Tools for Journalists

Resources for covering news stories (From 2011 Reporter Institute)
New Media Tool Kit: An online toolkit with tutorials and resources for nonprofits and others to learn to use social media and digital media tools
Chicago is the World: ethnic media project led by journalist Steve Franklin at the Community Media Workshop
Web for Watchdogs: IRE slideshow that explains how to be a "smarter searcher" on the Internet
Paper and Database Trails: This slideshow from IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) explains how to get useful public documents and data
Specialized Reporting Institutes
Foundation Programs on the Military & National Security

Tools for Parents

Zero To Three's "Over There" Activity Book: helps reassure a child that Mommy or Daddy is thinking about him/her when they are away
Sesame Workshop’s "When Families Grieve": free resources in support of families with young children (ages 2 to 8), in the military and the general public, cope with the death of a parent

Extracurricular Activities for Youth (7th Grade – College )

Radio Arte: Become trained in radio broadcasting and digital audio production
Beyondmedia
Community Television Network
Free Spirit Media
Street-Level Youth Media: Learn video production and graphic design
True Star Magazine: Create a magazine during this paid apprenticeship
We the People Media
Young Chicago Authors: Attend free writing programs and take advantage of the Saturday writing program, Louder Than A Bomb and Say What magazine
One Economy
City Year Chicago
Mikva Challenge
Interfaith Youth Core
Generation PRX
After School Matters: Apply for a writing apprenticeship
Northdale Lawndale News: Write about your community
Columbia Links
Open Youth Networks

Tools for Learning

Resource Guide for Evaluation

Our Program Evaluation Guide is designed to provide nonprofit organizations a framework for thinking about evaluation as a relevant and useful program tool. This guide offers a number of useful methods, examples, and worksheets for you to use or modify to help make evaluation a part of your strategic development. See below to access a free, printable guide to evaluation. Please feel free to copy, paste and customize this document for your needs. We just ask that you credit the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

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Lesson Plans for Educators

We offer an array of lesson plans that can be used in conjunction with, or independently of a free visit from the Freedom Express, our mobile museum offering visitors an opportunity to explore their First Amendment freedoms. Click here to view complete selection for lesson plans.

For lessons and activities that relate directly to the Freedom Express see our Plan Your Visit page.

Classroom Activities

Discovery Trunks - hands-on, object-based learning kits available free of charge.
Freedom Express - traveling museum available, free of charge, to visit schools and community events.

Professional Development Opportunities

We offer professional development opportunities mainly for journalists and for middle and high school teachers in the realm of civic education, but they are open to anyone interested in learning more.
Illinois Civic Mission Coalition Professional Development Calendar
Specialized Reporting Institutes (Journalists)

Third-Party Classroom Resources

1 for All
Bill of Rights Institute
Constitutional Rights Foundation
iCivics
News Literacy Project
IndyKids
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