Articles about "Newseum"


Newseum relents, will display weeklies after protest by editors

Front pages from the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Biloxi Sun Herald are seen on display at the Newseum in Washington for their exhibit on press coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
A daylong protest by weekly newspaper editors from around the U.S. against the Newseum’s snubbing of community journalism resulted in the Washington, D.C., museum changing its policy to include weeklies in its Today’s Front Pages exhibit.

For years, the Newseum has featured a daily roundup of front pages, both electronically and along its Pennsylvania Avenue exterior. The electronic archive includes PDFs sent in each day by hundreds of newspapers, both U.S. and international. The ground-floor exhibit, visible to passersby, includes a newspaper from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and a dozen other countries. (more...)
1 Comment

First day of spring? Many newspaper fronts still have snow

Happy spring! Or maybe, happy spring? Signs of the season showed up on the front pages of many of the country's newspapers on Thursday, followed by question marks, (both actual and implied thanks to the snow.) All fronts courtesy the Newseum.

From the La Crosse (Wis.) Tribune:

The Burlington (Va.) Free Press offered flowers, at least:

The (Waterbury, Conn.) Republican-American isn't convinced:

Screen Shot 2013-12-25 at 5.41.53 AM

As fewer people read newspapers, more share their front pages

Newspapers are dying. But their front pages aren’t.

At a time when print advertising revenue continues to decline and publications are laying off staff in droves, newspaper covers are increasingly being shared digitally — helped along by the ease of … Read more


For Veterans Day, some newspapers tell love stories

Newseum | The Washington Post | CJR | Time
Most of the country's newspapers led the day with images of flags, or veterans, young and old, together and alone, remembering and trying to forget. But a few newspapers told love stories.

The Gainesville Sun fronts a story from the Salisbury (N.C.) Post that's woven through letters during World War II. (more...)
1 Comment

Newseum is ‘struggling mightily to cover its costs’

Associated Press
Admission fees at the Washington, D.C., museum covered about 10 percent of its costs in 2011, Brett Zongker reports. The Newseum -- which costs $22 for adults to visit -- relies heavily on the endowment of the Freedom Forum, which funds the museum:

In 2011, the endowment provided nearly half the Newseum’s $63.7 million revenue. In 2010, it was more than half.
Consultant David Ellis tells Zongker he considers the museum's reliance on Freedom Forum's endowment “a red flag because they are basically using the principal of the endowment, to some degree, to pay for operations."

Freedom Forum CEO James Duff made $1.6 million in 2011, including $1.4 million in deferred compensation. The Freedom Forum was established by former Gannett CEO Al Neuharth, who died earlier this year. The museum laid off 16 people earlier this year in what it called a restructuring.

The museum is hardly the only news-related education entity that has struggled financially.

Newseum reconsiders inclusion of al-Aqsa journalists at D.C. memorial

Newseum | Politico | CBS News | Buzzfeed | The Atlantic Wire
The Newseum reconsidered the inclusion of two suspected terrorists in its Monday rededication of its Journalists Memorial after several journalists and advocacy groups raised concerns.

Al-Aqsa cameramen Hussam Salama and Mahmoud Al-Kumi were initially part of the group of 84 journalists killed on the job whose faces were projected onto a screen at the Newseum's Washington, D.C., memorial. Jewish groups and conservatives opposed their inclusion, citing al-Aqsa's backing by Hamas. Buzzfeed's Rosie Gray wrote about how the Newseum defended their inclusion as recently as Friday.

Associated Press
The museum issued a statement Sunday saying it was not including the pair, after all.

"A number of serious questions have been raised and we are going to take our time to re-evaluate the circumstances surrounding the deaths of these two men," Jonathan Thompson, manager of media relations, told Poynter via email. "Moving forward we’ll establish a new initiative to explore, discuss and address some of these challenging new issues." (more...)

Newseum says it laid off 16

Gannett Blog
The Newseum says it "eliminated 16 positions" this week. The Gannett blog reported the Freedom Forum, which funds the Newseum, "laid off 20% of approximately 150 employees at the Washington museum and other programs financed by the foundation":
These are just the latest cuts since the museum opened in new quarters in 2008 that cost nearly double the original $250 million construction estimate.
In a statement sent to Poynter earlier Thursday, the Washington, D.C., museum says the cuts were part of a "restructuring," and that new hires will get the museum back to its pre-layoff staffing level. In a later statement, Freedom Forum CEO James Duff said " When the Newseum's restructure is complete, we will actually have more associates at the Newseum than before." Duff was paid $1.6 million in 2011, Gannett Blog reports. The Newseum laid off 29 full-time staffers in 2009. Correction: This post originally got James Duff's first name wrong.
WTOP reporter Neal Augenstein is donating this iPhone and a custom microphone stand he designed to hold it at press conferences.

WTOP ‘mojo’ pioneer donates iPhone to the Newseum

WTOP radio's mobile-journalism pioneer Neal Augenstein covers D.C.-area news using only his iPhone. Today, Augenstein and WTOP are donating his iPhone 4S to the Newseum, which welcomes it as an artifact of the new era of mobile-empowered reporting.

"I'm delighted the Newseum is recognizing that mobile journalism is taking its place along legacy reporting tools," Augenstein told me via email. "Being able to record and edit audio and video, take and edit pictures, write Web stories, and do social networking on a single device has revolutionized my job." (more...)
1 Comment

Newseum to waive admission fees on Sept. 10, 11

Romenesko Misc.
This will be the first time since the Newseum’s grand opening on April 11, 2008, that admission has been free to adults. (It had a kids-get-in-free promotion over the summer.) “Our 9/11 Gallery is one of the most visited and memorable exhibits in the Newseum,” says Newseum CEO Charles L. Overby. “We hope that by offering free admission on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, many more visitors will have an opportunity to experience this important reminder of why we should never forget 9/11.” (more...)