National Press Club

Conference shines light on campaign donation payoffs, April 26-27

March 14, 2013 | By Julie Schoo |

The Center for Responsive Politics and the National Press Club Journalism Institute are teaming up to help reporters find out what all those campaign contributions bought.

The two-day conference takes place from 2 - 5 p.m. Friday, April 26, followed by a reception, and from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Club. Panelists will be announced at a later date.

The cost is $15 for Club members and $25 for non-members. Register here.

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Take sneak peek at "Central Park Five" documentary, 6:45 pm April 11

March 14, 2013 | By Melinda Cooke |

The National Press Club presents an advance screening of award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns’ latest project, "The Central Park Five," at 6:45 p.m. April 11.

The screening and discussion will be a prelude to Burns' appearance at National Press Club Luncheon on April 12.

Doors open at 6:30 pm and the documentary will begin at 6:45 pm followed by questions and answers with the filmmakers, Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns, and two of the Central Park Five.

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Friedenberg Online Journalism Award recognizes innovative, creative online work

March 12, 2013 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club wants to recognize the best of cutting-edge online work by those in the news business with the Joan M. Friedenberg Online Journalism Award.

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Author, consumer electronics group leader Gary Shapiro to discuss book on innovation tonight

March 12, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association, will discuss his new book, "Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses," at 6:30 p.m. April 3 in the First Amendment Lounge.

The event is free, but registration is required by clicking here. A book signing will follow the discussion.

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Club marks Sunshine Week with FOIA program, 6:30 pm March 14

March 11, 2013 | By Julie Schoo |

During Sunshine Week, March 10-16, the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Club's Professional Affairs and Freedom of the Press Committees plan to help journalists and others obtain information that the government might not want them to have.

Reporters and watchdogs will offer tips on how to use the Freedom of Information Act to ferret out documents and data at a panel scheduled 6:30 to 8 p.m. on March 14.

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Happy 105th birthday, National Press Club!

March 11, 2013 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

This Week in National Press Club History

March 12, 1908: The National Press Club is born at a meeting of 32 enthusiastic newspapermen -- earning in those days, perhaps, $15 or $18 a week -- in a room lent by the Washington Chamber of Commerce in the Brentano Building at 12th and F streets, N.W.

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NPC journalism contest to honor best critical coverage of the news industry

March 6, 2013 | By Will Lester |

As part of its annual journalism contest, the National Press Club will recognize the best coverage of the news industry and journalistic practices of last year.

The Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism, named for the former reporter for U.S. News and World Report and award sponsor, rewards the best critical look at the news industry, its practice and its ethics.

Paul Farhi of The Washington Post won the award last year for his examination of some of journalism's shadier practices.

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Wanted: The best political writing and analysis

March 3, 2013 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club, as part of its annual journalism contest, wants to see the best journalism examining politicians, their campaign strategies and their policies.

The top story in the category, which will be picked from coverage of the past year's political campaign season, will win the Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis. The award recognizes the best in political writing, with an emphasis on the best analysis.

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Make your Wednesday TGIW: Dine and listen to live jazz in the Fourth Estate

March 2, 2013 | By Susan Delbert | sd

Only two days to wait! On Wednesday, March 6, jazz is coming to the Fourth Estate restaurant.

The restaurant will host its first “Jazz Night” -- to be continued the first Wednesday of every month -- in conjunction with Blues Alley, Georgetown’s home for jazz.

Music will be provided by musician-members of the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra. These musicians and orchestra alumni are graduates of America’s top music conservatories and among the most talented instrumentalists in the Washington area.

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Panel to assess impact of next round of FCC media consolidation rules March 6

March 1, 2013 | By Herb Perone |

The impact of the Federal Communication Commission’s ongoing relaxation of rules on media consolidation, which already has resulted in the closing of many local TV and radio stations and the loss of thousands of journalists’ jobs, will be explored by panelists at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference on Wednesday, March 6.

The timely discussion, scheduled for 10 p.m. in the Murrow Room, comes amid expectations that the FCC will launch another round of media consolidation rulemaking in the next few weeks.

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