Communication Students Visit The Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Students and faculty from the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts traveled to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 9 to visit The Newseum. The Newseum’s mission is to champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment through exhibits, public programs and education.

The students who went on the trip are taking classes in Persuasion, Argumentation and Debate, Performance Studies and Contemporary Storytelling. The goal of the visit was to observe and reflect on how The Newseum tells the story of journalism and the news through text, images and sound. One of the most powerful exhibits in The Newseum is the 9/11 Gallery. The exhibit features a radio tower from the top of the World Trade Center set against a backdrop of front pages from newspapers from around the world on the day of the attacks. It also features two short films. One features a tribute to New York photojournalist William Biggart — the only journalist who died covering the attacks — and some of his final photographs.

The trip was arranged by Dr. Aimee Richards. The students were accompanied by Ms. Susan Cato-Chapman, Dr. Joni Gray and Dr. Francene Kirk. For more information, visit

http://www.newseum.org/.