On April 28, we'll be heading to USAToday.com for a newsroom tour and talk, beginning at 1:45 p.m. We'll talk with staffers about storytelling, story presentation and reader interaction. You will be given assigned questions to answer about the visit; your typed responses will count as an in-class grade, and will be due at the start of our last class. If you'd like, we could pre-arrange for carpools. We'll end the session at 3:15 p.m., to allow driving time before your next class. Our host will be Josh Hatch, interactives director of USAToday.
Please review the site carefully before the trip!
The office is in Northern Virginia, a stone's throw from Tyson's Corner II, and about 25 miles from here. Here's the address:
7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22108-0605
Here are directions from google maps, from Route 1 in College Park:
* Merge onto CAPITAL BELTWAY/ I-495 W toward NORTHERN VIRGINIA/ BETHESDA.
Go about 20 miles.
* Merge onto CHAIN BRIDGE RD/ VA-123 S via exit number 46A toward TYSONS CORNER/ VIENNA. Go about .50 mile.
* Turn RIGHT onto TYSONS BLVD. Go .3 mile.
* Turn right at Westbranch Dr. Go .5 mile.
Take 2nd right onto JONES BRANCH DR. Go 364 feet.
Tips for parking: Just before the main building, you’ll see flag poles and a guard shack on your right. Pull in to show your ID to the guard, and park where he directs you.
Then come in to the lobby to the security desk. I have supplied the guards with all of your names, so they’ll be expecting you. I'll be there, too.