National Press Club

When Journalism Becomes the Story: How Does the Press Respond?

When Journalism Becomes the Story: How Does the Press Respond?

April 19, 2017 9:00 AM

Location: Murrow Room

When Journalism Becomes the Story: How Does the Press Respond?

The challenges to journalists are coming fast and furious: Access denied; outright falsehoods; alternative facts; sources afraid to talk. The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the club’s professional training affiliate, is joining forces with another non-profit dedicated to journalism education, the National Press Foundation, to host a half-day symposium on the morning of April 19. Our panelists will include beat reporters and industry leaders. The goal: to help the working press begin brainstorming on how to navigate the treacherous landscape facing us today.

9am - 10:15am

Introduction: Kathy Kiely, Press Freedom Fellow, National Press Club Journalism Institute

Panel I: When journalism becomes politicized: How is access being denied? Are reporters being threatened? What are beat reporters seeing-- or not seeing? What differs from past practice?


  • Moderator: Barbara Cochran, president, NPC Journalism Institute board of directors
  • Margaret Talev: Bloomberg and White House Correspondents Association incoming president
  • Coral Davenport, New York Times
  • Kevin Johnson, USA Today
  • George Condon, National Journal
  • Caitlin Emma, POLITICO
  • Travis Tritten, Washington Examiner and Military Reporters and Editors association VP
  • Matt Lee, Associated Press and State Department Correspondents Association president

10:30am - 11:45am

PANEL II: What journalists can do: How should we react when colleagues are excluded, sources refuse to identify themselves? Do boycotts or group actions make sense? How do we counter accusations and false charges against us, or fake news? We will share workarounds.


  • Moderator: Sandy Johnson, president, National Press Foundation
  • Carrie Budoff Brown, Politico
  • Terry Murphy, C-SPAN
  • Chris Isham, CBS bureau chief
  • David Lauter, LA Times bureau chief
  • Rachel Smolkin, CNN digital executive editor of Politics
  • Mark Memmott, NPR standards editor

Additional speakers TBD

Event details:
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW (14th & F Streets)
13th Floor – Murrow Room
Washington, DC 20045
Wednesday, April 19th
9am - 12pm
$5 for NPC members and general public

For More Information On This Event, Contact:

Kathy Kiely