ASNE members asked to help identify talented high school journalists

Know any free-spirited high school students in their junior year who are interested in journalism careers? Then let them know about the Freedom Forum's Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship and Journalism Conference, an all-expenses-paid journalism training workshop for 51 high school students -- one from each state and the District of Columbia. Students who complete the five-day course will be awarded $1,000 college scholarships. Applications are due Feb. 15, and the conference will be held July 9-14, 2011, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. For more about the conference and the application process, click view article.

Media contact: Karen Catone, director/Free Spirit program, 202/292-6271
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Washington, D.C. -- High school juniors with a passion for journalism have until Feb. 15, 2011, to apply for the annual Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship and Journalism Conference, July 9-14, 2011, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Eligibility is limited to students who are interested in journalism careers, who demonstrate qualities of “free spirit” and who are high school juniors in the 2010-2011 academic year. Online applications and more information are available at

The Al Neuharth Free Spirit program will select, teach, mentor and support 51 outstanding high school students, representing each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. They will participate in an all-expenses-paid journalism training conference at the Freedom Forum's Newseum, located on Pennsylvania Avenue between the U.S. Capitol and the White House.

Those who successfully complete the five-day workshop will be awarded $1,000 scholarships that will be paid to each student's college or university of choice in the fall of 2012.

The conference and scholarships are designed to inspire and encourage students to pursue journalism, to network with one another and to develop lifelong associations. The conference, hosted by Al Neuharth, includes full access to the Newseum, interaction with media leaders and journalists, hands-on training, tours of Washington's landmarks, plus fun and fellowship. The Free Spirit program began in 1999 and is funded by the Freedom Forum to honor Neuharth, the founder of the Freedom Forum, Newseum and USA TODAY.