Every newspaper front page displayed by the Newseum this morning was identical: a blacked out front, headlined with a #WithoutNews hashtag and the following text: “Today, the Newseum pauses to reflect on the sacrifice of the journalists who died reporting the news in 2014. Join us in raising awareness of the threats to journalists around the world.”
Fourteen of the journalists who died in 2014 were honored by the Newseum this morning in the annual memorial rededication ceremony of its Journalists Memorial. Keynote speaker Kathy Gannon, an Associated Press correspondent, could have ended up on that list alongside colleague and prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus when the two were fired upon in their vehicle by a member of the Afghan security team meant to protect them during an assignment in Eastern Afghanistan last year. Niedringhaus was killed instantly, while Gannon went through reconstructive surgery and months of physical therapy following the attack.
In addition to commemorating the fallen journalists, the Newseum launched a social-media awareness-raising campaign asking people to imagine a world without news and tag their thoughts on what that would look like with the #WithoutNews hashtag.