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Posted by on January 30, 2012

Field Trip: Newseum
Location: 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Contact: 888/639-7386
Grades: 4th – High School

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About the Museum:

Plan to spend the day at this monumental museum dedicated to news and the media.

The Story of News: This gallery tells the timeless story of news, of many voices struggling to be heard, and of the people and machines that spread that news.

Sitting in the Hot Seat: News breaks, and a deadline is looming. Can you prepare a complete, timely and accurate report? The Interactive Newsroom gives visitors a chance to play the role of a reporter or photographer.

9/11 Gallery: This gallery explores the horrendous events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the extraordinary challenges that faced the journalists trying to report the news to a shaken nation and world.

Getting the News Electronically: As technologies improved, the speed of news increased. First there was radio, carrying the sound of news simultaneously to thousands of listeners over long distances. Television and the Internet added impact.

Pulitzer Prize Photograph Gallery: This gallery features the most comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever assembled as well as interviews with many of the photographers.

Berlin Wall Gallery: The Berlin Wall was strong enough to stop a tank, but it couldn’t stop news from getting into East Germany by word of mouth, smuggled messages or radio and television.

First Amendment Gallery: On Dec. 15, 1791, the first 45 words of the Bill of Rights established the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. For the first time in history, a constitution guaranteed its people five fundamental freedoms.

Ethical Dilemmas in Journalism:
In the Ethics Center, interactive kiosks allow you to tackle real-life reporting dilemmas and see how journalists and other visitors responded. Or, you can challenge your friends to a fast-paced game on media ethics.

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