Grace Fischer, editor-in-chief of the Monroe-Woodbury High School newspaper, The Crusader News, has been selected to represent New York State at the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference in Washington, D.C. She will join 50 other students at the five-day all expenses paid conference in Washington, D.C. in June and will receive a $1,000 scholarship paid to the school of her choice.
The annual Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference program targets rising high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism and who demonstrate qualities of “free spirit.”
Students come to Washington, D.C., to participate in an all-expenses-paid journalism conference at the Newseum, located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. This program began in 1999 and is funded by the Newseum Institute to honor Al Neuharth, the founder of USA Today, Newseum and the Freedom Forum. The conference is designed to inspire and encourage students to pursue journalism.
“I’m proud of all of the work that Grace has done over the last three years with the The Crusader News. Grace has been instrumental in developing, growing and promoting the newspaper’s website. She deserves this award and I know she will use this opportunity to grow as a journalist and as a citizen. We look forward to Grace sharing all that she learns during this prestigious conference,” said Crusader News advisor Rob Irwin.
Visit the conference homepage for more information.