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Free Press in America

Through a case-study format, participants learn about the five freedoms of the First Amendment, limits to the freedom of the press and discuss modern day challenges driven by new technologies.

Free Press in America explores the role of a free press in a free society and the media landscape in the United States. Through a case-study format, participants learn about the five freedoms of the First Amendment, limits to the freedom of the press and discuss modern day challenges driven by new technologies. This workshop is beneficial for visitors exploring the following topics:
  • Early U.S. history and the Bill of Rights
  • Rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy
  • Media’s mandate to keep government transparent and accountable
  • Impact of new technologies, including social media, on journalism

Booking Information

$18.95 (plus tax) per person for class and admission. 

*Option: If you’d like to include a 90-minute guided tour of the Newseum before or after your “Free Press in America” class, the total cost is $59.95 (plus tax) per person. That includes tour, class and admission.

How to register and enroll

To schedule this program or for more information, email or call the education hotline at 202/292-6650. Note: This program cannot be booked online, and is for groups, not individuals. 

Cancellation policy:

All sales are final. If you need to reschedule or cancel your program, please contact the Education Department at 202/292-6650 OR email before the date of your scheduled trip. There are no refunds for no shows or unused tickets.

Accessibility Questions?

Assistance (e.g. ASL interpretation, assistive listening, description) for programs/tours can be arranged with at least seven business days’ notice. Please contact AccessUs at or by calling 202/292-6453.

  • Topics:
    Current Events
    National Security
  • Theme:
    Historical Connections
  • Level:
  • Cost:
    $18.95 (plus tax) per person
  • Duration:
    60 minutes
  • Days Offered:
    Monday through Friday
  • Time Offered:
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learning Center or Documentary Theater
  • Capacity:
    Max 100 in the Documentary Theater
    Max 36 in the Learning Center
  • Minimum Enrollment:
    5 participants
  • Grade:
    Professional Development
  • Format:
    At the Newseum

Additional Information

Please bring your reservation confirmation with you on the day of your visit, and refer to our list of policies and procedures included to ensure a wonderful visit.

Location: Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave N.W., Washington, DC 20001 

Meeting Contact: Talisa Proctor, 202/292-6650

Arrival Procedures: Please enter through the main entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue. Your tickets will be held for you at the admission desk. The group coordinator or English language officer should locate a Newseum Visitor Services representative who will check the group in, distribute tickets and welcome your group. (Newseum tickets are valid for two consecutive days, so if anyone in your group wants to come back the next day for more exploration, they should keep their tickets for entry the following day.)  The Newseum resident educator will greet your group on the concourse at either the Documentary Theater or the Learning Center as designated in the confirmation email.

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