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Night at the Newseum

by Staff


Tags: Media, Newseum, Journalism, Washington DC, Slate, Jack Shafer,

NewseumAs old-school newspeople continue their progression toward dodo-hood, a museum seems the perfect honor for their soon-to-be-extinct profession. Enter the newly remodeled Newseum, a $450 million, seven-story behemoth just off the National Mall in Washington, D.C., which is tasked with memorializing the profession’s long history. While the museum has received considerable praise in the press, not everyone is thrilled with the price tag. The money would have been better spent, according to Slate’s Jack Shafer, “to actually support journalism. Like endowing a newspaper, for instance.” Or a journalism school debt-forgiveness program, perhaps. Just a thought.

 —Morgan Winters