NewsCapade will be in Vermillion Oct. 7-9

NewsCapade will be in Vermillion Oct. 7-9 The Newseum, the world's only interactive museum of news, has created a mobile exhibit that will bring some of the museum's most popular artifacts, videos and displays to Vermillion on Oct. 7-9. The Argus Leader will co-host NewsCapade's visit to the city.

Newseum's NewsCapade with Al Neuharth will be at The University of South Dakota on the Law School Mall and will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission to NewsCapade is free. For public information, call 1-877-NEWSEUM (toll free). NewsCapade is educational, informative and fun for people of all ages. More than 100,000 people have toured NewsCapade since the tour began April 13 in San Francisco.

Joining NewsCapade in Vermillion is Allen H. Neuharth, founder of USA Today and The Freedom Forum. Neuharth will be presenting the Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism to John Seigenthaler, an award-winning journalist and founder of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. Neuharth and Seigenthaler will participate in a press conference on Oct. 7 at 2:30 p.m. at NewsCapade. At 7:30 p.m., a special interview will take place with Seigenthaler during the award presentation in Theatre I of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. His son, John Michael Seigenthaler, anchor for weekend editions of NBC Nightly News and contributing anchor for MSNBC, will interview the elder Seigenthaler.

Visitors to NewsCapade begin their experience in a 45-seat theater that shows the award-winning film, What's News?, narrated by CBS News' Charles Osgood. Interactive computers let visitors act as newspaper editors selecting front-page stories or photojournalists covering breaking news. Visitors also can experience the excitement and challenge of being television reporters as they go in front of a camera to read the news.

Other exhibits include an "Interview a Journalist" interactive kiosk, unforgettable news photos, historic newspaper front pages, news artifacts, a timeline of 20th-century news and look at the power of the First Amendment. Each visitor may receive a free printout of "The Birthday Banner," the Newseum custom-designed computer program that delivers a front page with the news from an individual's month and year of birth.

"The Newseum in Arlington, VA, is helping visitors there get a better understanding of the relationship between the news media and the public. We hope NewsCapade can do the same all across the USA," Neuharth said.

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