Media Tours

Washington, D.C. offers a variety of media outlets and we’re excited to offer a variety of media tour options throughout the city, exclusive to convention attendees.

No more than two students per school may sign up for any one tour. Tours are $15 with limited space (the maximum capacity is noted under each individual tour.) Only those who register online will be able to sign up for media tours. Tours will be marked as “FULL” on the online registration form once the tour limits are reached.

Times for all tours: The times published are the times that the tours BEGIN. For example, the 9 a.m. time for Library of Congress is the time they expect the group to be at their doorstep. 

Plan to be in the lobby at least one hour before your tour is scheduled to begin.

If you are an adviser who plans on attending a tour, please indicate that in your own registration. Tour participants should meet at the tour desk in the Marriott Wardman Park lobby near the 24th street entrance. It’s the hotel lobby door nearest to the D.C. Metro Red Line – Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan station 

TOUR FULL: National Press Club  •  10 a.m. Thursday

For over 100 years, celebrities, heads of state, presidents and prime ministers have spoken to the world from the ballroom. You will visit the world’s premier forum for newsmakers and its state-of-the-art broadcast studios that capture Press Club luncheons that are televised on CSPAN.
Total participants: 20 individuals (60 minutes)

TOUR FULL: Discovery Channel  •  10 a.m. Thursday
Take a look behind the scenes of the Discovery Channel’s Worldwide headquarters located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Go into their studios and meet the producers, who create the shows you love like Mythbusters, Gold Rush, and Deadliest Catch from Discovery Channel. Sit in the studios and learn from the professionals who work for the “World’s #1 Nonfiction Media Company.”
Total participants: 15 individuals (90 minutes)

Voice of America  •  10 a.m. Thursday
The Voice of America Studio Tour is a behind-the-scenes look at live broadcasting in radio, television, and the Internet in several of our 46 languages. Tours are guided with audio and video features. VOA’s headquarters is home to a series of historic murals commissioned by the U.S. government to depict the Social Security Act and other New Deal programs enacted in response to the Great Depression. Lithuanian-born artist Ben Shahn was selected in 1940 to paint the most prominent of the murals. The art is part of the VOA Studio Tour.
Total participants: 25 individuals (45 minutes)

The Washington Post printing plant  •  10 a.m. Thursday
Be there when the four-story presses rumble and roar to life in one of the world’s largest printing plants. You’ll wear earplugs and safety glasses as you see 90,000 newspapers print in less than an hour. The Washington Post is the nation’s seventh largest newspaper measured by circulation. See how they respond to the news by printing special editions.
Total participants: 44 individuals (Two hours)

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting  •  10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday
Located in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace building in Dupont Circle, the Pulitzer Center has become a leading source for quality international reporting in major U.S. and European media outlets. Visit their offices, view samples of their projects and hear about their innovative media model from staff videographers, writers and photographers.
Total particpants: 40 individuals (60 minutes)

TOUR FULL Supreme Court  •  10 a.m. Thursday
What goes on behind the scenes of the nation’s highest court? What’s it like to cover this secretive institution? Will we ever see the Supreme Court hearings televised? Find out in an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the Court with The National Law Journal’s Tony Mauro, America’s longest-serving Supreme Court reporter.
Total participants: 30 (60 minutes)

FRIDAY TOUR FULL: George Washington University  •  10 a.m. Thursday and Friday|
10 a.m. Thursday still available

George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs is home to its own broadcast studio and multiple video editing labs. In the studio, four cameras, a news and interview set, a chroma key bluescreen, a professional control room and audio board provide plenty of room for students to put together their own productions as well as complete class projects.
Total participants: 12 individuals (60 minutes)

University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism  •  9 a.m. Friday
Tour the journalism school’s state-of-the-art broadcast studio and news bureau. The Philip Merrill College of Journalism offers access to internships in one of the nation’s top media markets. Students learn from the pros working in today’s multimedia newsrooms.
Total particpants: 55 individuals (Four hours)

TOUR FULL: The Library of Congress  •  9 a.m. Friday
During your hour-long tour you will learn about the building’s symbolic art and architecture and view the grandeur of the Main Reading Room. Professionally trained docents tell the story of the library — America’s oldest cultural institution — by talking about its history, its collections (including the Gutenberg Bible), and the services provided to Congress and the nation.
Total participants: 25 individuals (60 minutes)

TOUR FULL: The Washington Post  •  9:15 a.m. Friday
Observe a morning story meeting and tour the newsroom of one of the nation’s most influential and storied news organizations. You will be led by a veteran Post staffer who will take your questions and show you how today’s professionals work in a multi-media, multi-platform environment.
Total participants: 25 individuals (60 minutes)

SORRY, THIS TOUR WAS CANCELED ON 11-4-14. If you were signed up, you have the option of going on The Washington Post printing plant on Thursday morning. See details above. No need to change your registration. Just show up at the designated time.
USA Today  •  10 a.m. Friday
The nation’s second largest newspaper is housed on a beautiful campus in Northern Virginia. Students and advisers can watch the editors make the decisions of what will be the front-page stories in the next day’s newspaper during a special news budget meeting. Have lunch in the building cafeteria before returning to Washington by Metrorail.

Total participants: 8 individuals (Two hours)

TOUR FULL: CNN  •  11 a.m. Friday
This tour of CNN’s Washington bureau includes the control room where election nights, conventions, debates inaugurations and other major events are produced. Also see the CNN Washington Bureau newsroom, and the studios of The Situation Room, The Lead and other Washington-based news programs. There will be a Q and A session with CNN’s Political Coverage Manager, Steve Brusk, a JEA/ NSPA fan and former recipient of the High School Journalist of the Year award.
Total participants: 12 individuals (60 minutes)

Sorry, these tour have been canceled:
Verizon Center: Sports Journalism Roundtable
National Public Radio

Transportation: WMATA (public transportation)