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Newseum to open Katrina exhibit on Friday

The exhibit is intended to explore how journalists reported the disaster, despite the challenges inv

The Newseum, an interactive museum about news and journalism in Washington DC will open a special, one-year exhibit - "Covering Katrina" - on Friday.

It will showcase media coverage of Hurricane Katrina which hit the US states of Louisiana and Mississippi five years ago. A first for media coverage of Katrina, the exhibit will include accounts, journalists' belongings, and newspaper stories.

Eighty front pages from newspapers around the world have been put together to explain the series of events pertaining to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

The Newseum has also produced a film with insights from TV and print journalists from two local newspapers -- the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Sun Herald of Biloxi and Gulfport, which shared the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for public service for coverage of the disaster.

The exhibit will mostly focus on exploring how journalists of the two titles reported the disaster in the face of severe challenges.

Accounts by reputed journalists such as NBC's Brian Williams, FOX News' Shepard Smith and ABC's Robin Roberts will also be featured in the exhibit.