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Current press releases Numbers and dates About the Newseum and Freedom Forum

Media Contacts: Cathy Trost, vice president/exhibits, programs and media relations 202/292-6330 [email protected] Jonathan Thompson, media relations coordinator 202/292-6353 [email protected]

Media Contact: Jonathan Thompson, 202/292-6353 [email protected]

April 24, 2012

Newseum Unveils HP New Media Gallery on April 27

Exhibit Explores Social Media's Growing Role in Journalism

WASHINGTON -- On Friday, April 27, the Newseum will open the HP New Media Gallery, an innovative, interactive experience that uses the latest technology to allow visitors to step into a multidimensional social network, demonstrating new media's powerful impact on our world. The 2,500-square-foot gallery is the first permanent addition to the museum since its grand opening in 2008. "The rapid rise of new media is changing ways that news is generated, reported and absorbed by the public," said Jim Duff, CEO of the Newseum. "The HP New Media Gallery will help Newseum visitors understand, in a fun and engaging way, how social networks and mobile devices have fundamentally altered the journalism landscape." The HP New Media Gallery blends the latest in digital technology with the Newseum's critically acclaimed multimedia expertise to place visitors at the center of the news revolution. "As a world leader in technology development, we are excited to be part of such an innovative, engaging exhibit at the Newseum," said Carlos Montalvo, HP's vice president of innovation programs. "The cutting-edge HP products on display in the New Media Gallery illustrate how technology can help create new forms of communication and information sharing, which is reshaping our news media and society." The gallery features five groundbreaking interactive experiences and a multiscreen video presentation that illustrate the evolution and progression of global media. Live Twitter feeds fill touch-screen monitors and connect visitors with trending news stories. As visitors enter the gallery, they are directed to the "Check-In" area, where they can post photos of themselves to screens in the gallery and comment on events of the day. At two 11-foot-wide interactive touch walls, visitors are encouraged to explore dozens of important news events and viral videos, including the first Twitter reports of the 2008 China earthquake and the Facebook posts that fueled the Egyptian revolution in 2011. In the "Choose the News" area, visitors can flip through the latest news stories and build custom news pages, then publish them to a large video wall. The "Game Zone" features

motion-tracking technology that allows visitors to use hand gestures to test their knowledge of social media. Also on April 27, the Newseum will launch, where visitors can download their gallery photos and custom-made news pages, participate in daily polls and comment on news events as they happen. The HP New Media Gallery was made possible with support from the Hewlett-Packard Company. HP became a Newseum Founding Partner in 2010. The HP New Media Gallery features several futuristic technologies from HP, including HP Slate 500 tablet computers, HP VantagePoint touch walls and an HP Photon Engine solution, which create an immersive, high-touch experience for Newseum visitors. About the Newseum The Newseum -- a 250,000-square-foot museum of news and history -- offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. Within its seven levels of galleries and theaters, the Newseum offers a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. The museum is ranked one of the top attractions in Washington D.C. Visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. ###

Media Contact: Jonathan Thompson, 202/292-6353 [email protected]

Feb. 17, 2012

"Every Four Years: Presidential Campaigns and the Press" Opens Feb. 17 at the Newseum

WASHINGTON -- Every four years, Americans elect a president. And every four years, presidential candidates and reporters face off on the campaign trail. On Feb. 17 -- in time for Presidents Day weekend -- the Newseum, the interactive museum of news in Washington, D.C., will open a new election-year exhibit, "Every Four Years: Presidential Campaigns and the Press." The exhibit, sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and The Washington Examiner, will be on display through the 2013 inauguration and will close Jan. 27, 2013. The exhibit will explore how media coverage of presidential campaigns has evolved from William McKinley's 1896 front-porch campaign to Barack Obama's 2008 Internet campaign. Among the 120 artifacts on display are a microphone used by Franklin D. Roosevelt to deliver his famous "fireside chats," handwritten notes taken by John F. Kennedy during a 1960 presidential debate with Richard Nixon and the jacket worn by Hillary Rodham Clinton when she became the first person to use her own website to declare her candidacy for the presidency. A lighter side of the exhibit features costumes and props from "Saturday Night Live," "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report," comedy shows that have become almost mandatory stops on the campaign trail as politicians try to show a sense of humor and court new audiences. "`Every Four Years' gives Newseum visitors a glimpse into life on the campaign trail for candidates and the journalists who cover them," said Jim Duff, chief executive officer of the Newseum. "The relationship between presidential hopefuls and the press is an important part of the democratic process and goes to the core of the Newseum's mission -- to help educate visitors about our freedoms, the press and its role in a free society." An interactive area will allow Newseum visitors to create their own campaign photo ops by mixing various backgrounds and previous candidates including Hillary Clinton, John F. Kennedy, Sarah Palin and Ronald Reagan. Visitors also can choose their candidate for president in a special Newseum voting booth. The exhibit will be updated throughout the 2012 campaign to highlight the latest news and photos from the campaign trail. The exhibit also features an original 19-minute Newseum-produced film about the evolution of political ads on television and their influence on campaigns. "Every Four Years: Presidential Campaign Ads" spans the history of iconic campaign ads on TV, from Dwight D. Eisenhower's "I Like Ike" in 1952 to Barack Obama's "Yes, We Can" in

2008. It includes such controversial ads as the 1964 "daisy ad," which ushered in a new era of televised attack ads. The film is shown on a 100-foot-long video wall in the Newseum's Robert H. and Clarice Smith Big Screen Theater. Additional artifacts on display include items used by campaign press and candidates, as well as items related to political parody: · · · · · Bowling ball and size 14.5 bowling shoes used by candidate Barack Obama at a 2008 campaign stop in Altoona, Pa. The photo op didn't go as planned: Obama bowled a 37 in seven frames. "Florida, Florida, Florida" white board used by NBC's Tim Russert on election night 2000 to predict the key role the state would play in the outcome. Guitar -- labeled "The Prez" -- played by George H.W. Bush at a 1988 inaugural ball. Dallas Cowboys football jersey, with "Reagan 84" on the back, presented to Ronald Reagan at the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas. Suit, flag lapel pin and eyeglasses worn by Tina Fey as Sarah Palin in a 2008 "Saturday Night Live" sketch, and the blue suit with a Barack Obama pin worn by Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton.

Also on display will be a suffrage ribbon from 1920, the first year women could vote in every state. "AAUW is proud to sponsor this timely exhibit at the Newseum," said AAUW Executive Director and CEO Linda D. Hallman, CAE. "This is a great addition and complement to our AAUW Action Fund's My Vote campaign, which will inspire women to go to the polls in 2012. We're particularly pleased that the exhibit will pay homage to the rich history of women fighting for and earning the right to vote." Contributing sponsorship support is provided by The Washington Examiner. About the Newseum The Newseum -- a 250,000-square-foot museum of news and history -- offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. Within its seven levels of galleries and theaters, the Newseum offers a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. Visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. About AAUW The American Association of University Women (AAUW) advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Since 1881, AAUW has been one of the nation's leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW has a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 600 college/university institutional partners.

Media Contact: Jonathan Thompson, 202/292-6353 [email protected]

New Photography Exhibit Captures Legendary Moments in Sports History

"Photo Finish: The Sports Photography of Neil Leifer" Opens Friday, Nov. 18, at the Newseum

WASHINGTON -- On Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, the Newseum will open its newest exhibit, "Photo Finish: The Sports Photography of Neil Leifer." The exhibit features a career-defining selection of photographs taken by renowned photographer Neil Leifer, the man behind the camera during some of the greatest moments in sports. Leifer, who was 18 when his photos first graced the coveted real estate on the front of Sports Illustrated, went on to become one of the most celebrated sports photographers in history. "Photo Finish" includes nearly 50 of Leifer's best-known images, including one of the most famous sports photographs of all time: boxer Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston after knocking him out in the first round of their 1965 title fight. In 1999, Sports Illustrated selected the photo for the cover of the magazine's special issue, "The Century's Greatest Sports Photos." Among the other memorable moments captured in "Photo Finish" are Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi being carried off the field by his players after the team's 1968 victory in Super Bowl II, Secretariat en route to winning the Kentucky Derby in 1973 and the "Thrilla in Manila," the epic 1975 heavyweight title fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Each photograph is accompanied by the story behind the image, told in Leifer's own words. The exhibit also includes a Newseum-produced video in which Leifer talks about his photos and his famous subjects. "Great moments in sports often occur in a split second," said Jim Duff, chief executive officer of the Newseum. "Neil has distinguished himself by capturing those blink-of-aneye images time and again. He has an amazing gift and the spectacular photos we've selected for `Photo Finish' spotlight that talent." Since first picking up a camera more than 50 years ago, Leifer has photographed every major sporting event, including the Olympic Games, World Series, Super Bowl, World Cup, Kentucky Derby and the biggest title fights in boxing. His images have appeared on more than 200 covers of Time, Newsweek, People and Sports Illustrated, the magazine

where he launched his professional career. More than a dozen books of Leifer's photos have been published. His most recent publication is "Guts and Glory: The Golden Age of American Football, 1958­1978."

"Athletic competition offers photographers some of the most challenging yet rewarding photographic opportunities, but capturing the most decisive of moments requires true talent," said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. "Nikon is proud to sponsor `Photo Finish' at the Newseum, which serves as an inspiration for all those who experience Neil Leifer's stunning work." Nikon is the exclusive sponsor of "Photo Finish: The Sports Photography of Neil Leifer." The exhibit will be on display through Aug. 12, 2012. About Nikon Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the new Nikon 1 advanced camera with interchangeable lens system. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit, or connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook at and get the latest news and information from Twitter by following @Nikon_USA. About the Newseum The Newseum -- a 250,000-square-foot museum of news and history -- offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. Within its seven levels of galleries and theaters, the Newseum offers a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. Follow the Newseum on Facebook and Twitter. The Newseum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. For additional information, call 888/NEWSEUM (888/639-7386) or visit ###



The Newseum -- a 250,000-square-foot museum of news -- offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. The Newseum is located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., on America's Main Street between the White House and the U.S. Capitol and adjacent to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. The exterior's unique architectural features include a 74-foot-high marble engraving of the First Amendment and an immense front wall of glass through which passers-by can watch the museum fulfilling its mission of providing a forum where the media and the public can gain a better understanding of each other. The Newseum features seven levels of galleries, theaters, retail spaces and visitor services. It offers a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. Galleries and Exhibits The Newseum features 15 main exhibition galleries exploring news history, electronic news, photojournalism, world news and how the media have covered major historical events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. News Corporation News History Gallery. The Newseum's largest gallery -- built around the museum's collection of more than 30,000 historic newspapers -- traces more than 500 years of news and includes five theaters that explore specific themes. Cox Enterprises First Amendment Gallery. Through interactives, artifacts and exhibits, this gallery dramatically establishes the modern-day relevance of the five freedoms -- religion, speech, press, assembly and petition -- guaranteed by the First Amendment. Time Warner World News Gallery. Visitors can watch television news and compare press freedoms in more than 190 countries. A major storyline of this gallery is the dangers reporters face around the globe while reporting the news. Dramatic icons -- including a bullet-riddled, armor-reinforced pickup truck used by reporters and photographers in the Balkans -- illustrate the dangerous conditions in which journalists often work.


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Bloomberg Internet, TV and Radio Gallery. Devoted to the history of electronic news, this gallery features a timeline tracing milestones in the growth of radio, television and Internet news; an exhibit on newsman Edward R. Murrow; a digital news center that looks at how technology transforms journalism, "citizen journalists," convergent newsrooms and mobile journalists; and an original documentary that looks at the people and events from the "golden age" of television news, 1947-1969. Today's Front Pages. Visitors can see 80 newspaper front pages from around the world, enlarged and updated daily, and have electronic access to more than 800 front pages. The adjacent terrace features an exhibit on the history of Pennsylvania Avenue and offers an unparalleled view of the U.S. Capitol building. Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery. This gallery contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalism ever assembled. Visitors can view a Newseum documentary in which photographers explain their craft and can access an electronic database that will feature 1,000 images and 15 hours of video and audio compiled from interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers. Comcast 9/11 Gallery. Perhaps the first permanent museum exhibit devoted to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, this gallery looks at how the media -- in New York and Pennsylvania, at the Pentagon and around the world -- responded to one of the biggest news stories of the century, through Sept. 12 front pages, artifacts and a Newseum documentary that features journalists' accounts of their reactions that day. Berlin Wall. Featuring one of the largest collections of original Berlin Wall sections outside of Germany, this gallery examines the role of the media in the 30-year history of the wall. Journalists Memorial. The Journalists Memorial is a sweeping, two-story glass structure that includes names of journalists who died while reporting the news beginning in 1837 -- Elijah Parish Lovejoy of The Alton (Ill.) Observer. Each year, the Newseum rededicates the memorial, adding the names of journalists who died on the job during the previous year. ABC News Changing Exhibits Gallery. This gallery explores a wide range of media issues with displays on breaking news, media trends, news-event anniversaries and top photography. The Newseum's first major changing exhibit, "G-Men and Journalists: Top News Stories of the FBI's First Century," features some of the biggest cases -- and dramatic evidence -- from the FBI's first 100 years, including the Unabomber's cabin, John Dillinger's death mask and the electric chair in which convicted Lindbergh baby kidnapper Bruno Hauptmann was executed.


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Pulliam Family Great Books Gallery. This gallery features books and documents that help illustrate and illuminate the origins of freedom of the press. The oldest of the 19 works dates back more than 500 years to a 1475 printing of Thomas Aquinas' "Summa Theologica," a masterpiece that fused philosophy and theology. Other great works on display include a 1542 printing of the Magna Carta, Thomas Paine's "Common Sense," and a 1787 first pamphlet printing of the U.S. Constitution. The documents are preserved in low light, but sections of each are readable on interactive monitors through state-of-the-art page-turning software. The materials are on loan from the Remnant Trust. NBC News Interactive Newsroom. In this 7,000-square-foot interactive gallery, visitors can select any of 48 interactive kiosks or experiences where they can immerse themselves in the many roles -- photojournalist, editor, reporter, anchor -- required to bring the news to the public. The gallery features eight "Be a TV Reporter" stations that allow visitors to choose from a variety of video backdrops, take their place in front of the screen, read their report from a TelePrompter and see themselves in action. Bancroft Family Ethics Center. The centerpiece of the Ethics Center is the Ethics Table, a unique "group interactive experience" that challenges two teams of players to correctly answer a series of ethical questions and be the first to fill in the front page of their team's newspaper. Hewlett-Packard New Media Gallery. This state-of-the-art gallery features two 11-foot wide touch walls with dozens of interactive stories on new media milestones. Touch tables also allow visitors to create their own digital front page using live content from online news sites, social networks and blogs. Visitors can publish their work instantly to the gallery's large video screens or post them on the website. Studios and Theaters The Newseum is one of the most technologically advanced museums in the world. The Newseum ordered 100 miles of fiber-optic cable to link up-to-the-second technologies that include electronic signage and interactive kiosks, two broadcast studios, 15 theaters and a 40-by-22-foot high-resolution media screen. Knight Studio and the Knight Studio on Pennsylvania Avenue. The Knight Studio features cameras, monitors, lights and connectivity well beyond the industry standard and can be used for public affairs and news programs by major television networks. During such events, visitors may have the opportunity to be audience members. At other times, daily tours led by broadcast veterans will offer visitors a behind-the-scenes look at how a news studio works. A second, smaller studio will feature a dramatic live backdrop view of the U.S. Capitol. Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater. The Annenberg Theater is a flexible presentation space, capable of seating 450 visitors for public programs, film screenings, debates and artistic performances. In its primary daytime configuration, the theater presents "I-Witness," a customized, high-tech, four-dimensional interactive feature that takes visitors to great news events of history in a "you-are-there" experience that combines museum-quality content with theme-park excitement.


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Fourteen other theaters, including three Hearst Orientation Theaters and the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Big Screen Theater with a 100-foot-long video news wall, are spread throughout the Newseum, offering visitors a variety of diverse viewing experiences. Master Control. Situated in the middle of the interactive experiences and studios, the Master Control center will integrate the technology behind the Newseum into the experience itself. Visitors can watch technicians monitoring incoming and outgoing production broadcast feeds and controlling all aspects of the day-to-day activities in the entire museum, including kiosks, galleries and theaters. Additional Features Polshek Partnership Architects created several memorable experiences that emanate from the building's unique design. The Hank Greenspun Terrace on Pennsylvania Avenue treats visitors to panoramic views of the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall, unmatched by any other public facility in Washington. The view encompasses landmarks and monuments of American history -- the U.S. Capitol, the National Gallery of Art, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution and the Washington Monument. This 3,000-square-foot space features an 80-foot-long exhibit that traces the colorful history of Pennsylvania Avenue and the important news events -- from protests to presidential inauguration parades -- that have taken place on America's Main Street. The iconic New York Times ­ Ochs-Sulzberger Family Great Hall of News features a 90-foothigh atrium and a 40-by-22-foot high-definition media screen -- visible both inside and outside the museum -- that will feature historical and current events and breaking news. The Newseum also features a food court, two-level Newseum Store and a special entrance on the C Street side of the building for groups. In addition to the Newseum, the building includes a two-level, 24,000-square-foot conference center, a three-level restaurant -- the Source by Wolfgang Puck -- and more than 140,000 square feet of residential apartments. The building's total area -- including conference center, restaurant, offices and apartments -- is 643,000 square feet. Total project cost is expected to be approximately $450 million, including $100 million for the purchase of the site. PROJECT TEAM Building architect: Polshek Partnership Architects Exhibit design: Ralph Appelbaum Associates Project management: Tishman Speyer General contractor: Turner Construction Co.


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ADMISSION Hours The Newseum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. 2012 General Admission Rates Adults (19 to 64): $21.95 plus tax Seniors (65 and older): $17.95 plus tax Youth (7 to 18): $12.95 plus tax Children (6 and younger): Free Family Four Pack: $49.95 plus tax Group discounts are available. School Groups Public and private school students in grades 1­12 receive free, general admission. To qualify, schools must make group reservations in advance. The schools must be located in one of the jurisdictions listed below. College and university student groups located in the same areas listed below also receive free admission and must make group reservations in advance. Areas included in the free group-admission policy: Washington, D.C. Maryland Anne Arundel County Calvert County Charles County Frederick County Howard County Montgomery County Prince George's County St. Mary's County Virginia Arlington County Fairfax County Fauquier County Loudoun County Prince William County Stafford County City of Alexandria City of Fairfax City of Falls Church City of Manassas City of Manassas Park


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July 11, 2000: The Freedom Forum offers a financial package totaling $100 million to the District of Columbia to purchase the land at Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W., to relocate the Newseum and the Freedom Forum's headquarters from Arlington, Va. December 21, 2000: The deal between the Freedom Forum and the District of Columbia closes and the Freedom Forum transfers to the District an initial $25 million for the land purchase and a $25 million grant for housing development. June 21, 2001: D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams presents the keys of the former Department of Employment Services (DOES) building to Freedom Forum's Chairman and CEO Charles L. Overby, symbolically marking the official transfer of the property to the Freedom Forum. March 3, 2002: The Newseum in Arlington closes, having welcomed more than 2.25 million visitors in nearly five years of operation. October 29, 2002: The Freedom Forum unveils the design of the new Newseum and Freedom Forum headquarters to be built at Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W. December 4, 2003: The Freedom Forum breaks ground for the new Newseum in a ceremony at Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W. May 17, 2005: Construction of Newseum's subterranean floors completed. Work begins on the museum's superstructure. October 22, 2005: The first phase of structural steel installation begins. With three lanes of Pennsylvania Avenue closed for safety, crews assemble a 200-foot-high double crane. It takes 50 tractor-trailer trucks -- each 53 feet long -- to transport the crane's arms, rollers and weights. April 10, 2006: The Freedom Forum announces a partnership with Wolfgang Puck to open the Source by Wolfgang Puck, a fine-dining restaurant headlined by the legendary chef. -more-

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May 23, 2006: -- Eight news media companies and families announce that they will give $52 million to the building of the new Newseum. Each donor will become a founding partner of the Newseum, and major galleries/venues will bear their names. They are the following: The New York Times ­ Ochs-Sulzberger family, $10 million, Great Hall of News News Corporation, $10 million, News History Gallery The Greenspun family of Las Vegas, $7 million, Terrace on Pennsylvania Avenue NBC News, $5 million, Interactive Newsroom Time Warner, $5 million, World News Gallery Hearst Corporation, $5 million, Orientation Theaters ABC News, $5 million, Changing Exhibits Gallery The Pulliam family, $5 million, Great Books Gallery (Note: After the initial May 23 announcement, Hearst Corporation increased its contribution from $5 million to $6 million.) March 27, 2007: The Newseum announces that Cox Enterprises and the James M. Cox Foundation will give $6 million to sponsor the First Amendment Gallery. May 2, 2007: The Newseum announces that Robert H. and Clarice Smith will give $5 million to sponsor the Newseum's Big Screen Theater. May 8, 2007: The Newseum announces that the Annenberg Foundation will give $15 million to support the Newseum. In recognition of the gift, the Newseum will name its 450seat theater the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater. June 25, 2007: The first occupant moves into the Newseum Residences, luxury apartment homes located on the C Street side of the Newseum complex. Oct. 11, 2007: The Source by Wolfgang Puck opens to the public. March 19, 2008: Newseum executives unveil and dedicate the cornerstone of the new museum complex and announce that the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will give $25 million to sponsor the TV Studio, Pennsylvania Avenue Studio and Conference Center. April 11, 2008: The Newseum officially opens to the public and welcomes more than 10,000 visitors on its first day. #### Revised 10/14/09



643,000 Total square footage of the Newseum complex at Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W., in Washington, D.C. Newseum square footage. Residential square footage. Pounds of artifacts moved into the building before the April 2008 opening, including a CONUS 1 satellite truck and a Berlin Wall guard tower. Total number of historic newspaper front pages in the Newseum collection, going back nearly 500 years. Artifacts in the Newseum collection (excluding newspapers and photographs). Images (cartoons, comics, front pages, photographs and other graphic elements) on display in the permanent exhibits. Age, in years, of the oldest artifact in the Newseum collection, a Cuneiform brick from Sumeria. The oldest artifact currently on display in the Newseum is a 1416 letter relaying news of the Battle of Agincourt. Press passes in the Newseum collection. Historic newspaper front pages and magazine covers accessible through 10 interactive kiosks in the News History Gallery. Total investment, in millions of dollars, by the Freedom Forum in the Newseum complex. Historic newspapers and magazines on display in the News History Gallery. Height, in feet, of the building at its tallest point. Interactive stations in the Newseum, featuring more than two dozen different interactive programs. Height, in feet, of the Great Hall of News atrium (compared with the 68-foot-tall Sistine Chapel and the 96-foot-tall hall of Washington, D.C.'s Union Station). Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers interviewed for the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery. The Pulitzer interactive kiosk features more than 15 hours of content and more than 1,000 photographs.

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Tons of Tennessee marble used to create the First Amendment tablet on the building's Pennsylvania Avenue façade. Number of 32-inch monitors embedded in two walls of the 28-foot-tall theater in the Internet, TV and Radio Gallery. Hours of video in the Newseum. Theaters. Major galleries. Sections of the Berlin Wall, each weighing approximately three tons and measuring 12 feet high and four feet across. Levels. Television studios. ###

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Sixteen major news media companies and families have contributed a combined $132 million to the Newseum. In recognition of their support, major galleries/venues in the Newseum bear their names. They are: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, $25 million, TV Studio, Pennsylvania Avenue Studio and Conference Center The Annenberg Foundation, $15 million, Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater The New York Times ­ Ochs-Sulzberger Family, $10 million, Great Hall of News Bloomberg, $10 million, Internet, TV and Radio Gallery News Corporation, $10 million, News History Gallery Comcast, $8 million, 9/11 Gallery The Greenspun Family, $7 million, Hank Greenspun Terrace on Pennsylvania Avenue Cox Enterprises and the James M. Cox Foundation, $6 million, First Amendment Gallery Hearst Corporation, $6 million, Orientation Theaters ABC News, $5 million, Changing Exhibits Gallery NBC News, $5 million, Interactive Newsroom The Pulliam Family, $5 million, Great Books Gallery Robert H. and Clarice Smith, $5 million, Big Screen Theater Time Warner, $5 million, World News Gallery The Bancroft Family, $5 million the Bancroft Family Ethics Center The Hewlett-Packard Company, $5 million, The HP New Media Gallery About the Founding Partners The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes journalism excellence worldwide and invests in the vitality of U.S. communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Since 1950, Knight Foundation has made nearly $454 million in grants to support journalism. The Annenberg Foundation is the successor corporation to the Annenberg School at Radnor, Penn., established in 1958 by Walter H. Annenberg. It exists to advance the public well-being through improved communication. As the principal means of achieving its goal, the foundation encourages the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge. Walter H. Annenberg (1908-2002) enjoyed a distinguished career as a publisher, broadcaster, diplomat and philanthropist. Leonore Annenberg (1918-2009) was president and chairman of the Annenberg Foundation. She was chief of protocol for the United States during Ronald Reagan's presidency.


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The New York Times Company, a media company with 2010 revenues of $2.4 billion, publishes The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe and 15 other daily newspapers. Over the years, The New York Times Company's properties have been awarded many journalism awards, including 132 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other news organization. Along with the Times Co., Arthur O. Sulzberger and his sisters, Judith P. Sulzberger (1923-2011), Ruth S. Holmberg and Marian S. Heiskell, pledged their support of the Great Hall of News. Bloomberg L.P., founded by Michael R. Bloomberg in 1981, is a global information services, news and media company, headquartered in New York and serving customers in more than 150 countries. The company's mission is to promote transparency in the financial markets through the Bloomberg Professional service and Bloomberg's media services. Bloomberg's media platforms include the global Bloomberg News service, the 24-hour Bloomberg Television and Bloomberg Radio services, the financial news Web site, Bloomberg Markets magazine and Bloomberg Press books for investment professionals. News Corporation is a diversified international media and entertainment company with operations in filmed entertainment, television, cable network programming, direct broadcast satellite television, magazines and inserts, newspapers, book publishing and more. Among its holdings are 20th Century Fox Film, FOX Broadcasting Company, Fox News Channel, STAR TV in Asia, Sky Italia and more than 150 newspapers, including the New York Post and The Times and The Sunday Times of London. Comcast Corporation is the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services. With 24.1 million cable customers, 13.2 million high-speed Internet customers, and 4.6 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content. Comcast's content networks and investments include NBC, Bravo, E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, Sprout, TV One, ten Comcast SportsNet networks and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet business. H.M. "Hank" Greenspun (1909-1989) had a celebrated career as a leading public advocate and crusading founder and publisher of the Las Vegas Sun daily newspaper. Under his leadership, the Sun was one of the first newspapers to denounce the unfairness and lack of proof underlying Sen. Joe McCarthy's accusations of communist influence in the U.S. government. His son, Brian, is the CEO of the Greenspun Corporation and the editor of the Las Vegas Sun.


Founding Partners, page three

Cox Enterprises is one of the nation's leading media companies and providers of automotive services, with revenues of $15 billion and more than 66,000 employees. Major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications, Inc. (cable television distribution, telephone, high-speed Internet access and other advanced broadband services); Cox Media Group, Inc. (television stations, digital media, newspapers, advertising sales rep firms, Valpak and Cox Radio, Inc.); Manheim (vehicle auctions, repair and certification services and webbased technology products) and Cox Auto Trader (automotive publications and a majority stake in Hearst Corporation is one of the nation's largest diversified communications companies. Its major interests span more than 175 magazines, including Cosmopolitan and O, The Oprah Magazine; 12 daily newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle and San Francisco Chronicle; 28 television stations through Hearst Television which reach a combined 18% of U.S. viewers; ownership in leading cable networks, including Lifetime, A&E, The History Channel and a portion of ESPN; as well as business publishing, Internet businesses, television production, newspaper features distribution and real estate. ABC News/Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with four business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment and consumer products. ABC News is responsible for all of the ABC Television Network's news programming on a variety of platforms: television, radio and the Internet. ABC News reaches an average audience of more than 215 million people in a given month. NBC Universal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. Operating around the clock with bureaus in key cities in the United States and overseas, NBC News provides immediate coverage and in-depth reporting of major events to Americans coast to coast. NBC News provides more than 25 hours of weekly programming in the United States, including the No. 1-rated broadcasts Nightly News with Brian Williams, Today and Meet the Press. Also under the NBC Universal umbrella is MSNBC, the 24-hour cable news channel and Internet service launched in 1996. The Pulliam family's links to journalism go back to 1909 when Eugene C. Pulliam (18891975) and nine DePauw University classmates started a journalism fraternity (now the Society of Professional Journalists). Pulliam took over editing and publication of the Atchison (Kansas) Champion at age 23, becoming one of the youngest publishers of a daily newspaper in the country. During his career, he owned and operated 46 newspapers including The Indianapolis Star and The Arizona Republic. The six-decade journalism career of his son, Eugene S. Pulliam (1914-1999), included radio news director, reporter, editor and publisher. Today, the family remains active in journalism.


Founding Partners, page four

Robert H. Smith (1928-2009) was chairman of Charles E. Smith Commercial Realty, a division of Vornado Realty Trust, and chairman of Charles E. Smith Residential, a division of Archstone-Smith. His family company is best known for developing and building the Crystal City complex in Northern Virginia. His wife, Clarice Smith, is a Virginia artist and paints landscapes, florals, still life and equestrian subjects. She has had solo exhibitions at prestigious galleries in Washington, New York, Paris, London and Zurich. Time Warner Inc. is a leading media and entertainment company, whose businesses include interactive services, cable systems, filmed entertainment, television networks and publishing. It uses its industry-leading operating scale and brands to create, package and deliver high-quality content worldwide through multiple distribution outlets. The Bancroft family members were stewards and owners of The Wall Street Journal for more than a century. In 1902, reporter Clarence Barron bought the financial-news firm founded by Charles Dow and Edward Jones. He and succeeding generations of his family built Dow Jones & Company to include the flagship newspaper and its European, Asian and online editions, Barron's and Smart Money magazines, MarketWatch, Dow Jones Newswires, Dow Jones Indexes, Dow Jones Financial Information Services, Factiva and Ottaway Newspapers. In the Newseum, the family is honored to affirm its deep belief in the First Amendment and the importance of news ethics. The Jessie B. Cox Charitable Lead Trust, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Cox Jr., Kate and Phil Harrison, Ann Hill, Charlotte Hill, Leslie Hill and Dennis Carroll, Michael C. Hill, Thomas Hill and Nancy Hagens, Jane C. MacElree, Martha and Dana Robes and Elizabeth Steele have given their support for The Bancroft Family Ethics Center. The Hewlett-Packard Company creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world's largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. ###

Rev 10/20/2011



The Freedom Forum, based in Washington, D.C., is a nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. The foundation focuses on three priorities: the Newseum, the First Amendment and newsroom diversity. The Freedom Forum is the main funder of the operations of the Newseum, an interactive museum of news in Washington, D.C.; the First Amendment Center; and the Diversity Institute. The First Amendment Center and the Diversity Institute are housed in the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. The First Amendment Center also has offices in Washington and the Diversity Institute has offices and programs at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. The Freedom Forum was established in 1991 under the direction of Founder Al Neuharth as successor to a foundation started in 1935 by newspaper publisher Frank E. Gannett. The Freedom Forum is not affiliated with Gannett Co. Its work is supported by income from an endowment of diversified assets.




James C. Duff: President and chief executive officer/Freedom Forum. President and chief executive officer/Newseum and Diversity Institute. Duff most recently served as the director of the administrative office of the U.S. Courts from July 2006 to September 2011. He supervised and coordinated an annual budget of $7 billion that supported 35,000 employees nationwide. In that capacity, he also served as secretary to the Judicial Conference of the United States and was a member of the board of the Federal Judicial Center. Duff is former chairman of the U.S. Supreme Court Fellows Commission and a board member of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society. He has been an adjunct faculty member in constitutional law at Georgetown University for 10 years, most recently teaching civil liberties to undergraduates.

Revised 12/14/2011



Polshek Partnership Architects creates signature, iconic buildings that are expressions of an institution's philosophy and vision and simultaneously enhance their natural and urban precincts. The New York City-based firm is known for architectural excellence and a longstanding commitment to cultural, educational, governmental and scientific institutions. In addition to the Newseum/Freedom Forum headquarters in Washington, D.C., Polshek Partnership has teamed with Ralph Appelbaum Associates on several projects, including the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark. Other major Polshek Partnership projects for cultural institutions include the Carnegie Hall renovation and expansion in New York, the Santa Fe Opera Theater in New Mexico, the Brooklyn Museum Renovation and Expansion, The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts in Napa, Calif., the Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., the Queens Borough Public Library in New York, and Scandinavia House in New York. Polshek Partnership's projects have been published internationally and recognized with numerous awards for design excellence and for their important contributions to the cultural and civic life of their cities. Awards include the highest honor of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to an architecture firm, the Architecture Firm Award, received in 1992. Other awards include 11 AIA National Honor Awards for Design Excellence for projects such as the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York; Center for the Arts Theater at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco; the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio; and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in Mashantucket, Conn. Newseum Project Team ­ Polshek Partnership Architects LLP Lead Designers: Management Partner: Project Manager: Project Architects: Project Architect/Curtainwall: Construction Manager: Interiors: Project Team: James S. Polshek FAIA, Robert D. Young AIA Joseph L. Fleischer FAIA Tyler H. Donaldson AIA Felicia Berger AIA, Kevin P McClurkan AIA, Matthew Seidel Kate M. Kulpa John J. Lowery AIA Charmian C. Place John J. Jordan, James Ke, Adam Mead, Michael Miller, Dean Kim, Paul Stanbridge, Ashley McClaran, Allison H. Reeves AIA, Ed Rice, Crystal Son, Chris Hall

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Polshek Partnership Architects Inspired by the many ways people receive news, the architects conceived of the Newseum as a kind of giant, three-dimensional newspaper whose primary purpose is to communicate the nature of news to a diverse audience: that is, the press as a "window on the world." It is fitting that a building dedicated to journalism and free speech should itself be a visually open and intellectually accessible stage for the public to learn about and interact with the process of newsmaking throughout history. In its form and exhibit program, this complex building contains the features, special sections and breaking news of any journalistic venue. The architects fashioned a spatially compelling journey through the many exhibits that explain and dramatize the past and future of journalism. The Newseum occupies the last remaining open site on Pennsylvania Avenue. It is located midway between the U.S. Capitol and the White House and across from the National Gallery of Art. Bounded on the north by C Street, on the west by Sixth Street, and on the east by the Canadian Embassy, the site is part of the dense urban fabric of the Penn Quarter neighborhood and the L'Enfant plan. This location allows the Newseum to participate in the great tradition of monumental Washington institutions while reinforcing the street life of its precinct. Although seemingly at odds in character and scale, these two conditions, the federal and the local, effectively symbolize the contract between the Fourth Estate and the government as well as the powerful bond between the press and the citizenry. The site's importance to the design concept was second only to the principles guiding the Freedom Forum: a free press, free speech, and the embodiment of a free spirit for the world. The architectural expression of this mission is a functionally cohesive, meaningful and memorable icon, which symbolizes the rights and protections guaranteed by the First Amendment. Through a free press, the world and the workings of our government are made visible, open and ultimately democratic. The Newseum is composed of three rectilinear volumes -- analogous to the pages of a newspaper. Through their scale and orientation, the careful integration of location, programmatic needs and mission-based iconography, these volumes announce the Newseum as one of the monumental civic institutions of the District of Columbia and thus of the nation. Separated from one another by 12-foot-wide skylit circulation zones, these three distinct metaphorical "pages" vary in length and height. The clarity of the composition is maintained through their parallel relationship to one another as well as to the diagonal of Pennsylvania Avenue. The Newseum reinforces L'Enfant's diagonal federal axes, mediating the two distinct setback conditions of its flanking neighbors, while the residential ensemble to the north reinforces the architectural character of this precinct by orienting itself to the orthogonal geometry of the Penn Quarter neighborhood.


Architects Statement, page two

Each of the three museum building blocks has a unique programmatic mission. The first block -- the "front page" of the Newseum -- is the lowest, its height corresponding to the strong horizontal articulation of the Canadian Embassy. A translucent white glass "proscenium" frames a large recessed clear glass "window on the world," and a giant tablet of Tennessee marble hovers above the sidewalk, to the left of the opening. It is inscribed with the 45 words of the First Amendment. The principal entry to the Newseum is situated at the base of this first section. This entrance is flanked by more than 100 glass cases that contain the daily front pages of America's newspapers. A pair of 250-foot-long trusses supports the middle volume. They span the 90-foot-high atrium, a space that is the physical and spiritual heart of the Newseum. Galleries are suspended from the trusses at either end. The east and west elevations of this volume are wrapped entirely in glass, articulated by horizontal white glass horizontal fins. The exhibit content in this middle volume is solemn and introspective, but which could benefit from a diffuse natural light. It includes an exhibition of the press coverage during the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the tragic events of 9/11. Another gallery contains a Journalists Memorial dedicated to those men and women who perished while performing their jobs. A level above the exhibits, a Conference Center is contained within the truss itself. The center has access to the terrace of the roof of the first volume and faces the Capitol, the Mall and the National Gallery of Art. Set furthest from the avenue, the third building block houses exhibits that require total protection from daylight. Its exterior is sheathed in optically reflective glass. The offices of the Freedom Forum are situated on the topmost floor above the Conference Center. The core exhibits of the Newseum are located below these more private spaces in the effectively "black-box" nature of the third volume. These include the News History Gallery, the Interactive Newsroom and a demonstration Broadcast Studio. At the base of this third volume is the Annenberg Theater -- an agora -- that is a strong visible presence on the ground floor and is accessed through its own mezzanine level lobby between the first and concourse levels. The wood-clad curved form is unique in the project, befitting its role as the largest formal gathering space in the building. The exhibit sequence is seamlessly incorporated between the three discrete but spatially unified volumes. After entering from Pennsylvania Avenue, visitors descend by escalator to the lower level for an orientation. They then ascend through the atrium in a glass elevator, arriving at the top of the first volume. Here, a gallery is devoted to an explanation of the First Amendment. Visitors then descend through the building by bridges and stairways, all of which lead to the many different venues. From different vantage points, they experience dramatic views of the U.S. Capitol and the Mall. The sequence relies on maintaining a direct relationship to the unifying volume of the great central space. Through the visual intersection of exhibit spaces with the volume of the central space, the sequence encourages the visitor to discover the unique role that a free press has played in the past and will continue to play in the future. ###

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With offices in New York, London, and Beijing, Ralph Appelbaum Associates provides interpretive museums and learning centers with interdisciplinary planning and design services. Its staff of 130 planners, architects, designers and content experts serves clients with challenging missions in the area of public education. Over the past three decades, the firm has completed more than 250 commissions in the fields of social, cultural and natural history at a variety of museums, memorials and heritage projects in more than 50 cities worldwide. RAA is best known for the design of permanent, large-scale museum projects requiring a marriage of complex educational content with physical environments that are compelling and accessible. Eighty-five installations, planned and designed by RAA, currently enjoy a combined 30 million visitors each year. In addition to the Newseum, RAA has collaborated with Polshek Partnership Architects on the critically acclaimed William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., and the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Other RAA commissions include the original Newseum in Arlington, Va.; the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.; the renovated Dinosaur Halls at the American Museum of Natural History in New York; the new Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y.; and the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. International projects include master planning for the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, and museum design for the Royal Academy of Music in London; the Museum of the Portuguese Language in Sao Paolo, Brazil; and the Museum of World Religions in Taipei, Taiwan. Over the next two years, RAA is poised to open several major commissions, ranging from the new museum at the United States Capitol Visitors Center, to the Royal Museum of Scotland, to a theme pavilion at the World Expo in Spain. Ralph Appelbaum has had extensive involvement in every facet of museum planning and exhibition design. He first worked as a United States Peace Corps volunteer and with the U.S. AID mission as design adviser to southern Peru, developing design and marketing capabilities for Andean artisans in cooperation with the development agency of Peru's second-largest city. Upon his return to the United States in 1969, he was appointed director of the northeast program of Project Earning Power, a nationwide effort with the design and business community to develop and design products uniquely suited for production by the handicapped.


Ralph Appelbaum Associates, page two

He established RAA in 1978 with the mission of bringing interdisciplinary communications and design services to interpretive museums, and has since served state and national governments and the world's foremost foundations and philanthropies, as well. Appelbaum has won virtually every major award for museum design, including the Presidential Award for Design Excellence, the Federal Design Achievement Award, Designs of the Decade from the Industrial Designers Society of America, and more than 130 other awards from organizations around the world. He has been named Designer of the Year by Interiors magazine, elected a fellow of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design, received the first National Design Award in Communications Design from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and been given a Legends Award by Pratt Institute. Appelbaum graduated from Pratt Institute and received an honorary doctorate degree from the Massachusetts College of Art. He served for more than 12 years as an adjunct associate professor in the Museum Studies Program of the Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University, and also taught at Pratt Institute. For the past 20 years, he has lectured around the world on subjects relating to museums and their role in society. He is married to the painter Madelynn Gingold, has one son, Nicholas, and lives in New York City. ###

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