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All 51 Free Spirit scholars pose for a group photo on the roof of the Newseum in downtown Washington D.C., in view of the U.S. Capitol Building. The Newseum was a central feature of the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference and served as the site of many of the presentations and group activities in which the Free Spirits took part.

By Nolan DeGarlais, Editor-in-Chief

December 1, 2019

From the moment the plane took off, I was nervous. However, this was not particularly unusual for the occasion, as I always found myself somewhat anxious in the lead-up to national journalism conventions. The biggest surprise of the convention, though, came immediately after my plane landed at Los Ange...

To student journalists: The future is in your hands

Hawkeye Co-Editor-in-Chief Annika Prom enters a message into late USA Today founder Al Neuharh's personal typewriter. Free Spirits Sophie Ryland (Texas) and Mikaela Prestowitz (Nevada) watch her type a personal thank you to him as she cries. Photo courtesy of the Freedom Forum Institute.

By Annika Prom, Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 30, 2018

With as much crushing anguish and genuine happiness it brought to me, I managed to keep it a secret from my family for months leading up to an email I received during spring break. I opened my phone notifications and grazed over the subject line, too shocked to fully process that I would represent ...

Making the Newseum my home and 50 other student journalists my family

By Stephi Smith, Executive Editor

December 2, 2016

Sometime in the January of 2015 I tweeted “the Newseum is literally my home” after having taken a trip while visiting D.C. for a national high school journalism trip and later, in June of 2016, that became all too true. From June 18-23, I was able to make that tweet a reality when I spent f...

HAWKEYEWITNESS: Inauguration up close and personal

HAWKEYEWITNESS: Inauguration up close and personal

By admin

January 28, 2013

Editor's Note: Freshman Kendra Potoshnik traveled to Washington D.C. to attend President Obama's second inauguration last week. Prior to leaving, Potoshnik agreed to serve as a contributing reporter for the Hawkeye and our readers covering the festivities on our behalf. This is her personal account of ...

The “other” Washington

Dave Eggen | Freedom Forum
The Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference Class of 2012.

By AnhViet Nguyen

August 1, 2012

%%wppa%% %%slide=6%% Reflecting on my week at the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference is a uniquely difficult task. I could write a novel but I’ll try to succinctly recount my mid-July experience. Each year, the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference brings together 51...

Nguyen represented Washington state to D.C.

By Erick Yanzon

July 22, 2012

One of the Hawkeye news editors, AnhViet Nguyen, went to a trip to Washington D.C. at the annual Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference program from July 14 to 19. He was chosen to represent the Washington state, to be part of the 51 students from each state, including the District of Columbia....

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