84 Deaths Made 2012 the Fourth Deadliest Year Ever for Journalists


WASHINGTON — The Newseum in Washington, D.C., has launched a public awareness campaign to bring attention to the dangers journalists face while gathering and reporting news around the world. The Newseum is encouraging newspapers, magazines, broadcasters and blogs to publish an ad, provided by the Newseum, on Monday, May 13, the same day the museum will rededicate its Journalists Memorial with the names of 84 journalists who died reporting the news in 2012.

The ad, which honors the journalists who gave their lives in 2012, is available for download in a number of sizes designed to accommodate common print and Web ad specifications. The full page ad features photos of the journalists, their names and respective news organizations, and the country in which they died. Custom sizes are available but must be requested by Wednesday, May 8, in time for a Friday, May 10, delivery. To request a custom ad, please send your size specifications to marketing@newseum.org. News organizations that choose to participate in the campaign will be recognized on the Newseum’s Journalists Memorial Web page.

Each year, the Newseum rededicates the Journalists Memorial with the names of newspeople who died the previous year. The soaring 40-foot-high structure holds 24 glass panels, each weighing approximately 700 pounds. With this year’s addition of 90 names, including six journalists from previous years whose stories were brought to the attention of the Newseum in 2012, the Journalists Memorial will honor a total of 2,246 reporters, photographers, broadcasters and news executives from around the world, dating back to 1837.