Journalism junkies and fact fiends will appreciate this list of travel destinations for journalism students inspired by top news events in history. Take your classroom to the streets with this list of locations all newsies will love to report on.
Newseum, Washington DC
Experience the world’s most important stories through the eyes of the media while celebrating the American right to freedom of the press. Newsies will get lost in this massive journalistic museum, featuring newspapers from major events in history. Learn how press freedoms range in different countries across the globe and do so while enjoying America’s capital city. Within moments of entering, you will easily see why TripAdvisor users rated the Newseum as a “Traveller’s Choice Top 10 Museums in the U.S.”.
Berlin Wall Memorial, Berlin
The Berlin Wall fell on 10 November 1989, and journalists from around the world were there to report. From Peter Jennings to Ian Henderson, journalists came together with demonstrators to tear down the symbol of separation and oppression.
This moment, and this monument, are now commemorated at the Berlin Wall Memorial in Germany. This structure is situated at the historic site on Bernauer Straße and extends along 1.4 kilometres of the former border strip. We also suggest taking a look at the Marienfelde Refugee Centre Museum while you are in the area. Both the memorial and the museum are part of the Berlin Wall Foundation. Just one of many historic German sites, the Berlin Wall Memorial gives a glimpse into the Cold War era.
National September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York City
One of the most iconic news events of our time, the 11 September attacks in New York City were broadcast the world over. Today, in the place where the Twin Towers once stood, a memorial marks the lives lost. The adjoining 9/11 Memorial Museum serves as “the country’s principal institution concerned with exploring the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those vents and exploring 9/11’s continuing significance”, according to the Museum website.
Chornobyl Museum, Kiev, Ukraine
When a Ukrainian nuclear plant exploded in the mid-’80s, science fiction became reality. Today the National Museum of Chernobyl is an educational institution combining scientific, cultural and educational activity with an historical archive. The mission of the museum is to help citizens understand the scope of the disaster.
Note: Smarttraveller recommends you exercise a high degree of caution if travelling to Ukraine, and suggest you do not travel to several regions. Read your travel insurance policy and travel insurance emergency assistance information to ensure you are covered for high-risk locations.
Diana Memorials, Paris and London
The death of Princess Diana in 1997 captured audience’s attention and was reported ’round-the-clock. Currently two major shrines to this significant journalistic event exist: one in Pairs, where the actual car crash occurred, and one in London, where she served as princess. These are the Flame of Liberty and the Diana Memorial Fountain, respectively.
Turkish Memorials, Gallipoli, Turkey
Symbolising one of Australia’s most important national occasions, ANZAC Day (or the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps Day) commemorates the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during WWI. While the Australian War Memorial holds services and has ongoing exhibits, the memorials at Gallipoli offer a more comprehensive and first-hand view of the battles. Explore these Turkish memorials and take a look around the interesting landscapes that surround them while you wander through the many tourist attractions in Turkey.
Note: Smarttraveller recommends you exercise a high degree of caution if travelling to Turkey, and suggest you reconsider your need to travel to several regions. Read your travel insurance policy to ensure you are covered for high-risk locations.
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