SLATE Magazine and Panoply Podcasting
February 7, 2017 | CCTechTours started 2016 with a bang at the highly relevant, unfake news outlet SLATE Magazine. SLATE, a "general-interest web publication offering analysis and commentary about politics, news, business, technology, and culture" hosted students in its Dupont office and discussed everything from perspective journalism to social branding across digital platforms to the current surreal media climate ("politics is SLATE's bread and butter!" said one staffer.) News Editor Chad Lorenz and Audience Engagement Editor Evan Mackinder shared insights and took questions about the future of online newsmedia, and skyped in Christy Mirabal from Panoply's New York office to talk podcast partnerships, distribution, advertising, and analytics. CCTers from a broad cross section of interests enjoyed the dynamic presentation from one of the preiminent online news publications.
Smithsonian Latino Center
March 17, 2017 | The tour at the Smithsonian Latino Center was both informative and fun. The Smithsonian Latino Center was created in 1997. It works collaboratively with the Institution's museums and research centers to promote Latino Presence within the Smithsonian.
During the 2 hour tour, our host Ranald Woodaman walked us through the history and the structure of the Center and shared his insights on exhibition and museum design. We discussed the challenges that the Center faces such as how to represent Latino comprehensively and properly, how to tell a linear and complete story in an exhibition when the visitors' path is often jumpy.
Library of Congress
April 11, 2017 | In April CCTechTours took a dive into U.S. history with a visit to the Library of Congress! The Library is a resource for members of Congress, but the materials are open to anyone over the age of sixteen with a photo ID and a valid research purpose. Our host, Congressional Relations Specialist Brian Williams, described the challenges of making immense collections available. We talked about preservation, digitization, and opportunities to use new media strategies to bring these records to life. We toured the Jefferson Building where the group got to stand inside the hallowed Main Reading Room. From there we traveled underground to the Madison Building, and were treated to a sampling of the archives, including a letter written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a handprint taken from Amelia Earhart, and Thomas Jefferson's hair. CCTers were awed by the materials, and invited to apply their skills to the task of promoting them to the world.