep their patients and communities healthy during this time. Thank you. #NationalDoctorsDay

Is violence-laced music protected speech or an incitement to commit a crime?Learn about restrictions to freedom of speec...
03/30/2020
You Can’t Say That?!

Is violence-laced music protected speech or an incitement to commit a crime?

Learn about restrictions to freedom of speech in public life, then debate court cases that determined when and why those limits apply.

Sign up for our FREE virtual class! https://bit.ly/2wS4ToX

Students learn about restrictions to freedom of speech in public life, then debate court cases that determined when and why those limits apply.

Keep up to date with #COVID19 news across the world with Today’s Front Pages. https://bit.ly/2VDORtv
03/30/2020

Keep up to date with #COVID19 news across the world with Today’s Front Pages. https://bit.ly/2VDORtv

Journalists have been reporting on the #coronavirus, but how are they staying healthy?Tune in April 1, as The Power Shif...
03/30/2020

Journalists have been reporting on the #coronavirus, but how are they staying healthy?

Tune in April 1, as The Power Shift Project connects with organization leaders on how the epidemic is affecting under-served communities, and explore how journalists are covering the story while supporting each other during the crisis.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3drT8q2

The #FirstAmendment is the cornerstone of a government by, for and of the people, yet most Americans can’t name the five...
03/30/2020
Freedom Forum

The #FirstAmendment is the cornerstone of a government by, for and of the people, yet most Americans can’t name the five freedoms it guarantees.

Our vision is an America where everyone knows, understands, values and defends the freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. We believe that encouraging the broad understanding and vigorous use of these fundamental freedoms by the people is the best way to preserve and protect the First Amendment for future generations.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2SfGG4n #OurFirst

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The Freedom Forum’s mission is to foster First Amendment freedoms for all. It works to raise awareness of First Amendment freedoms through education, advocacy and action, sharing the stories of Americans who have exercised their rights to ignite change.

Established July 4, 1991, by founder Al Neuharth, the Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan 501 (c)(3) foundation that advances First Amendment freedoms through initiatives that include the Religious Freedom Center, NewseumED, 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 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.


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