World Press Freedom Day 2011 will be celebrated with events across Washington, DC, with core events taking place at the Newseum on May 1 and 2 and the National Press Club on May 3.
About the Conferences Sites
The Newseum — a 250,000-square-foot museum of news — offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. It features seven levels of galleries, theaters, retail spaces and visitor services, offering a unique environment that takes museumgoers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made.
Visit the Newseum’s website
National Press Club
The National Press Club, a private club for journalists and communications professionals, has been a Washington institution for more than a century. It is also a world-class conference and meeting facility that hosts thousands of events each year for sophisticated clients from around the globe. And while these are the Club’s functions, its mission is to be The World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists. It is a social and business organization dedicated to supporting the ongoing improvement of the profession of journalism.
Both the Newseum and the National Press Club are conveniently located in the heart of Washington, DC.
Arriving at the Event Sites:
Both the Newseum and the National Press Club are easily accessible by public transportation.
The Newseum can be reached by exiting the Metro system at the Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metro Station on the Yellow and Green lines. Limited garage parking is available at 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (entrance on 6th Street).
More information on directions to the Newseum
The National Press Club can be reached by exiting the Metro system at the Metro Center Metro Station (the 13th Street & G Street exit) on the Red, Blue, and Orange lines.
More information on directions to and parking near the National Press Club
555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001
National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045
Airport and Transportation Information
Washington, DC, is served by three airports. These are: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI).
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, commonly known as National Airport, is located in Arlington County, Virginia and is the closest airport to downtown Washington, DC. National Airport is the most convenient of the area airports for visitors staying in the heart of the city and residents who live in the downtown area. The airport is accessible by Metro. During rush hour, National Airport can be difficult to get to, especially from the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia. A short runway limits the size of the aircraft that fly in and out of Washington (the largest is a 757), so the airport only offers domestic flights and a few flights to Canada and the Caribbean.
Visit the website for Reagan National Airport
Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Dulles International Airport is located 26 miles from Washington, DC in Chantilly, Virginia. The airport is about a 40 minute drive from downtown Washington, DC in non-rush hour traffic. The Dulles Airport Access Road makes the airport easy to get to once you get off of I-495. There are plenty of shuttles and taxis to transport visitors around the region. Since Washington, DC traffic is often congested, you should plan ahead and avoid flight times near rush hour.
Visit the website for Dulles International Airport
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, commonly known as BWI Airport, is located south of Baltimore. From the DC area, travel north on I-95 toward Baltimore to I-195. Take I-195 East (exit 47 off of I-95) toward BWI Airport. Follow the signs to the terminal. Southwest Airlines recently built a new terminal here and offers lots of flights at lower prices than some of its competitors. The MARC and Amtrak train station is nearby offering train service to Union Station in Washington, DC. BWI is a test site for the Department of Homeland Security and is used to try out new airport security screening methods. As a result, sometimes the security lines can be quite long, so plan ahead for unexpected delays.
Visit the website for Baltimore/Washington International Airport
The Washington Metrorail (Metro) is the regional subway system, providing clean, safe and reliable transportation around the Washington, DC metropolitan area using five color-coded lines that intersect at various points, making it possible for passengers to change trains and travel anywhere on the system.
A high-resolution downloadable map of the Metro system is available here
Visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s website here
About Washington DC
Washington, DC, the capital of the United States of America, offers a multitude of activities and sights that promise to intrigue and entertain all visitors. Among the most popular attractions are museums, monuments, and parks.
Please visit the official tourism website of Washington, DC for advice in planning your time in the city.