I snapped this with my telephone. I Forgot my camera
So from level 6, I worked my way down. I won't bore you with all the details but here are a few of the highlights:
Be sure to catch the "Big Screen Theater on Level 5 and the 9/11 Gallery on Level 4. The Internet, TV and Radio Gallery on Level 3 is also noteworthy. If you're interested in putting your TV Reporter skills to the test, you can pay $5 and give a live news update on camera. They allow you to chose from a group of prearranged backgrounds including the White House and the Capitol and either read a scripted news story or come up with your own. The story is then available immediately for your review and you can download your copy from the Internet when you get home. Kind of quirky but perhaps a nice memento to remember your trip and visit. On level 2 there is an interactive Ethics Center which allows you to experience some of the tough decisions journalist face in their work. You will enjoy playing the games and working through the scenarios. Last but not least, on Level 1 I found two very interesting attractions. The first is the 4-dimension (4-D) film "I-Witness!", which brings to life the experiences of three inspiring journalists. The second is the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery. This was probably my favorite exhibit. Here I discovered not only the photos but also the emotions inspired by the times and experiences illuminated by the photographers who snapped these shots . Many of the photos were quite familiar. Some were not suitable for children. All were worth seeing! Here are just a few.....
Go to: WWW.Newseum.org to get more photos and information on Newseum.
Overall, I found the "Newseum" well worth the time and money. I would suggest no less than two full hours to adequately view the displays. For me, my visit was a chance to relive much of our history and appreciate the impact of journalism in our world. I was also faced with the realization that much in the world that is "News" really isn't very pleasant. Death and destruction seemed to prevail. Tragic events are often the news that stands out. Such was the case in the "Newseum."
On a departing note, I leave you with this:
The late NBC’s Tim Russert, a Newseum trustee, said, "The Newseum made a pretty good impression in Arlington, but at your new location on Pennsylvania Avenue, you will make an indelible mark."
I think he's right!