May 17, 2007
Be a Photographer (Newseum)

Be a Photographer (Newseum)

Newseum Kiosk Production Wins Top Honor in Museum Competition

An interactive kiosk production that will be a prominent feature in the new Newseum earned a top honor this week in the American Association of Museums’ Media and Technology Committee MUSE Awards competition.

The "Be a Photographer" kiosk, which simulates the experiences of a photojournalist on the scene of a breaking new story, captured the Gold MUSE Award in the Interactive Kiosks category at the AAM’s annual convention in Chicago. The judges called the production an "impressive and innovative achievement in technology," one that "nicely connects with audiences of all ages" and allows users to "explore issues related to the profession" of photojournalism.

The interactive kiosk puts Newseum visitors in the shoes of a news photographer on the scene of a dramatic rescue in a raging river. Visitors can snap photographs at various stages of the rescue. At the story’s end, the visitor selects the image he or she thinks is best. Chester Higgins Jr., noted photographer for The New York Times, then critiques the photograph and gives the visitor either a spot on the front page or a pink slip.

"Be a Photographer," which tells the story behind an actual river–rescue photograph that won a Pulitzer Prize for Annie Wells, will be part of the Interactive Newsroom when the Newseum opens.

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