October 26, 1999
WASHINGTON, OCT. 26, 1999-A fully equipped Media Visitors Center opened on Capitol Hill yesterday, the creation of The Heritage Foundation's Center for Media and Public Policy. The facility will serve as a "home away from home" for journalists visiting the nation's capital.
Use of the Media Visitors Center is available at no charge with advance reservations. The suite includes three individual work areas with telephone, fax machine, PC, modem, and individual e-mail address and Internet access.
Located on the fifth floor of the Heritage Foundation's headquarters on the Senate side of the Capitol, just a half-block from the Metro subway, the Media Visitors Center is convenient to Congress, the White House, executive branch departments and agencies, the General Accounting Office and the rest of official Washington.
"The idea is to provide journalists doing Washington stories with a quiet, comfortable and convenient place to work," said Heritage Vice President for Communications Herb Berkowitz.
The Media Visitors Center is intended for use by newspaper and Internet editors and reporters, broadcast news producers and reporters, editorial page editors and columnists, and freelance journalists working on assignment.
The Center for Media and Public Policy was established earlier this year to improve the communications knowledge and abilities of the Heritage staff and other conservatives involved in public policy, and to promote understanding between conservatives and the media.
Besides Berkowitz, who also serves as the center's director, the staff includes Manager of Professional Development and Training James Hill, whose 30-year career as a newspaper journalist included 11 years at The Los Angeles Times, and Manager of Media Programs Mark Tapscott, most recently a managing editor with The Journal Newspapers in suburban Washington and an active public-access advocate with a Maryland-based press association.
The center's editorial advisory board includes six Pulitzer Prize winners.
The Heritage Foundation is one of America's largest and most influential non-profit research organizations, with a staff of 180 and an annual budget of $30 million. It has offices in Washington, D.C., Hong Kong and Moscow.