We have locked a day and some ideas down with the Newseum and Library of Congress. Both are (thankfully) inexpensive as the LoC considers this educational and is federally funded. The Newseum is giving us space out of the goodness of their hearts. We’ll be able to live-stream at least one of our major lectures.
The Newseum will have a virtual reality program either ready for us to see fully, or a behind-the-scenes look at a nearly-ready show. The hope is to ask ISWNE members about technology at their own papers and how the latest tech could and should be used by our members. A huge thanks there goes to Gene Policinski, the COO of the Newseum Institute, a former USA Today and Gannett papers editor at many different levels, and an all-around wonderful guy.
I am talking to the people at the soon-to-be-opened (September 2106) National Museum of African American History and Culture. They’re not quite set-up yet for talking to people about visiting, but the plan is to visit there on the same day that we visit the Newseum. The Newseum will take the morning and lunch. The AAHC will take a few hours in the afternoon or early evening.
We will be using the Metro system despite the fact that it is under a major repair project, called “Safe Track,” which requires entire portions of the system to be shut down. The whole project should be completed a couple months before ISWNE arrives. I’ll be watching this closely.
The University of Maryland at College Park is on the Green Line of the Metro System. It should receive its repairs and have its shutdowns in November and December this year. So far, a couple weeks into Safe Track, reports in local media say, things could be much worse.
See you in June 2017!
–Steve Thurston, Conference Chair