The Newseum in Washington D.C. closes for good on Tuesday, Dec. 31, after 21 years of telling the story of journalism in America.
This piece from Philip Kennicott at the Washington Post explains how the timing of the Newseum’s closing coincides with recent developments in American journalism.
“The Newseum, however, was also prey to the economic and cultural forces that have bedeviled institutions as diverse as symphony orchestras and the electronic media. It had to compete for audience and achieve the right balance between substance and entertainment. Like so many organizations in American society, it struggled to find a compromise between being authoritative and being accessible.”