In its first permanent exhibit since 2008, the Newseum's HP New Media Gallery, which opened to the public April 27, explores the challenges that new media presents to staying on top of breaking stories. In the age of smartphones, Google Alerts, Twitter, and Facebook, many of us have come to expect of-the-moment updates on the latest news, but this can prove daunting for the press, who often struggle to address the public’s desire for immediate content delivery. The Newseum seeks to answer these quandries in this completely interactive exhibit, presented in partnership with Hewlett-Packard.
“The HP New Media gallery will give Newseum visitors a chance to step into a three-dimensional social network,” said Paul Sparrow, senior vice president of broadcasting at the Newseum. The gallery uses technology and social media tools to educate visitors about the digital news revolution through a fully interactive experience from beginning to end.
Visitors can “check in” at a station near the front of the gallery, posting photos and comments on screens around the 2,500 sq.-ft. room; guests can also move to one of the two 10-ft.-wide touch-screen-covered walls to page through the stories and videos most prominent in the digital media age. Visitors may also choose to flip through the very latest news stories as they’re posted via websites and social media outlets, creating their own news pages to be displayed on screens around the room. Motion tracking is used in interactive games, and visitors can stay constantly updated on the news through live check-in updates and Twitter feeds as they explore the rest of the gallery.
“New media allows people to connect, to discover, and to share,” said Sparrow. The new gallery at the Newseum not only allows visitors to do so on-site, but also after heading home, where they can continue the social media experience at a special website. 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 888-639-7386