Thank You, Newseum

You’ll have to excuse what may seem like a period of mourning for many news lovers. Yesterday, Freedom Forum, the creator and primary funder of the Newseum, announced that the building which houses the Newseum, has been sold to John Hopkins University. The Newseum will remain in the building through the end of 2019.

The Newseum is the only museum in Washington, D.C. dedicated to press freedom and the first amendment.

The most sacred area in the Newseum, is their memorial to fallen journalists.

Google best museums or attractions in D.C., and you will see the Newseum often makes the list. After yesterday’s announcement, reaction on social media was one of sadness and heartbreak.

I first visited the Newseum at its original location in Arlington, Virginia. And was ecstatic when they announced they would be moving to Washington, D.C. It opened at its current location on Pennsylvania Avenue on April 11, 2008.

The Newseum is not only home to powerful exhibits, but they have had great programs such as Inside Media and The President And The Press, featuring incredible speakers.

In June 2017, I had the pleasure of hearing veteran White House correspondent April Ryan speak about what it has been like to cover the White House. She also signed copies of her book At Mama’s Knee.

In April 2015, Tavis Smiley visited the Newseum and talked about his book My Journey With Maya.

Some of my favorite moments at the Newseum, have included hearing author and commentator Tavis Smiley, and White House correspondent April Ryan, speak and sign books.

If you are in the Nation’s Capital, soak up all that you can of the Newseum this year.

A favorite attraction for many at the Newseum, it the observation deck. Not only is it a beautiful view overlooking the city. But it is powerful moment to be at a museum dedicated to the first amendment, and look out at the Capitol building.

And most importantly, let’s all re-dedicate ourselves to supporting those organizations that have committed themselves to press freedom.

Thank you for all that you have done so far, Newseum. Here’s hoping that your story will continue at a different location, still in the heart of D.C.

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Remembering Fallen Journalists

Mark your calendars for May 3, 2016, recognized as World Press Freedom Day.

On this very special and solemn day, interested citizens, and those in the news media, will join together in remembering journalists who have paid with the ultimate sacrifice, their life, while simply doing their job and bringing us the news.

This amazing day of rememberance of fallen journalists is the brainchild of Sarah Jones Reports, in collaboration with Plus Social Good, Committe to Protect Journalists, etc.

I already hear you asking, ‘how can I get involved?’

Easy!

Visit the Remembering Fallen Journalists+Social Good Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/908473779231045/ 

On May 3, you can participate in many ways, including:

1. Wearing a black Press ribbon. Here is the one I proudly wore last year on May 3, in honor of World Press Freedom Day 2015 and remembering fallen journalists.

  
2.  Between 6:oo PM and 9:00 PM your local time on May 3, use your social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook etc.) to post in honor of fallen journalists. Use the hashtag #remembering. 

Last year, I spent World Press Freedom Day at the Newseum. The Newseum is a haven not only for journalists, but for anyone interested in ensuring a free press and the values enshrined in the First Amendment.

I made sure to stop by the World Press Freedom exhibit and the Journalists Memorial.

  
   
  

 I look forward to participating again this year, and hope to see many others #remebering fallen journalists.

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