Jan 20, 2009

Media Contact:
Mike Fetters
202/292-6320
mfetters@newseum.org

NEWSEUM TO DISPLAY 700 INAUGURATION FRONT PAGES

Jan. 20, 2009

MEDIA ADVISORY
Newseum to Display 700 Inauguration Front Pages

WHAT:
On Wednesday, Jan. 21, newspaper front pages from around the world will mark the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama. Each day, the Newseum receives and displays more than 700 newspaper front pages from around the world. More than 100 of these front pages are sized and printed in-house by the Newseum Front Pages Team and put on display at the Newseum’s Pennsylvania Avenue entrance and in the Today’s Front Pages Gallery inside the museum. All received front pages are available each morning at newseum.org.

WHO:
President Barack Obama

WHEN:
Wednesday, Jan. 21. The newspaper front pages display at the Newseum entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue is scheduled to be updated with Inauguration Day front pages by 7:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

www.newseum.org

BACKGROUND: Thousands of Washingtonians and visitors to D.C. descended on the Newseum on Nov. 5 to experience the Newseum’s daily front pages display and the headlines marking the election of Sen. Barack Obama as president of the United States. Similar reactions are expected on Jan. 21 — both from the newspapers marking the event and those wishing to see how the Inauguration Day events are depicted on front pages around the country and the world.

For more than a decade, the Newseum has collected electronic files from participating newspapers around the globe. When the original Newseum opened in 1997, the display featured 68 front pages. The museum added an online version in August 2002. Now, the daily feature often includes more than 700 front pages.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Media are invited to report from the Newseum’s "Today’s Front Pages" display — exterior streetside display or interior gallery— on Wed., Jan. 21. The exterior display is scheduled to be installed by 7:30 a.m. To arrange access to the gallery inside the museum, contact Mike Fetters (202-292-6320 or cell: 571-262-1188 or mfetters@newseum.org).

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