Some of you may or may not know this but I graduated (in 2014) with a B.A. in Journalism and have always had a love for news, politics (which led me to graduating with a minor in Political Science) and current events! Although I’ve always loved reading and writing and a lot of my high school teachers suggested I study/major in English, I am so HAPPY I went with journalism! The skills I learned through my journalism courses definitely helped me to become a better thinker, writer, listener, speaker, problem solver and it honestly helped me realize my passions for the commutations field as a whole. During my sophomore year in college, I had a journalism course where we would start each class by looking at “Today’s Front Pages” from the Newseum’s website and have a group discussion. The more I used the recourses from the Newseum’s site, the more I fell in love with it. I mean, a museum dedicated solely to news?!! Where had this place been all my life? Oddly enough, I had visited Washington D.C. several times and never got the chance to visit the Newseum, so I made it my mission to finally visit during my trip to D.C. last August. Sadly, I thought I had lost these images (hence why I didn’t post about this five months ago. I’m always misplacing those darn memory cards) but last weekend when I was reorganizing my room, I found the missing memory card (hooray!)
Seeing ‘Today’s Front Pages’ posted right outside the Newseum instantly brought me back to my sophomore year of college (I can’t believe this summer will mark TWO YEARS since I graduated college!?!) Unlike on the website, where they post the top five or six newspapers of that day, this display outside the Newseum had the newspapers of basically every major city (of course I had to get a picture of the Chicago Sun Times!)
One of the first things I did during my visit to the Newseum was visit The Berlin Wall Gallery. The gallery features eight 12-foot-high concrete sections of the original wall — the largest display of unaltered portions of the wall outside of Germany.
After exploring The Berlin Wall Gallery, I visited the 9/11 Gallery, which showcases the extraordinary first-person accounts of journalists who covered 9/11. It also includes a tribute to New York photojournalist William Biggart, the only journalist who died covering the attacks — and some of his final photographs.
I’ve always been a HUGE comic book fan so I definitely appreciated the Newseum’s comic book installation.
My FAVORITE exhibit at the Newseum was definitely the Pulitzer Prize Photograph gallery! The gallery features photographs from every Pulitzer Prize-winning entry dating back to 1942 (it was so AMAZING!) Here are a few of my favorite photos from the exhibit:
Another one of my favorite exhibits was the First Dogs exhibit which highlighted presidents and their pets (because who doesn’t love looking at portraits of adorable dogs?!)
The Newseum also had this awesome exhibit (who am I kidding, they were all awesome) that highlighted different big new stories throughout the years like the moon landing, the Kennedy assassination, the Boston Marathon Bombing and the Ferguson protests.
Sorry for the photo overload, the Newseum just had so many amazing exhibits that I couldn’t help myself (seriously, these photos doesn’t do the Newseum justice!) Here are a few more of my favorite photos from my trip to the Newseum:
I plan on visiting Washington D.C. again this May and I’ve already made plans to visit the Newseum again! If you’re ever in the D.C. area, I HIGHLY recommend giving the Newseum a visit (especially if you’re a news junkie like me!)
Have you ever visited the Newseum? What’s your favorite museum?