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Telecom students visit the Newseum in DC

Telecom students visit the Newseum in DC
Telecom students traveled to Washington, D.C. to visit the Newseum.
Photos by: Ray Price and Carl Daniels, Jr.

Telecom students recently had the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C. to visit the Newseum and get a first-hand look at the importance of journalism.

The Newseum is a museum dedicated to First Amendment rights like freedom of the press, and houses artifacts from historic news events. It explores how people are affected and shaped by historic events - and the reporting of those events.

The museum is 250,000 square-feet and has seven-levels, fifteen theaters, and fifteen galleries. It is located between the White House and the U.S. Capitol.

Exhibits pertaining to First Amendment rights include the Berlin Wall Gallery, Civil Rights, the First Amendment Gallery, and Editorial Cartoons. Some of the exhibits pertaining to news, news gathering, and reporting include: News History; the 9/11 Gallery; the Internet, TV and Radio Gallery; and the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery.

"Inside Today's FBI: Fighting Crime in the Age of Terror" is a popular exhibit about how the FBI operates in the post-9/11 world of cybercrime and terrorism. Artifacts and reproductions of devices used by terrorists are on display, including a replica of the shoe packed with explosives worn by Shoe Bomber Richard Reid and the leather belts passengers used to restrain him.

The CONUS1 satellite TV truck reminded the students of their own remote production truck.

The Telecom students loved all the theaters with interesting and enlightening videos, the newspapers from around the world, the Berlin Wall exhibit, the artifacts from 9/11, and the memorial to journalists who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The interactive exhibits at the Newseum were a hit with the Telecom students.

The Berlin Wall exhibit features large sections of the original wall and the actual East German watchtower from Checkpoint Charlie.

At the 9/11 gallery, students could see first-hand the damaged antenna from the top of the World Trade Center, along with other artifacts from that tragic day.

On the lighter side, the students enjoyed the interactive exhibits, like the Interactive Newsroom gallery. There they could step into the reporter's role on a set, and read from the teleprompter, which to them is nothing new really, since they do that at Telecom all the time!

The social media exhibits were a fun place for the students, too, and the view from the terrace afforded a glimpse of big-city scenery.

Telecom Supervisor Ray Price and Instructor Carl Daniels, Jr. took the students on the field trip to expose them to the educational and thought-provoking exhibits there, and also as a reward for their hard work during the year.