A guest post by Gerald S. Williams, Adjunct Professor, Journalism Department
Future photojournalists from Rowan viewed Washington, D.C. through a camera lens on Friday, September 16. Students of the two photojournalism classes in the Journalism Department, along with other interested Rowan students, made up a group of over 40 who took the Rowan bus to Washington, D.C., for an educational and fun day trip.
Guided by the two photojournalism class adjunct instructors Gerald Williams and Tim Hawk, the group toured the amazing museum of journalism, the Newseum. Students saw and experienced photos, videos, and exhibits about the full history of journalism and photojournalism. Exhibits showcased the best award-winning photojournalism photos of the past year. Also featured were photos of 9/11 portraying the toll on victims, their families, and the journalists who covered the story and wound up forever changed. Additionally, the group toured extensive exhibits on the Katrina disaster and its coverage, the presidential personal photographers, and floors of interactive displays highlighting the actual historic news items, key events and stories from the early days of print, radio, and TV journalism up through the present day. Recovered parts of the actual Twin Towers, the airplanes that struck it, and parts of the actual Berlin Wall added a visceral dose of tangible witness to the news events that have shaped our lives and that of journalists worldwide. We could have spent two more days there to see and take it all in.
After the Newseum tour, students visited other locales around the national mall buildings and monuments, while working on a photo assignment for Professors Williams and Hawk. Professional photojournalists Lori Nichols and Alan Dumoff helped the professors give students on-the-spot instruction and advice to help them develop their skills and vision.
We finished with a solemn and interesting photographic experience as the sun went down over Arlington National Cemetery and the Kennedy graves. For many students, this visit was a first-time experience of Washington, D.C. For others, it was a different view.