The Newseum - Not Just for News Junkies

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go see the Newseum in its two-year old new home at Pennsylvania and Sixth Avenue in Washington, DC, a few short blocks from the White House.  Who knew the Blackhawks would be in the Stanley Cup finals when we booked our trip.  At least, I got back in time to cover game two on Monday night.

The Newseum is a 250,000 square foot, six-story building.  To quote from the official press release, "The Newseum features 14 main exhibition galleries exploring news
history, electronic news, photojournalism, world news and how the media
have covered major historical events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall
and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks."
Unfortunately, we only got to spend two hours at the museum.  I
could have spent two days there.  So many fascinating exhibits.  My
family enjoyed them as well, so I know it didn't make a difference if
one is a member of the media or not.  I probably just appreciate it more
than most.

Among the things I really enjoyed:  A timeline
tracing the history of electronic news, from the first radio news
broadcasts, to the beginning of tv news journalism, and the impact of
the Internet on news.

Elivs! - A look at Presley's career from
the vantage point of the newspaper articles covering his meteoric rise
to fame, his appearances on the Ed Sullivan and Steve Allen Shows, as
well as his untimely death.  They also have memorabilia, such as
costumes, documents, and one of his motorcycles.  On display until
February of 2011.

9/11 Gallery - newspaper front pages from all
over the world and their coverage of the tragedy.

Pulitzer Prize
Gallery - as they bill it, "The most comprehensive collection of
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever assembled as well as interviews
with many of the photographers." Truly amazing.  Most people will
recognize a lot of the photos.

Getting a Feel for the News - a
fourteen minute 3-D film where the seats move in sync to the motion on
the screen. You view events from 18th, 19th, and 20th century
journalists, including Edward R. Murrow's dramatic reporting from a
London rooftop during a bombing raid in World War II.

For lots
more visit their website.  They
are open every day of the new except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and
New Years.

newseumcomplex2.jpg

The
Newseum complex - Washington, D.C.

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