Making the Most of the Newseum
Last Friday, the 23 middle schoolers on Friends Community School's student newspaper committee visited the Newseum to consider the impact of the media--and see the museum before it closes at the end of this month.
They were joined by parent chaperones and 5/6 language arts teacher Holly Stephens. On display were the front pages of that day’s newspaper from around the world; examples of the five freedoms afforded by the First Amendment (religion, speech, press, assembly, petition); the evolution of LGBTQ+ portrayals in entertainment and media; and stories of the risks facing reporters, photographers, and journalists who cover important events in history.
The students met Gene Policinski, head of the Freedom Forum Foundation, who agreed to an on-the-spot interview by the young journalists. Later they took turns as reporters in an interactive TV newsroom. The day ended with a class on media ethics. The Newseum teacher was surprised that the FCS students wanted to stay overtime to continue discussing ethical scenarios.
More details about the trip are anticipated in the next edition of The FoCuS, FCS’s student-run newspaper.