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NPC Journalism Institute plans 'Election 2012 Boot Camp' Feb. 21, 9:30 a.m.

February 14, 2012 | By Julie Schoo |

The National Press Club's Journalism Institute's Professional Development Committee and the Regional Reporters Association plan to hold an Election 2012 Boot Camp featuring staff from the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The Boot Camp is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Bloomberg Classroom. The event is free but space is limited. Reserve at

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Nearing the Finish Line to Purchase Tickets for Danica Patrick Luncheon, Feb. 21

February 14, 2012 | By Matt Mlynarczyk |

Tickets are still available for a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 21, featuring auto racing driver Danica Patrick.

Patrick, considered by many to be the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing, will discuss her transition from IndyCar to fulltime NASCAR racing just days before her Sprint Cup Series debut at the 54th Annual Daytona 500. Patrick will become only the third woman to compete in the iconic race when she takes the green flag on Sunday, Feb. 26.

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NPC Journalism Institute sponsors census database training for journalists, Feb. 24

February 13, 2012 | By Julie Schoo |

The National Press Club Journalism Institute’s Professional Development Committee plans to hold a workshop by the U.S. Census Bureau to help reporters navigate the Census Bureau's American Fact Finder database.

The class is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. It is free for NPC members; $10 for non-members. RSVP necessary:

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History Committee remembers Houdini, Stewart visits

February 13, 2012 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

This Week In National Press Club History

February 14, 1912: 100 years ago this week, Harry Houdini, the Hungarian-born magician, known for his sensational escapes from straitjackets, chains, jails, and once even from the belly of a whale, visits the National Press Club.

February 16, 1961: In one of several visits to the National Press Club over the years, actor Jimmy Stewart stops by for a casual dinner.

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Mardi Gras starts Feb. 15 at NPC, and so do the Cajun dinner delights

February 13, 2012 | By Susan Delbert |

Starting Wednesday, Feb 15, and continuing Thursday and Friday of that week and Fat Tuesday on Feb 21, enjoy a three course dinner of Cajun delicacies in the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

Three course Mardi Gras food will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; reservations are requested 24 hours in advance, but some space may be available for walk-in diners. Call 202-662-7638 or email to reserve.

The cost? Only $30 for members and their guests, $35 for non-members.

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Ah the romance, the love -- the food! Fourth Estate is for you Feb. 14

February 13, 2012 | By Susan Delbert |

Valentine’s Day dinner in the Fourth Estate Restaurant on Tuesday, Feb 14 will include entrees to warm the heart: Vegetarian stuffed Grape Leaves, Virginia Black Bass, Duck Breast or NY Strip Steak. Is there any better way to treat him or her?

The cost is only $30 for members and their guests, $35 for non-members, and two glasses of Champagne are included.

The special menu will also include appetizers ranging from Butter Fried Oyster and Green Salad with Heart-Beets to Gravlax Cured Salmon. Dessert is a choice of Raspberry Custard Tart, Tangerine Ice or Baked Alaska.

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NPC series highlighting how social media can drive real-world change starts tonight

February 9, 2012 | By Monica Gray |

Strategists and entrepreneurs who are using social media to make positive contributions to the world will be the focus of a new series, "Social Media 4 Social Good.''

The event premieres today, February 9 at 7 p.m. with host Monica Gray interviewing social media guru Aaron Sherinian of the UN Foundation. Sherinian is widely-regarded as a technological game-changer in the international development arena.

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Reporter Ganim to discuss role in uncovering Penn State child abuse allegations

February 9, 2012 | By Julie Schoo |

Sara Ganim of the Harrisburg Patriot-News will discuss ``Getting the Story,'' a session exploring her coverage of the Penn State child abuse allegations, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the NPC Conference Rooms.

Ganim's reporting for the Harrisburg Patriot-News uncovered allegations of child abuse against former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Rick Dunham, president of the NPC Journalism Institute and Washington Bureau Chief of the Houston Chronicle, will lead the discussion.

Reserve a space by e-mailing

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San Diego Mayor Sanders to discuss pension and retiree health benefit reform Feb. 13

February 8, 2012 | By Patti Giglio |

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders will discuss his city’s pension reform efforts, his plan to address soaring retiree health care expenses and the city’s economic future at a Newsmaker press conference Monday, February 13, at 10:00 a.m. at the National Press Club.

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New Orleans, anyone? NPC celebrates Mardi Gras starting Feb. 15

February 7, 2012 | By Susan Delbert |

"Pass a Good Time" in the Fourth Estate Restaurant and enjoy a three course dinner worth of a Cajun “Gumbo ya-ya,'' starting Wednesday, Feb 15, and continuing Thursday, Feb 16, Friday, Feb 17 and Fat Tuesday, Feb 21.

The week precedes Ash Wednesday, Feb 22, and is a time for y’all to “Laissez le Bon temp rouler:” $30 for members and their guests, $35 for non-members.

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