Our journalism faculty and a group of students make a trip to Washington each year. We arrived last night, and today we spent a super day with a variety of industry professionals.
For the 14 broadcast journalism majors and two faculty our day began at the Newseum. The official opening of the Newseum is next Friday, but today the names of many journalists who have lost their lives while reporting were read.
It was a moving ceremony, which began around 8:00 a.m. I'm not sure when it ended, but when our group left around 9:45 (after spending almost 35 minutes there) the list had only reached 1994.
Each name was followed by a chime, and the well-lit room overlooking 6th Street is a beautiful location. There is a "Images of the Fallen" section of the room, and it contains photos of many journalists. What was chilling to me was that the space is about 1/3 populated. I was left to wonder how long would it take to fill the rest of the wall? On the one hand, you don't want to see another photograph ever placed on the wall; on the other hand, you know it is inevitable that others will.
There were dozen of media there this morning, and my students especially were interested in watching a Phoenix-based ABC reporter as she provided live reports from the Newseum.