Sep 1, 2009

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NEWSEUM ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF FREE ADMISSION POLICY FOR LOCAL SCHOOL GROUPS

Program now co-sponsored by WTOP 103.5 and The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — The Newseum today announced that it will extend through 2010 the popular program through which Washington-area public and private schools receive free museum admission when they visit as a school group.

Since the program was launched in April 2008, more than 75,000 local students, teachers and chaperones have visited the Newseum through the program.

"With the support of WTOP radio, we can extend the program for another year and be more aggressive in our outreach to local teachers," said Joe Urschel, Newseum executive director and senior vice president. "We want to make sure every teacher in the region knows about the program and the educational resources available to them at the Newseum."

The area covered by the program includes the District of Columbia, eight Maryland counties (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s) and six Virginia counties (Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford) and five Virginia cities (Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park).

Through the program, Newseum admission is waived for groups from public and private schools, grades 1 through 12 — as well as student groups from colleges and universities within the same geographic area — provided that the groups book their visits in advance through the Newseum’s education reservation line (202/292-6650) or at educationprograms@newseum.org.

Jim Farley, WTOP’s vice president of programming, says, "We are proud to partner with the Newseum. It is run by fellow journalists committed to the First Amendment. That’s a natural fit for Washington’s News Station, WTOP."

During the period between the 2002 closing of the original Newseum in Arlington, Va., and the 2008 reopening of the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., the Newseum education department developed a wide variety of materials and programs to support educators. These offerings include:

  • • teacher orientation and planning sessions (offered at least once each month and available at no additional charge to teachers who have booked a group visit to the Newseum);
  • • lesson plans;
  • • 50-minute, national standards-linked, educator-led classes — focusing on journalism, history or civics — that are incorporated into Newseum school group visits (at no additional charge when reserved at least two weeks before the group visit); and
  • • professional development workshops for teachers and educators. (There is a fee for the professional development workshops, but it includes a ticket for admission to the Newseum.)

About the Newseum

The Newseum — a 250,000-square-foot museum of news — offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. Within its seven levels of galleries and theaters, the Newseum offers a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made.

The Newseum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors (65 and older), $13 for youth (7 to 18). Annual memberships also are available. For additional information, the public may call 888/NEWSEUM (888/639-7386) or visit newseum.org.

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