CAPITAL JOURNEY – WASHINGTON , DC – VISITING THE NEWSEUM .

Your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Washington  DC  is  bringing  the  four  of  you  to  a  place  called  ”  The  Newseum . “

It’s  a  museum  about  what  else ?

The  news  whether  it  be  radio ,  television  or  newspapers  on  any  topic .

Unlike  the  other  museums  in  the  city ,  this  one  opens  up  at  9 am  and  not  10 am .

The  admission  price  is   $  22  plus  tax ,  but  if  you  return  the  next  day ,  admission  is  free .

Just  remember  to  get  your  ticket  stamped  at  the  front  desk  before  you  leave .

From  the  seventh  floor  terrace  of  the  museum ,  you  can  see  some  of  the  most  beautiful  views  of  Pennsylvania  Avenue .

The  first  exhibit  you  all  noticed  wasn’t  on  the  terrace  level  or  even  when  you  all  entered  the  building .

It  was right  in  front .

There  were  newspapers  from  around  the  world .

You  not  only  saw  a  newspaper  from  Richmond ,  Virginia ,  your  hometown ,  but  from  your  parents  home  country ,  The  Philippines .

You  just  had  to  take  a  picture  of  this  on  your  phone  to  send  to  them .

You  all  thought  it  might  take  you  all  day  to  see  this  museum ,  but  you  all  figure  that  you  can  come  back  the  next  day  to  see  what  you  missed .

One  of  the  girls  wanted  to  see  the  exhibit  on  the  coverage  of  the  Vietnam  War ,  not  only  because  you  all  were  very  small  when  it  happened ,  but  because  her  cousin  was  in  Vietnam .

One  of  the  other  girls  likes  the  exhibit  on  the  President’s  dogs .

She  wants  to  get  a  dog  like  the  Scottish  Terrier  that  FDR  had .

There’s  also  an  exhibit  on  the  Washington  Nationals ,  perfect  for  a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  you  all  think .

You  all  briefly  look  at  the  world  coverage  of  September  11th ,  but  didn’t  stay  long .

One  of  the  girls  tries  her  hand  at  being  a  reporter  at  one  of  the  many  hands  on  exhibits .

You  were  so  focused  on  the  wall  known  as  ”  The  Journalists  Memorial . ”

This  is  the  wall that  has  the  names  of  journalist’s  all  over  the  world  and  the  United  States  killed  for  just  being  who  they  were  and  doing  their  job .

You  all  were  under  the  impression  that  the  United  States  was  one  of  the  countries  that  had  the  most  freedom  of  the  press .

You  all  were  wrong .

Norway  and  Sweden  are  the  two  countries  that  truly  have  Freedom  of  the  Press ,  something  that  we  take  for  granted  everyday  in  this  country .

You  couldn’t  believe  that  you  all  had  been  in  this  museum  for  almost  four  hours  all ready .

It  was  that  interesting  and  you  still  didn’t  get  to  see  every  exhibit  on  all  seven  floors .

The  four  of  you  are  going  to  come  back  tomorrow  because  you  got  a  deeper  understanding  of  how  the news  is  gathered .

Sometimes  at  a  cost  to  the  reporters  life .

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