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Yes, it was good for us, but also fun. Mostly

June 10, 2008

On May 27, Boonsboro High School English students from Cindy Ours' and Sarah Hamilton's classes visited the Newseum, a museum of journalism and media in Washington, D.C.

Here are some student reflections on the trip.

Kelechi Urama

The most memorable moment was doing the "Be a reporter" interactive game. It was fun because it was cute and gave us a taste of how it felt to be a reporter.

Katie Wennick

Museums, museums, museums. Let's just admit, most of us find these cold walk-throughs a total bore.

But that was before the Newseum. Most museums are the same, and every display has a pretty little sign that says "Do Not Touch" next to it. But this exciting new D.C. hotspot is a horse of a different color.

The Newseum is made for people to have fun with and play with. With interactive computer games, a visitor is only a finger-touch away from being an investigative journalist. There are huge displays of the Berlin wall and photographs of journalists who were forced to go to jail for seeking out the truth and writing their story.

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Although the exhibits are fantastically intriguing, the Newseum did prove itself to be a bit costly with all of the merchandise and food prices. But frankly, what museum isn't a bit expensive?

There's a wall with the front pages from newspapers around the world - that was incredibly cool - but there were a lot of long hallways that were a bit tedious and bare.

Still, the Newseum is definitely something everyone should go see.

Daphne Crosby

My experience at the Newseum was, to say the least, interesting. I not only experienced many enjoyable things, I was also disappointed.

But don't take that the wrong way. Some visitors will love this center for learning.

My tour of the museum began with a 4-D movie. Who knew such things existed! Not me. We went on a 4-D tour of journalism's past. I won't spoil the surprises this movie holds.

I did enjoy the Pulitzer Prize section of the museum, though I feel it should have been better protected. Some of those photographs were a bit, er, R-rated.

Overall, I think one should go visit the Newseum and judge for themselves.

Lisa Jacobs

The Newseum was full of interesting and exciting information and displays. It displayed information from all aspects of journalism from the Arizona Projects to the 9/11 attacks; it was truly unique! There were many artifacts that made an impact on history.

There was even a piece of the Berlin Wall.

To me, one of the best features of the Newseum was the 4-D movie. The 4-D movie was thrilling. I never witnessed anything like it. It told the story of important journalists who helped shape the way journalists work today. Watching the 4-D movie, it felt like I was actually witnessing it up close and personal. The movie seats, splashing water, and wind blowing were amazing and unexpected.

Even though the other displays were interesting, I enjoyed the 4-D movie the most. I would recommend anyone to watch it.

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