Skip to comments.Newseum hailed free press, but got beaten by free museums
Posted on 12/27/2019 4:46:42 AM PST by John W
WASHINGTON (AP) In 2008, the Newseum a private museum dedicated to exploring modern history as told through the eyes of journalists opened on prime Washington real estate.
Sitting almost equidistant between the White House and the Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue, the glass-walled building became instantly recognizable for its multi-story exterior rendition of the First Amendment.
Eleven years later that experiment is coming to an end. After years of financial difficulties, the Newseum will close its doors Tuesday.
Were proud of how we did our storytelling, said Sonya Gavankar, the outgoing director of public relations. We changed the model of how museums did their work.
The building was sold for $372.5 million to Johns Hopkins University, which intends to consolidate its scattered Washington-based graduate studies programs under one roof.
Gavankar attributed the failure to a variety of factors but acknowledged that the Newseum's status as a for-pay private institution was a harder sell in a city full of free museums. A Newseum ticket costs $25 for adults, and the building is right across the street from the National Gallery of Art and within blocks of multiple Smithsonian museums.
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I dont think media people realize how much normal Americans despise them.
I’m sure the Walter Duranty exhibit was a big draw...
We changed the model of how museums did their work. -— LOL.
Yes, they served as an example of how not to select curations that might attract droves of visitors. Great work!
Good riddance, Fake Museum!
Free? What do you think, museums grow on trees?
A shrine to America hating propagandists failed. Sounds like a good day.
The Newseum’s press kit crossed my desk when I was on my last newspaper job before retiring.
At the time I thought: “This whole project is nothing but the media patting itself on the back, something it does with rather nauseating frequency. But I don’t think the public is going to go for this.”
Self-congratulation is a big part of the culture of journalism. It was when I started my career in the early 1980s, and there seems to be no end to it.
On most of the newspapers I worked for, we’d actually pull people away from their regular duties to put together journalism award submissions.
I always thought this was nothing but a hassle and a waste of time.
I was in the newspaper business for more than 25 years. Daily deadlines were no problem, for the most part.
But special projects — including press association award packets — were a misery, if for no other reason than you were usually also filing daily copy while trying to make time for the project work.
The usual result was a mad rush to complete the award packets — or whatever — a day or two before deadline.
The only good thing I can say about these projects is that, having survived one, you were thrilled to get back to covering zoning commission meetings.
A museum of modern journalistic history, hmmmm, ???
If their version of history included our last century, then certainly one of their idols had to have been Joseph Goebbels.
“I dont think media people realize how much normal Americans despise them.”
Long ago I used to get letters to editor written in the (large) local newpaper. So I’d pass them around, thought some were really good, others so-so. One of the so-so ones attacked the media, and the (mostly non-political) people saw it and thought it was just great.
...and that was DECADES before we learned of the Deep State, or the Syria Hoax, or God knows what other lies.
Better know as the “Steaming Bullshit and Fake News Arcade”.
Around 2011, I spent two hours in the Newseum (roughly $20-$25 for entry). At the conclusion, I asked myself what exactly was worth the money, and noted this as one of the bottom five places in DC for any tourist to see. I counted roughly thirty people there on a Saturday (20 of them were kids).
It is in a fine location....between the White House and Capital building, and obviously someone spent a lot of money. But there was nothing to attract people.
This comment made me laugh. It’s been so long since I read an Atlanta paper I didn’t know “Dixie” was gone.
“I gave up on the ‘news’ when the Atlanta Journal stopped calling the ‘Dixie Living Secton’ the Dixie Living Section...they had to make it PC and that told me all I needed to know. Their tagline used to be, “ covers Dixie like the Dew” that went away too.”
They are lying of course. No surprise since they are just part of the fake news, lying by omission. The Nauseum had free admissions for tens of thousands of younger propaganda victims, i.e. students. The fee for getting propagandized was as follows:
The asterisk is because they limited the number of chaparones. I went as a chaparone many years ago when the Nauseum was still in Rosslyn. Even then it was a liberal / leftist propaganda mill.
I think the people wanted to see a museum dedicated to people who actually DID something, not write or endlessly pontificate about those that actually did.
Not worth the money. If the Newseum was free also, it would still be too much.
Media thought it would be a success...but no, it failed like most Media should do...
Word got out that it was a building filled with lies.
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