APME Conference Not Hindered By Newseum Delay

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By: Joe Strupp Associated Press Managing Editors, which had organized much of its October conference around the opening of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., will not change its schedule and has arranged for a private one-day visit to the museum, organizers said in a memo to members.

Newseum officials said this week that the expected opening in October would have to be delayed until at least early 2008 because of construction delays. APME had planned to open its annual conference on Oct. 3 at the museum, and said in the memo that that would still occur.

?Freedom Forum officials said Wednesday they are eager to have APME members see their new, sophisticated museum to news,? the memo stated. ?They expect to be able to host the organization under a one-day temporary permit from district officials, similar to one obtained to have 800 journalism educators on site for an event Thursday evening. Museum officials said they expect much more of the $435 million building to be completed in two months when the APME conference begins.?

The seven-story building, along Pennsylvania Avenue and several blocks from the Capitol, spans 643,000 square feet, with the museum occupying 250,000 square feet. It also features galleries, theaters, items from major news events worldwide and many electronic, interactive exhibits.

For more APME conference information, go to http://www.apme.com/conferences/2007conference.shtml.

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