I have never been a huge fan of museums and in New York I visited a fair amount, so the thought of visiting even more museums in DC was not all that exciting to me. Although the Newseum changed that, the six-story building full of news related history.
After riding the glass elevator up to the sixth floor I was in awe of the view the museum had for the city. While it was a cloudy and rainy morning the view was still breathtaking nonetheless. I also really enjoyed looking at the display cases filled with the front pages of newspapers from all over the world. Having been raised in Washington my entire life, I headed straight towards the section where the Washington front page would be posted thinking that it would likely be the Seattle Times and that the Seahawks would be the cover after the huge win the night before. I was surprised when I made it to the Washington section to find the Spokesman Review has the paper representing Washington.
Another exhibit that I found powerful in the museum was the 9/11 exhibit. As we sat and watched the video of reporters talking about being on the scene and taking risks to get footage and tell the public what was happening yet at the same time having to find where to draw the line in order to protect themselves from the danger zone they were currently reporting on. The passion the reporters had for their jobs and sharing the information they knew with the public was clear in the video.
The last exhibit that really stood out to me was the Pulitzer Prize photograph section. While many of the photos were heart wrenching, especially when you read the caption about background regarding the photo. The photos captured history and did a great job of making the viewer feel as if they were there. I always tend to forget about how important the job of a photo journalists is, but after spending sometime in the exhibit and hearing the individuals we got to visit with at Getty Images, I have a lot more respect for photojournalist and the job they do.
While I have visited many museums during my time on this trip, I have to say my favorite by far was the Newseum. While I don’t plan on going into the career of journalism, I have respect for the drive those who do make it a career have for news and finding the answer. A drive that became so clear during my time at the Newseum.