First Amendment

FAQ

Today’s Front Pages (11)

All general-interest newspapers are invited to participate. The front pages in our display are sent voluntarily from each newspaper. Some newspapers do not have the technological capability of transmitting their front pages electronically in the required format. Others choose not to participate.


All of the 800 or more front pages we receive are included in each day’s online exhibit and the Today’s Front Pages app. If you don’t see a particular newspaper that was previously posted, the newspaper simply may not have submitted that day’s front page, or there may have been a technical problem with the electronic transmission.


We encourage new contributions from newspapers in underrepresented geographic areas. If you represent such a newspaper, write us at [email protected].


Central America is part of the map under North America. Please use the directional buttons to scroll down for Central America.


Ask your newspaper to send an email to [email protected] for specific instructions on how to participate in “Today’s Front Pages.”


Any general interest newspaper with the technological capability of transmitting their front pages can be a part of the online exhibit.


Yes. Though several newspapers have moved the bulk of their news coverage online, they can continue to be part of the online exhibit.


The Today’s Front Pages exhibit does not include front pages from previous dates. We recommend that you contact the newspaper directly for information on obtaining back issues.

NewseumED features a limited archive of historic front pages on its website. You must be registered for NewseumED to view the archived pages; registration is free.


You can read articles by opening a scalable PDF file or by clicking a link directly to the newspaper’s website. Here’s how to open the new window containing the PDF and website links:

  • Gallery view: Click on the thumbnail image to open the new window
  •  Map view: Roll your mouse pointer over the map until an image of the page you want to view appears on the right side of the screen, then click to open the new window
  •  List view: Roll your mouse pointer down the list of newspaper names until an image of the paper you want to view appears on the right side of the screen, and then click to open the new window

After you have opened the new window, you will see two links at the top of the page. One of the links will take you directly to the newspaper’s website. The other link opens a PDF file of the front page, which has a magnifier tool that you can use to zoom in on any part of the page.


The Newseum has a special agreement with newspaper companies that allows it to display their front pages every day. The Newseum does not own these front pages — each newspaper holds the copyright to its own front page — and U.S. copyright laws apply. Anyone seeking permission to use a front page for personal reasons must contact the newspaper directly. You can learn more about copyright laws and “fair use” at www.copyright.gov.


The Today’s Top 10 feature has been discontinued. More than 800 daily front pages from around the world will still be available at Newseum.org, on the Today’s Front Pages app and at the Newseum.


Newseum Closing (9)

Visitors loved us, but remaining in the current location proved to be financially unsustainable. It is challenging to operate a paid museum in a city full of free ones.


We have an agreement to sell the building to Johns Hopkins University. The university plans to use it for its D.C.-based programs.


In 2020, we will de-install our exhibits and return artifact loans to lenders. We will also move pieces in our permanent collection to our archive facility outside Washington, D.C., until a location is determined for public display. The collection will be used for outgoing loans, education programs, public events, publications, digital initiatives and more. We also have a traveling exhibits program that keeps some Newseum exhibits open to the public at locations across the country.


We hope to find a suitable location that can serve as the Newseum’s next home but that process will take time. The Freedom Forum will move to temporary offices in downtown Washington, D.C., in 2020 that will enable the organization to continue its mission to increase public understanding of the importance of the free press and the First Amendment while it transitions out of 555 Pennsylvania Avenue.


We remain committed to continuing our mission – in a financially sustainable way – to increase public understanding of the importance of the free press and the First Amendment. We will be exploring all viable options for continuing a physical location for the exhibits, and will continue our efforts in digital outreach, traveling and pop-up exhibits, and web-based programs in schools around the country.

Our education work and support for a free press around the nation will continue through the Freedom Forum Institute, particularly through the First Amendment Center and NewseumED.


The Today’s Front Pages online exhibit will continue after the Newseum closes Dec. 31.


The Journalists Memorial is a powerful symbol of our mission. As the Newseum transitions in 2020, the memorial will remain a priority project, even as we remove and store the glass panels, and will continue to be accessible at freedomforuminstitute.org/journalists-memorial.


The First Amendment tablet belongs to the museum and will be removed from the building as part of our transition. We are actively searching for a location where it can be prominently displayed.


Yes, please visit the Freedom Forum Institute events calendar for information about upcoming programs.