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Make Some Noise

Newseum Education — January 2019

"Your videos are quite informative, and since I am writing primarily for Independent Study units for our students, and these young adults are not necessarily taught how to research, I think your Media Literacy program is EVEN more important!"

— Darcy W., social science curriculum developer


NewseumED offers numerous resources online and at the museum to explore the struggle for racial equality and the people on the front lines. Among them:

  • Explore a searchable timeline featuring over 200 historical front pages, videos and photographs from the civil rights movement.
  • Use our media map to compare how newspapers across the country covered key events, including Brown v. Board of Education and the Little Rock Nine.
  • View "The Press and the Civil Rights Movement" video, with accompanying lesson plan and discussion questions.
  • Visit the "Make Some Noise" exhibit at the Newseum that explores young people in the 1960s who fought segregation by exercising their First Amendment rights.

See our compilation of resources.

No Cookies, but Lots of Sweet Happenings

We look forward to a sea of scouts on Saturday, March 2, for our 2019 Girl Scout Day at the Newseum. There'll be karaoke, a free expression station, games and special programs for the girls and their families. Scouts, leaders and families enjoy a discounted admission rate of $11. Kids age 6 and younger are free. Order tickets by Feb. 1 and receive a free commemorative patch.

Great Opportunity for Student Journalists

Encourage your high school juniors to apply for a free trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the 2019 Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference on June 14-20. One rising high school senior from every state and the District of Columbia will be selected to attend the all-expenses-paid journalism conference at the Newseum. Each student is also awarded a $1,000 college scholarship. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1. Find the application form here.

EDCollection Tackles Free Speech Essentials

How free is free speech? Discover its limits and challenges in our Free Speech Essentials suite of resources. Sixteen provocative case studies explore historical and contemporary debates on free expression issues, from federalism and Facebook, to censorship and cyberbullying. The free curriculum aligns with state and national standards as it guides students to take a position, find evidence to support it, and report out. Read the news story on its launch.

Let Us Come to You — Request a Free Workshop

It's not too late to request a complimentary professional development workshop on the First Amendment for your school or school district. We have a few openings left in our schedule to bring you First Amendment background and media literacy techniques to help students understand where and how they can exercise freedom of expression in a world of social media and social protests. It'd be a perfect fit for workday training. Find more information and a request form here.

New Student Class: Is It Fair? Evaluate Your Media

Have you heard about our newest class to confront complaints of media bias? Is It Fair? tunes up the "fairness meter" in your students to assess how objective or biased content really is. We give them the tools to make informed, impartial evaluations of the news they encounter in print, online and on social media. The class is for grades 7 to 12. Classes are free to school groups with admission, and must be scheduled in advance.

Meet Our Newest Staff Member

NewseumED is pleased to welcome Pierce McManus to our team as director of digital communications and outreach. Originally from the New York City area, McManus is a longtime resident of Washington, D.C., with over 20 years of digital communications, marketing and outreach experience. His past roles include director of communications and marketing for USAID's Grand Challenge initiative and senior digital producer at Arnold Worldwide, a global advertising agency. In his free time, McManus is an active member of the D.C. storytelling community and an avid runner.


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