The World’s newest and most expensive museum, named as ‘The Newseum’ dedicated to journalism has been opened in
The occasion was marked with speeches by the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, John Roberts, the Mayor of New York and founder of the business news agency, Michael Bloomberg and Murdoch.
The $450 million museum has been named by the founders as ‘The Newseum’, is a celebration of journalism in
In the ‘The Newseum’, on one floor is a bullet scared car used by American journalistsin the Balkans. On another is the phone Rupert Murdoch used to make multi-billion dollar media deals.And in between, there is one of the biggest remaining chunks of the Berlin wall and the mangled remains of a communication tower from the 9/11 attacks. There are also somber walls dedicated to journalists who have lost their lives in pursuit of news and bleak maps showing huge parts of the world without a free press. But there are lots of gimmicks to attract the public, including a 4-D cinema that squirts water and air from holes in a chair and an ethics competition in which the visitors have to resolve dilemmas about what stories and photographs are fit for publication.
Journalist who have been given sneak previews have expressed admiration but with reservations. According to Howard Kurtz, a US media commentator who writes for Washington, while extolling the six storied building as a dazzling piece of architecture in its own right, close to Congress, as a first class addition to the capital’s cultural institutions, but in some respects, it is an overpriced monument in journalistic glorification.
The former journalists who were behind the project, insist that it offers a balanced view of journalism.
Cathy Trust, the director of exibit development states that it is not a shrine to journalism but a museum about the great stories and how news have developed over time and it is warts and all. She also has said that there is a section dealing with reporters who made up stories and the
The museum was the idea of the Freedom Foundation, a non-profit organization, dedicated to the promotion of free speech.