On display through Sept. 12, 2016 | Level 6
“Reporting Vietnam” is Newseum’s provocative new exhibit that marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, America’s first televised war. The exhibit explores the dramatic stories of how journalists brought news about the war to a divided nation.
Powerful photos and news footage, evocative music and more than 90 compelling artifacts, historic newspapers and magazines will take visitors back to experience a time when America was at war and young people were rejecting the conservative values of their parents.
Set to a soundtrack of protest songs, the exhibit opens with an exploration of the culture clash that emerged in the 1960s as seen through mainstream and counterculture publications of the day. “Reporting Vietnam” challenges perceptions that linger 50 years after U.S. troops arrived in Vietnam, and poses the question “Did the press lose the war?”
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Included are more than 100 dramatic images, including memorable Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs that have come to symbolize the struggle both in Vietnam and at home. Interactive kiosks in the exhibit showcase interviews with the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers who took some of the most iconic images of the war, and the memorable protest songs that provided the soundtrack for a generation.
As part of the exhibit, the museum’s Robert H. and Clarice Smith Big Screen Theater will feature an original documentary chronicling the war’s most pivotal moments. Two other original films explore the protest movement at home and how television forever changed the way Americans receive news from the battlefield.
The Newseum education department will supplement the exhibit with resources on-site, online and in the community. Classes and a gallery exploration guide will examine many of the exhibit’s themes, including how the media influence public opinion, media ethics and the challenges of reporting during a war. The Newseum will also present a series of public programs featuring journalists, the military and others discussing the coverage, impact and legacy of the Vietnam War.
Contributing support for the “Reporting Vietnam” exhibit is provided by CBS Corporation, in memory of CBS News correspondent Bob Simon.
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