Former Colgate University president hired as Newseum CEO

Jeffrey Herbst, the former president of Colgate University, will steer the Newseum through its financial difficulties as its new president and CEO.

Herbst was chosen from a pool of more than 300 candidates to lead the Washington, D.C.-based museum dedicated to the First Amendment, according to a press release. The museum touted Herbst’s fundraising acumen as among the reasons for his hire, citing his leadership of a $480 million fundraising campaign for Colgate University.

The Newseum, which was founded by USA Today founder Al Neuharth, has been searching for a new CEO since November, when Herbst’s predecessor James Duff left to become chief administrative officer of the U.S. Courts. He was replaced in the interim by former USA Today editor Peter Prichard.

In a statement, Herbst said he would help preserve the Newseum as an institution that will fight to champion the First Amendment. Read more

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Newseum’s front pages go dark to commemorate fallen journalists


Visitors seeking the Newseum’s customary offering of front pages from newspapers across the United States this morning are being greeted by a wall of blacked-out images.

The museum has redacted its catalog of front pages for the day in order to honor journalists killed reporting the news and to raise awareness of threats to press freedom worldwide. In total, the Newseum is memorializing 14 journalists who died on the job in 2014, including James Foley, Michel du Cille, Anja Niedringhaus, Simone Camilli, Luke Somers and Steven Sotloff.

The redaction is accompanied by a social media campaign, #WithoutNews, that invites Newseum visitors to consider life without the press. Since the campaign went live this morning, several journalists have offered interpretations of what that world might look like. Read more

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‘What #@!% blizzard?’ Front pages from the storm that missed New York and hit New England

Newseum’s collection of front pages had a lot of white on Wednesday, at least on the New England pages. In parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the front pages from the day after dodging winter storm Juno seemed a bit disappointed.

The Trentonian, Trenton, New Jersey:

Metro – New York Edition, New York, New York:
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Staten Island Advance, Staten Island, New York:
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Metro – Philadelphia Edition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

Juno did, of course, deliver in New England.

The Day, New London, Connecticut:

Kennebec Journal, Augusta, Maine:

Portland Press Herald, Portland, Maine:

The Boston Globe, Boston, Massachusetts:
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Boston Herald, Boston, Massachusetts:
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Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Massachusetts:

Sentinel & Enterprise, Fitchburg, Massachusetts:
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Images and newspapers from the civil rights movement are now on display at the Newseum

The Newseum

On Friday, the Newseum opened a new exhibit, “1965: Civil Rights at 50.” In the display are newspapers from the time, including this March 8, 1965 edition of the Dallas Morning News.

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That’s civil rights leader John Lewis being beaten by a state trooper, Newseum’s press release reports. The exhibit also includes images from “March,” a graphic novel by Lewis, who is now a Georgia congressman. Here are two more images from the exhibit:

Pennsylvania college students join the 1963 March on Washington, the largest civil rights protest in history. Photo Credit: Flip Schulke Archive

Pennsylvania college students join the 1963 March on Washington, the largest civil rights protest in history. Photo Credit: Flip Schulke Archive

Police and protesters face off over voting rights in Selma, Alabama, May 7, 1965, a day forever known as Bloody Sunday. Photo Credit: Spider Martin

Police and protesters face off over voting rights in Selma, Alabama, May 7, 1965, a day forever known as Bloody Sunday. Photo Credit: Spider Martin

The Newseum also has “Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement.” That exhibit includes a collection of things from Ferguson, Missouri, such as reporters’ notebooks and press passes. Read more

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2 projects collect media and things from the media in Ferguson

Photo by Laura A. Schatzman, St. Louis, August 14, 2014.

Photo by Laura A. Schatzman, St. Louis, August 14, 2014.

For months, the image stayed in her phone. Laura Schatzman didn’t know what to do with it, but she knew it was special — a crowd of hands reaching toward blue sky, framed by St. Louis’ Gateway Arch.

She saw it, got chills, and it stayed in her phone.

Schatzman, a landscape and urban designer, went to a prayer and service event at Central Reform Congregation the night after the grand jury ruled not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Mike Brown. They prayed and made goodie bags for kids at Ferguson’s library, and Schatzman met a professional photographer.

“I’ve had this buried deep for months now,” she told him, “I just don’t know what to do with it,” and she showed him the image she took with her iPhone at an Aug. Read more

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‘This stops today’: Images of protests on front pages and homepages

Many front pages and homepages showed images from protests in parts of the country on Friday as people continue responding to the no-indictment ruling against the New York police officer who killed Eric Garner. Here’s a collection of those fronts, from Newseum and various news sites. From yesterday, more images, including New York front pages, homepages after the news broke on Wednesday, and some political cartoons.

The Washington Post:


The Boston Globe:


Boston Herald:


BuzzFeed News:

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AM New York:







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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:


The Guardian:

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Newseum CEO James Duff leaves

The Associated Press

Newseum chief executive James Duff is leaving the D.C.-based journalism museum after three years, Brett Zongker reports.

Duff, who will return to his previous job as chief administrative officer of the U.S. Courts, will be replaced in the interim by Peter Prichard, who was previously editor of USA Today, Zongker writes. Jan Neuharth will take over for Duff as CEO of the Freedom Forum, the Newseum’s parent organization.

The Newseum’s financial outlook was improving in 2013, but it was still operating at a loss, Zongker writes:

Newly released financial documents show the Newseum still ran an operating deficit in 2013, but the deficit was reduced by half to $4.3 million compared with $8.3 million in 2012. Fundraising increased from about $1.3 million in 2012 to $3.3 million in 2013, though that’s still far less than other nonprofit museums.

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NEOMG finally explains why it took down John Kasich video

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Why the Northeast Ohio Media Group took down that John Kasich video

    Candidates were expecting an audio interview, not video, and the governor's office complained after the news org, which publishes and The Plain Dealer, posted it, NEOMG ombudsman Ted Diadiun writes. NEOMG VP of content Chris Quinn decided to pull the video and not explain his actions because "I thought that if I stated my reasons, the obvious next step would be people going to the candidates and asking them if they had any objection to putting the video back up. ...That would mean my error could put people into an uncomfortable situation." ( | Previously: "I have not written about this or given out quotes because I felt I was in an untenable position and could do nothing to help the situation," Diadiun said.

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Three fronts from Hong Kong that zoom in instead of out

Like I do most mornings, I combed through front pages from Newseum and early on Wednesday. I expected to see large images with huge crowds on the fronts of many papers, and I did. But I also saw a few images that stood out from the Hong Kong protests because of the way they zoomed in, both conceptually and literally.

The first comes from Die Tageszeitung in Berlin, Germany:


The Sydney Morning Herald in Sydney, Australia, zoomed in, too, for a sight that feels both familiar and different from Ferguson. The two protests are not the same, of course, but there is something about seeing a person standing in defiance surrounded by tear gas that made me think of this iconic Ferguson image from Robert Cohen of The St. Read more

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‘Still a fan?’ Newspapers lead with Ray Rice

Here’s how newspapers around the country told the story of the video TMZ Sports got of Ray Rice knocking out his then fiancée. (On Monday, I shared a quick list of 5 resources for journalists covering domestic violence.)

To me, this video and these front pages bring up a lot of questions, including if news organizations should be showing it over and over and freeze-framing moments of it for the front page? What impact does that have on the victim? A few newspapers just ran with images of Rice, but many included screen shots of Janay Rice getting punched or passed out on the floor. On Monday night, Meredith Clark of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas tweeted in response to this piece from Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark. Read more

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