National Press Club

Speak in the New Year! Enhance your presentation skills with Toastmasters, Jan. 9

January 8, 2017 | By Leslie Kingsley | lrkingsley@gmail.com

Come hone your presentation skills with the National Press Club’s Toastmasters group on Monday, Jan. 9 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the McClendon Room.

Develop your expertise by practicing prepared deliveries, extemporaneous speaking, and giving cogent answers to spontaneous questions. Share your knowledge by listening to others and offering them your critical feedback. You will hone your own communication talents while helping others to improve theirs.

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Newsmaker today: How civil disobedience could challenge the Trump Administration

January 6, 2017 | By David Hodes | dhodes11@gmail.com

Will civil disobedience be used to disrupt a new administration that sees itself as disruptive? And, what makes a breach of law an act of civil disobedience? When is civil disobedience morally justified? Can it go too far?

A panel of activists at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference will discuss these and other issues at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 6, in the club’s Zenger Room.

Panelists include:

  • Micah White, the co-founder of Occupy Wall Street;

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Reserve now! Club to fete newly elected club president at inaugural gala, Jan. 14

January 1, 2017 | By Suzanne Struglinski | sstruglinski@press.org

Jeffrey Ballou will be inaugurated as the National Press Club's 110th president at a black-tie affair on Saturday, Jan. 14.

The "Club of Champions" gala for Ballou, news editor at Al Jazeera Media Network English language channel, will honor both his hometown of Pittsburgh, where the National Hockey League's Penguins are defending the Stanley Cup, and the past, present and future members of the National Press Club

The event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. and an after party with dancing to Beats by DJ Scientific.

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The future of health care will be subject of Jan. 9 luncheon with HHS Secretary Burwell

December 29, 2016 | By Lindsay Underwood | lunderwood@press.org

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell will discuss the the impact of the Republican-promised repeal of the Affordable Care Act at a club luncheon Jan. 9.

The health care law has brought coverage to more than 20 million Americans who would no longer have insurance if Republicans do away with it, as President-elect Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail. Republicans have not offered any alternative that covers as many Americans.

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Update-1 covers the benefits National Press Club membership

December 29, 2016 | By Adam Konowe | adam.konowe@tmpgovernment.com

The National Press Club offers numerous opportunities for professional development and socializing. With so many ways to take advantage of the Club, where should one begin?

In this Update-1 podcast, Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Julia Haskins talks to Board of Governors member and Membership Secretary Molly McCluskey about the benefits of joining the organization. Molly shares her insider tips for getting the most out of membership, from connecting with mentors to enjoying free food.

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Reminder: National Press Club closed Monday, Jan. 2 to observe New Year's Day

December 26, 2016 | By Jonathan D. Salant | jds15@aol.com

The National Press Club will close Jan. 2 in observance of New Year's Day.

Because the holidays occur on Sunday this year, they also are observed on Monday.

The club will reopen for business on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

The club's officers, Board of Governors and staff wishes the membership a Happy New Year.

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Journalism Institute seeks press freedom fellow

December 26, 2016 | By Julie Schoo | jschoo@press.org

Want to help fight for press freedom? The National Press Club Journalism Institute is offering a press freedom fellowship to shine a light on barriers to press freedoms abroad and in the United States.

Individuals with expertise or interest are invited to seek the one-year, part-time position. A monthly stipend will be provided.

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Still time to pick up books at Club Library

December 21, 2016 | By Crystal White | cwhite@press.org

There still time to pick up a book from the National Press Club Library as a hoilday gift.

The National Press Club Journalism Institute's holiday book sale will run through Friday from 10 a.m.–12p.m. and 2p.m.–4 p.m., Books will cost from $2-$10. Cash and credit cards accepted.

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Club podcast focuses on freedom of expression online

December 20, 2016 | By Adam Konowe | adam.konowe@tmpgovernment.com

Consumer reviews on sites like Amazon and Google have provided everyday users an opportunity to share their own opinions. However, technology’s rise has triggered debate about the freedom of expression, leaving users vulnerable to contentious litigation for writing about their experience online.

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Remember when LBJ gave a farewell conference at the Club?

December 18, 2016 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein | eksmithb@verizon.net

Only a week before he left the presidency in January 1969, Lyndon Johnson chose the National Press Club for his final news conference.

Although an honorary member, Johnson stopped to sign the guest register as he left. Almost immediately, some unknown person ripped the page from the book. Was it a Vietnam War protest or just the theft of a valuable autograph? To this day no one knows.

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