National Press Club

Travel to the Baltic republics in May

March 8, 2012 | By Pat Schoeni | pqschoeni@aol.com

Join the NPC trip to the Baltic Republics May 19-30, 2012. This is a rare opportunity to visit the historical capitals of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

The trip begins in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, once the largest medieval state in Europe. This small independent democratic country is rich in historical monuments and lovely landscapes. Sightseeing includes St. Stanislav Cathedral, Gediminas Castle and the Old Vilnius University while walking through narrow, winding alleys and courtyards. Travel to the 12th century town of Trakai and Kaunas outside of Vilnius.

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Rowse Award to honor best work in critical coverage of the news industry

March 8, 2012 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

The National Press Club wants to see the best coverage of the news industry and journalistic practices from the 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. This competition is increasingly important at a time when the news business is going through dramatic changes in both in technology and the business itself.

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Learn iPhone reporting March 30

March 8, 2012 | By Julie Schoo | jschoo@press.org

Learn iPhone reporting Friday, March 30, at 9:30 a.m. WTOP reporter and iPhone whiz Neal Augenstein will offer a "how to" session at the NPC's Journalism Institute on everything from reporting to recording with the popular phone that does much more. Learn the power of smartphone reporting with this interactive class - be sure to bring your phone! You'll get: an overview of smartphone reporting, tips and technology recommendations, suggested apps and resources, a hands-on walk-through and time for Q and A.

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NPC Marks 'Sunshine Week' with forum, happy hour next week

March 8, 2012 | By John Donnelly | jdonnelly@cq.com

Next week is "Sunshine Week," an annual mid-March discussion of the importance of open government, and the National Press Club will mark it by cosponsoring a forum and a happy hour on back-to-back nights.

On Tuesday, March 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the National Press Club's Freedom of the Press Committee and the D.C. Open Government Coalition will present the D.C. Open Government Summit, on the state of government transparency in the District. A reception follows.

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Wanted: Excellent journalism about the well-being of animals

March 7, 2012 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

The National Press Club wants to recognize your best work on animals and the threats they face with the Ann Cottrell Free Animal Reporting Award.

Established by the family of journalist and longtime Press Club member Ann Cottrell Free, who wrote extensively about animals and their welfare, this prize recognizes serious work by journalists that informs and educates the public about threats facing animals.

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Baseball players’ bargaining representative to speak at Luncheon

March 6, 2012 | By Marilyn Geewax | MGeewax@npr.org

Michael Weiner, executive director and general counsel of the Major League Baseball Players’ Association (MLBPA) will speak at a Luncheon on Wednesday, April 11.

The “boys of spring” soon will be on baseball fields in Washington, D.C. and around the nation. Weiner will “throw out the first pitch” to fans and the media.

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Alexander McCall Smith to discuss new No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel

March 4, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman | nhoffman@press.org

Alexander McCall Smith will discuss the latest book in his No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, “The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection" at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the National Press Club Ballroom.

The Press Club event is McCall Smith's only appearance in Washington, D.C. for this book.

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Just a few days to reserve for Scotch Dinner Monday

March 2, 2012 | By Donna Leinwand Leger | dleinwand@usatoday.com

Taste five boutique Scotch whiskies with a perfectly paired four-course dinner at the Fourth Estate's March 5 dinner featuring artisanal, small-batch Scotch maker Compass Box.

Compass Box is shaking up the whiskey industry with its distinctive, award-winning blends. Diners will have an exclusive opportunity to meet, discuss and taste the Scotch with whisky maker John Glaser, an American who founded Compass Box in 2000.

Diners will taste Asyla, Oak Cross, Peat Monster, Orangerie and Spice Tree during this one-of-a-kind meal.

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Former Afghan cabinet member to speak on women and human rights in Afghanistan

March 2, 2012 | By Tejinder Singh | tejindersinghdc@gmail.com

Sima Samar, Chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission and a former member of the Afghan cabinet, will speak at a Newsmaker at noon on Wednesday, March 7.

Samar, an advocate for women’s rights, will address the issues faced by Afghan women and the human rights situation in Afghanistan in light of the imminent departure of the United States and other international forces.

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Walter Isaacson to talk about genius and journalism in the next Kalb Report

March 2, 2012 | By Gilbert Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

What is genius? Walter Isaacson knows. He is the biographer of Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and most recently, Steve Jobs. On Tuesday, March 20, he will join Marvin Kalb on the next edition of "The Kalb Report." They will talk about "Leadership, Genius and the Future of Journalism" by exploring the traits of leadership and how they apply to journalism in the digital age. Join them in the National Press Club ballroom. Get there early for a good seat before the 8:00 p.m. showtime. Admission is free, but seats are limited.

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