"One Nation with News for All" at Newseum Sunday, May 18

Journalists are often seen as gatekeepers, sorting through masses of information to make sure people have access to the stories that enrich their lives. But what happens if the keepers at the pearliest, most wide-reaching gates discriminate against marginalized groups? Communities fire up the presses to make sure they can see their stories in print. The Newseum’s new exhibit, “One Nation With News for All,” explores immigrant and minority media and how individuals and publications laid the foundation for civil rights. It displays 60 artifacts, from Ida B. Wells’ personal diary to Korean-American newspaper founder K.W. Lee’s press passes (pictured), in the Newseum’s first partnership with the Smithsonian. Uplift and representation aside, the story of journalism is never complete without discussion of the bottom line. As the exhibition shows, the success of these outlets prove that getting a more diverse set of voices made for good business. Mainstream media outlets continue to struggle with diversity in the newsroom, but “One Nation with News for All” shows that it isn’t for lack of talent. The exhibition is on view daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to January 4, 2015, at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $13.95–$22.95. (202) 292-6100. newseum.org.

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