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Newseum Blends High-Tech
With Historical

The Newseum — a 250,000-square-foot museum of news — offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.

The Newseum is located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., on America’s Main Street between the White House and the U.S. Capitol and adjacent to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. The exterior’s unique architectural features include a 74-foot-high marble engraving of the First Amendment and an immense front wall of glass through which passers-by can watch the museum fulfill its mission of providing a forum where the media and the public can gain a better understanding of each other.

The Newseum features seven levels of galleries, theaters, retail spaces and visitor services. Its 14 galleries, 15 theaters, two state-of-the-art broadcast studios and dozens of interactive activities offer a unique environment that takes museumgoers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made.

Some of our visitors' favorites include:

  • The Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery, which boasts the most comprehensive collection of prize-winning photographs.

  • The News Corp. News History Gallery, where 500 years of newspaper front pages create a timeline of history as news.

  • The Berlin Wall Gallery, where visitors can stand beneath eight 12-foot-tall concrete sections of the original wall and a three-story guard tower.

  • The NBC News Interactive Newsroom, which provides fun for the whole family with news-themed games and the chance to give a live report on camera.

  • "I-Witness!", a 4-D time-travel adventure movie about three inspiring journalists and their impact on history.

"Visitors will come away with a better understanding of news and the important role it plays in all of our lives," said Newseum Executive Director and Senior Vice President Joe Urschel. "The new Newseum is educational, inspirational and a whole lot of fun."

To plan your visit, click newseum.org or call 888/NEWSEUM.

Every day, newseum.org features more than 500 newspaper front pages from around the world. Click here for links to the newspapers that participate. For an archive of past recaps, visit the Today’s Front Pages Archive here.

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About Journalist Memorial

Newseum Journalists Memorial
The Journalists Memorial, located in the Newseum in Washington, D.C., pays tribute to reporters, photographers and broadcasters who have died reporting the news. The names of 1,913 individuals from around the world are etched on the glass panels of the soaring, two-story structure.


Freedom Forum offers multimedia boot camp
Nov. 11-15 in Nashville

Journalism educators, professionals and students can develop and hone their skills in audio, photo and video storytelling at a Multimedia Boot Camp taught by the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute, Nov. 11-15, 2009, in Nashville, Tenn.

Freedom Forum offers multimedia boot camp
Aug. 9-14 in Nashville

Journalism educators, professionals and students can develop and hone their skills in audio, photo and video storytelling at a Multimedia Boot Camp taught by the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute, Aug. 9-14, in Nashville, Tenn.

American Indian Journalism Institute student applications due by March 1
An academic, scholarship and internship program run by the Freedom Forum at The University of South Dakota, the American Indian Journalism Institute is the premier journalism training and newsroom internship program for Native American college students. Click here
to read more about the program and complete an application.

Freedom Forum Names 19 Chips Quinn Scholars for Summer 2009 Internship Program
Nineteen students and young journalists from diverse backgrounds have been named Chips Quinn Scholars for summer 2009 by the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute and participating news organizations.

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