Day at the Newseum


A four-day Memorial Day weekend gave me the chance to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Pittsburgh; Harpers Ferry, W.V.; and Washington, D.C. The worst part: A youth soccer tournament booked up all hotels in a 50-mile radius of one of my stopping points and led to an uncomfortable night’s sleep in my car in a Walmart parking lot in the ever-so-appropriately named Maryland city of Hagerstown. You can bet I was haggard after that night, but a long-awaited trip to the Newseum — shrine to all things journalism — perked me up.

Here are a few of my favorite places and pictures in the Washington, D.C. museum devoted to news reporting.

A gallery wall of 9/11 front pages from newspapers in all 50 states:



A tribute to journalists who died in pursuit of the truth:



A display of historic front pages from newspapers reporting major news events:


And these wise words from Rudyard Kipling that still guide every journalist: