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About the Al Neuharth Media Center

Providing educational programs for professional and student journalists


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Allen H. Neuharth
Al Neuharth

The Freedom Forum established the Al Neuharth journalism and scholarship program at the University of South Dakota in 1988 to honor the South Dakota native and 1950 USD journalism graduate. Neuharth is founder of USA TODAY, the nation's largest daily newspaper, and founder of the Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people.

The Freedom Forum's South Dakota operations focus on journalism education, the First Amendment and diversity in newspaper newsroom staffing, with an emphasis on American Indians. The Freedom Forum runs the annual American Indian Journalism Institute at USD, funds the Native American Newspaper Career Conference at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, S.D., and promotes excellence in journalism through teaching, conferences, scholarships and internships.

Offices and conference facilities are in the Al Neuharth Media Center, a $5 million building renovation funded by the Freedom Forum and the USD Foundation. Dedicated in 2003, the state-of-the-art center houses the media and journalism organizations on campus, including South Dakota Public Broadcasting, USD's Department of Contemporary Media and Journalism, the Native American Journalists Association, The Volante, which Neuharth edited as a student, campus radio station KAOR and television station KYOT.

Jack Marsh, executive director
Al Neuharth Media Center
University of South Dakota
555 Dakota St.
Vermillion, SD 57069
605/677-6315; fax 605/677-6388


Native American Newspaper Career Conference to be held at Crazy Horse Memorial
News release More than 100 Native American high school and college students are being recruited to attend the sixth annual Native American Newspaper Career Conference April 19-21 at Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  03.04.05

Applicants sought for 5th American Indian Journalism Institute
Institute has begun accepting applications for the three-week college-level journalism training program.  01.26.05

Native American students encouraged to be 'agents for change'
Head of American Indian journalists group tells class at Freedom Forum training program that they can help give voice to their people.  06.10.04

Neuharth: News media 'have failed Native Americans'
Freedom Forum, USA TODAY founder expresses disappointment at under-representation of American Indians in industry during speech to journalism institute.  06.09.04

S.D. governor tells students he has worked to improve race relations
But while many strides have been made, much work remains to be done, Mike Rounds tells group at American Indian Journalism Institute.  06.09.04

Cynics, skeptics, free press, fair press
Commentary Al Neuharth gave this speech at the dedication of the Al Neuharth Media Center in South Dakota.  12.01.03