January 16, 2009
A CNN news team prepares for the Inauguration, perched on the Newseum’s rooftop overlooking the Capitol and Pennsylvania Avenue. (M. Bateman/Newseum)

A CNN news team prepares for the Inauguration, perched on the Newseum’s rooftop overlooking the Capitol and Pennsylvania Avenue. (M. Bateman/Newseum)

For Inauguration Day, Media Find Room With a View

WASHINGTON — Location, location, location.

Between Jan. 17 and Inauguration Day, the Newseum, the interactive museum about news, will be a big part of the news, as major broadcast, cable and radio news networks use the building’s prime spot on historic Pennsylvania Avenue for live broadcasts of inaugural activities.

With its ideal position along the inaugural parade route and sweeping views of the U.S. Capitol and other Washington landmarks, the Newseum was a natural fit for networks seeking a place to set up shop.

"The Newseum will be inauguration central for this momentous political, social and media event," said Jack Hurley, the Newseum’s senior vice president for broadcasting. "Broadcasters will reach worldwide audiences because of the extraordinary technical infrastructure designed by our engineering team."

Organizations that will broadcast from the Newseum’s studios, terraces and galleries include ABC, Bloomberg, CBS, CNN, Fox, MSNBC and NBC, NPR, New York’s WABC, Washington’s WJLA, WRC and local radio stations WHUR and WTOP.

One of the Newseum’s most popular exhibits is "Be a TV Reporter," where would-be reporters stand in front of a camera and read the news from a teleprompter. But with so many celebrity anchors, hosts and correspondents housed in one place, visitors will get a close-up look at how the professionals prepare the news.

"The Newseum has hosted U.S. presidents and foreign heads of state, prime ministers and royalty. During the inauguration, we will host newscasters and reporters seen and heard by millions. Our visitors will get a peek at how news is covered," Hurley said.

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