National Press Club

Club Institute and media lawyers launch tracker for denials of media access to governments

August 11, 2017 | By Kathy Kiely |

The National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Media Law Resource Center have launched an effort to monitor day-to-day impediments facing journalists covering federal, state and local government.

The Institute has created a simple online form that anyone can fill out any time a public official is muzzled, government data is denied or other types of information that belong to the public are kept from the public. Worried about leaving digital fingerprints? Mail us:

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Attention authors: Applications now being accepted for 40th annual NPC Book Fair

August 2, 2017 | By Crystal White |

Applications are now being accepted for the National Press Club's 40th annual Book Fair, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 10.

The deadline for requesting a space is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered

All literary genres are considered, though self-published books and e-books are ineligible. The application fee of $75 for Club members and $150 for non-members is due and payable upon acceptance to the Book Fair.

Authors are expected to be available for the entire event, which runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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Register now for Friday forum on cooling hostilities between the press and public officials

August 2, 2017 | By Crystal White |

A panel of journalists and past and present government public relations officials will discuss ways of reducing the increasing hostilities between the press and the people they cover at a forum on Friday sponsored by the National Press Club Journalism Institute, the Club's nonprofit arm.

The program, Can We Talk? Public Access, Security and Civility in a Hyper-Partisan Age, will run from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Admission is free but RSVPs are required.

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Tickets on sale for annual Fourth Estate Award, Oct. 4

July 30, 2017 | By Crystal White |

Tickets are on sale for the annual Fourth Estate Award gala, which this year will give Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon the National Press Club's highest award.

Kornheiser and Wilbon are award-winning sports journalists and co-hosts of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption. The dinner is scheduled for Oct. 4. For more information or to buy tickets to the black tie-optional event, click here.

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Former ethics chief to speak at Club Friday

July 26, 2017 | By Charles Porcari |

The former head of the Office of Government Ethics will speak at a Headliners Newsmaker on Friday at 10 a.m. in the Lisagor Room.

Walter M. Shaub, Jr. recently left his position before his five-year term expired to work on ethics issues at the , who served until July 19 as the director of the Campaign Legal Center, headed by Trevor Potter, former legal counsel to several Republican presidential candidates and a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission.

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Club to celebrate outstanding journalism on Friday

July 26, 2017 | By Will Lester |

Tickets are still available for the National Press Club's annual journalism awards dinner on Friday.

Outstanding reporting will be recognized in such categories as politics, consumer issues, online journalism and aviation. The evening starts with a reception at 6 p.m. and then dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online.

For more information, contact:Joann Booze at or 202-662-7532.

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Journalists and the people they cover to discuss civility Aug. 4

July 26, 2017 | By Julie Schoo |

Reporters, press secretaries and outside observers will convene at the Club on Friday, Aug. 4, to discuss ways of improving the discourse on Capitol Hill.

The event, sponsored by the National Press Club's Journalism Institute, will take place from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. in the First Amendment Lounge. Admission is free but reservations are required and can be made online.

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Club's annual awards dinner this Friday

July 23, 2017 | By Will Lester |

Some of the best journalistic work in reporting on consumer issues, politics and breaking news will be recognized at the Club's annual awards dinner on Friday.

The winners of the Club’s journalism contests will be honored at a reception in the Holeman Lounge beginning at 6 p.m. and a dinner to follow at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom.

Among the other categories are young journalists, newsletter journalism, media criticism, online techniques in storytelling and coverage of animal rights, aviation issues, the elderly and foreign affairs.

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Inside look at Freedom Caucus at Headliners Luncheon Monday

July 23, 2017

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, warned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. that supporting the opponent of a Freedom Caucus Member in an upcoming special election in Alabama was not "prudent," The Hill reported July 13.

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Former Census Director on Tuesday plans to explain why he left

July 22, 2017 | By Debra Silimeo |

John Thompson plans to explain his recent departure from the U.S. Census Bureau and what to expect from the bureau going forward at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Club’s conference rooms.

This news conference is open to credentialed media and Club members, free of charge but advance registration is required. Please click here to register.

Thompson left the Census Bureau leaderless just as preparations for the 2020 Census were ramping up.

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