Even Newseum Feeling Buyout Pinch

By: Joe Strupp

As newspapers nationwide go through buyouts and cutbacks, the museum dedicated to them, and other news outlets, is suffering as well.

FishbowlDC reports The Newseum, which just opened its new Washington, D.C., location earlier this year, is losing 19 staffers to buyouts, while two others have retired. That represents 10% of its workforce.

?We think the Newseum is doing very well in its first year of operation — especially in these challenging economic times. Because we just opened April 11, 2008, we do not have the basis for comparison that other institutions do for judging attendance,? a Newseum representative told Fishbowl. ?But we are on track to meet our goals of matching or doing better than our highest attendance year in Arlington, VA., where the Newseum was free.

?The Newseum just had three of its top 10 attendance days between mid-October and early November (not a traditionally high time for tourists in DC) and we already know that we will have more than 12,000 visitors on the two days before the Inauguration. (We have group tours of 6,000 already booked for each of those days.)?

Newseum officials did not immediately respond to E&P for comment.

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