Newseum Reflections

Jessica Wen, Editorials Editor

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The Newseum, located in our nation’s capital, offers many interesting exhibits and interactive activities. All seven floors offer extensive information about different aspects of journalism, such as the evolution of media, important periods of history in which media played a dominant role, how the F.B.I uses the media, Pulitzer Prize winners, and so much more.

One exhibit which I found most interesting was the Pulitzer Prize exhibit. The Newseum curators compiled a great collection of photographs taken since 1942, including captures of Babe Ruth’s retirement and the current Refugee Crisis. After visiting this part of the museum, I learned the impact that a single photograph can make. For example, a 2016 Pulitzer-Prize-winning photograph showed the hardships that refugees must endure escaping their countries.

Unlike some written news stories, a picture of the moment really wakes the reader up and shows them that this is the reality, that it is really happening. One photo that made an impact on me was the Turkish refugees, who just arrived in Greece, grasping onto their boat and climbing into the water to appease their excitement of arriving to a new life. It captures the reader and evokes feelings of happiness and hope. Another winner showed the story of a young boy, who was nearly beaten to death, and his recovery and further hardships. Many photos also show happy moments in history that are reminders of the hope that resides in our world. One example of this is the photograph captured of an Olympic gold-medalist celebrating with his family.

Another exhibit that really stood out to me was the memorial dedicated to all the journalists who died doing their job. This showed me the dangers of reporting on some sensitive issues. One boost to reality was the photo of two reporters from Virginia who were killed while broadcasting, who claims was wronged. Many reporters put themselves in harm’s way to ensure that the public will know exactly what is going on. Other reporters are targeted for murder because of their reporting. The memorial features a collection of photographs stretching all the way to the ceiling of reporters who have passed away because of their assignments. Many journalists are featured with a small summary of their work and the reasons for their death. This opened my eyes to just how dedicated journalists are to their work and how brave they are.

Newseum Reflections