National Press Club

Campaign Finance Experts Discuss Upcoming Court Case at Oct. 1 Newsmaker

October 3, 2013 | By Jonathan D. Salant |

Two advocates of stronger campaign finance laws told a Club Newsmaker Oct. 1 that an upcoming Supreme Court case is ``about blowing up the contribution limits.''

Former Federal Election Commission Chairman Trevor Potter, founding president of the Campaign Legal Center, and Fred Wertheimer, founder and president of the advocacy group Democracy 21, previewed McCutcheon v. FEC, which the High Court will hear Oct. 8.

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Communicators Summit Scheduled for Oct. 18

October 3, 2013 | By Tom McMahon |

Journalists and communicators will get together Friday, Oct. 18 for the NPC Communicators Summit to discuss how they are using social media to do their jobs.

The Communications and Marketing Committee is sponsoring the summit, which is set to take place in the Zenger Room starting with a networking breakfast at 8 a.m. Admission is $30 for NPC members and $50 for non-members.

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Help Support the Book Fair

October 3, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Club members are invited to join “Friends of the Book Fair” in support of the Journalism Institute’s 36th Annual Book Fair & Authors’ Night, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 19.

“Friend of the Book Fair” contributions of $25 will support the institute, which provides training, research and resources for news professionals and scholarships for the next generation of journalists. Cpntributions are tax-deductible.

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Silent Auction Ends Today

October 3, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Here's Your Chance to Win a Trip to Hong Kong - Just One of Many Items in the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Silent Auction!

Online bidding for the annual silent auction that accompanies the Fourth Estate Award dinner ends at 4 p.m. today. Proceeds go to the Club's Journalism Institute.

Click here ( to enter the online auction.

Winners who are not attending the event will be notified by email on Monday, Oct. 7.

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Reliable Source Celebrates Oktoberfest on Oct. 17

October 3, 2013 | By Mesfin Mekonen |

The Reliable Source's annual Oktoberfest buffet takes place on Thursday, Oct. 17, starting at 5:30 p.m. Accordion player Roy Beyer to entertain and play Bavarian music. The cost is $22, plus tax and gratuities.

Reservations for this event are encouraged by contacting at 202-662-7443 or by e-mail at

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Exhibit and Discussion of Photojournalist John Launois Schedueld for Oct. 7

October 3, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

John Launois, the late photojournalist whose subjects included U.S. presidents, wars, and the Beatles, will be the subject of an exhibition and book discussion Monday, Oct. 7, at the Club.

The reception will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, in the Holeman Lounge and feature a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres. The discussion will begin at 6:45 p.m. and conclude with a signing and a discussion of his book, ``L'Americain: A Photojournalist's Life,'' that was co-authored by his son, Chris Pan Launois.

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Syrian Refugee Problem Is Subject of Oct. 8 Newsmaker

October 3, 2013 | By Patti Giglio |

A club Newsmaker on Tuesday, Oct. 8, will focus on the refugee problem caused by the Syrian civil war.

Sen. Robert Casey, Jr., D-Pa., sponsor of Syria Democratic Transition Act of 2013; and Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps, the leading responder to the Syria crisis, will discuss the situation on the ground and humanitarian efforts underway as refugees flood neighboring countries.

The event begins at 10 a.m. in the Bloomberg Room.

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Books & Brunch to Look at Press Follies Oct. 19

October 3, 2013 | By Jack Williams |

The Oct. 19 NPC Books & Brunch meeting will feature a look at press foibles and follies through a lens of the past.

The discussion of the book “Just Enough Liebling: Classic Work by the legendary New Yorker Writer A. J. Liebling” begins at noon on the 19th in the Club’s Fourth Estate restaurant.

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First black Miss Israel embraces Ethiopian roots

October 2, 2013 | By Lou Priebe

Miss Israel Yityish "Titi" Aynaw, the country's first Ethiopian-born pageant queen, visited the Naitonal Press Club Sept. 25 as part of a U.S. tour.

Aynaw, orphaned as a child and sent to live with her grandparents in Israel, is part of a small community of Ethiopian Jews.

Aynaw, who became a model after completing her service in the Israeli Army, toured the Club and met with reporters and Club members. Club Vice President Myron Belkind presented Aynaw with the traditional NPC coffee mug.

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Panel on TV Advertising's Future Scheduled for Oct. 7

October 2, 2013 | By Allyson Cannon |

The future of TV advertising will be the subject of a ``Get It Online'' program from 8:30-10:30 on Monday, Oct. 7, in the Conference Rooms.

TV commercials, from Johnson's ``Daisy'' to Reagan’s “Morning in America,” have been defining elements in campaigns for decades. But do they have a future when more Americans use smartphones and the Internet rather than watch television?

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