National Press Club

Dave Barry to discuss new book `Insane City' Feb. 1 at Journalism Institute fundraiser

December 11, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist and New York Times-bestselling author Dave Barry will discuss his new book, "Insane City," on Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. in the Conference Rooms. A book signing will follow the discussion.

Registration is required at Tickets are free for NPC members and $5 for the general public. The author will only sign books purchased through the National Press Club.

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Muslim commission on human rights to discuss women's, children's issues Dec. 13

December 11, 2012 | By David Hodes |

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) is the first Muslim commission on human rights, making the rights of women and children its top priority.

During a Newsmaker beginning at noon Thursday, Dec. 13, in the club's Zenger Room, IPHRC members will discuss the work being done by the commission to support human rights and women’s rights, in particular in countries that have not always effectively protected women’s rights.

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NPC Institute offers database, spreadsheet training in January

December 9, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman |

The NPC Journalism Institute is diving back into data journalism in early 2013 with four new classes – two for spreadsheets and two for databases.

The database class will be taught by David Donald, data editor at the Center for Public Integrity, who has taught journalists all over the country how to extract great stories from piles of data. The spreadsheet classes will be taught by JoElla Straley from NPR's research library.

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Reserve early for New Years Eve dinner at the Fourth Estate

December 5, 2012 | By Olivia Haver |

The Fourth Estate restaurant is hosting a New Years Eve dinner on Monday, December 31, with seating at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate with tantalizing dishes such as grilled Virginia oysters, seared duck breast and apple streusel cake with bourbon cream cheese icing!

Members pay $85, non-members $95, for a three course prix fixe menu.

Reservations are requested by Friday, December 28th to assure a table. Phone: 202-662-7638.

For the full menu, see:

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Get tips for driving blog traffic at Communicators Breakfast Dec. 14

December 4, 2012 | By Tom McMahon |

Do you want to start a blog but don’t know where to begin? Or do you
have a blog but don’t know why your posts aren't being shared?

Get answers to those questions about blogging and more at the NPC
Communicators Breakfast Friday, Dec. 14 at 8 a.m. in the Truman

Devon Hopkins, director of Client Services at Social Driver, an
award-winning digital agency based in Washington, will talk about how
to plan your blog efforts, produce quality shareable content and post
it effectively, promote your blog to attract audiences, and review
your efforts to ensure success.

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Senator Sanders to discuss "fiscal cliff" concerns at Dec. 5 Newsmaker

December 2, 2012 | By Jamila Bey |

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent, will discuss ongoing budget negotiations, the so-called fiscal cliff and the need to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from potential cuts.

The National Press Club Newsmaker begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the club's Zenger Room.

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ABC News' Jake Tapper to discuss new book

November 29, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman |

ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper will discuss his new book, "The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor," from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in the Conference Rooms on Wednesday, Dec. 5. A book signing will follow the discussion.

Tickets are free for National Press Club members and $5 for non-members. No outside books will be permitted.

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Campaign Finance, Inauguration Topics of Panels Dec. 4, Dec. 10

November 29, 2012

Here's a reminder about some professional development events taking place at the Club next month:

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Wife, lawyer to discuss Alan Gross case at Nov. 30 Newsmaker

November 28, 2012 | By Ron Baygents |

The case of Alan Gross, a U.S. Agency for International Development subcontractor who remains in a Cuban prison, will be the subject of Newmaker on Friday, Nov. 30. Gross' wife, Judy, and their lawyer, Jared Genser, will speak.

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Upcoming National Press Club luncheons

November 28, 2012 | By Melinda Cooke |

Here is a list of upcoming National Press Club luncheons. All luncheons are open to credentialed media. Tickets are available to the public except where noted. All luncheons are held in the Club Ballroom unless otherwise noted.

For more information go to or email

Dec. 7 - James Taylor, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter. Topic: Election Reform.

Dec. 18 - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Topic: TBD. This event is limited to members and guests only. Credentialed press may cover this event with ID.

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