What you'll learn
Students discover the challenges of sorting fact from rumor, accessing information and possible conflicts between personal and professional ethics for journalists covering catastrophic breaking news. Then, students examine real-life case studies from 9/11 and other disasters, applying the principles they’ve learned through a process of debate and discussion.
Free, with admission
- Learning Center (max 36)
- Documentary Theater (max 100)
- Virtual (no limit)
Classes at the Newseum: Classes must be requested at least one week in advance. Please be advised that your preferred date may not be available, so have at least two dates in mind. We recommend arriving at the Newseum at least than 15 minutes before your scheduled class time.
This class requires a minimum of 12 students and a maximum of 36 students in the Learning Center classroom or 100 in the Documentary Theater. Groups larger than class capacity will be assigned staggered class times based on your group’s window of availability.
Virtual classes: Virtual classes must be requested at least two weeks in advance. To request a free virtual class, please complete the virtual request form. All reservations are tentative pending confirmation of hardware and software capabilities.
When a school fails to appear for its scheduled Newseum class, it prevents other schools from using that slot. Please notify us at least one week in advance if you must cancel your reservation.
Assistance (e.g. ASL interpretation, assistive listening, description) for programs/tours can be arranged with at least seven business days’ notice. Please contact AccessUs at AccessUs@newseum.org or by calling 202/292-6453.
Covering a Catastrophe Handouts
Covering a Catastrophe Pre- and Post-Visit Lessons
To request a large print or Braille version, call 202.292.6650.
ISTE: 3c. Knowledge ConstructorStudents create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
National Council of Teachers of English: NCTE.12Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).