The Freedom Forum was founded in 1991 when the Gannett Foundation, started by publisher Frank E. Gannett as a charitable foundation to aid communities where his company had newspapers, sold its name and assets back to Gannett Company for $670 million. Retired Gannett chairman and USA Today newspaper founder Al Neuharth took the money and the shell of the foundation and formed the Freedom Forum. Its mission was to foster "free press, free speech and free spirit."
It runs the First Amendment Center and the Newseum Institute at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. It is also the creator and parent company of the Newseum, a museum dedicated to the history of news, which opened in 1997 in Rosslyn Va., and re-opened in 2008 in Washington, D.C..
- "The Freedom Forum’s Shrinking Endowment". American Journalism Review. November 2001. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
- "About the Freedom Forum". Freedom Forum. Retrieved July 8, 2011.
- "James C. Duff Is Named Freedom Forum President and CEO". May 31, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
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