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Comedian/Documentarian Harry Shearer calls for better focus in journalism, March 14

March 1, 2011

Comedian and Documentary film maker Harry Shearer will critique the media's coverage of major events, including Hurricane Katrina, at a luncheon March 14 at a National Press Club.

Best known for his iconic voice work on The Simpsons, Shearer is also a documentarian. His film The Big Uneasy focuses on the cause of the flooding after Hurricane Katrina.

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Indie filmmaking event Tuesday to include John Schneider of "Dukes of Hazzard" fame

March 1, 2011

The Young Members and Events Committees at The National Press Club present The Nature of Indie Filmmaking tonight at 7 p.m. in the Club's conference rooms. Celebrity actor, singer John Schneider of Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville and Desperate Housewives and Celebrity producer Mark Joseph of Reagan discuss the process of indie film making and their upcoming film Doonby (www.doonbythemovie.com).

To RSVP go to: http://press.org/events/nature-indie-filmmaking. For the member discount code please email sdriggs@press.org with your name and membership number.

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NPC Movie Preview: "Of Gods and Men", Winner of Cannes Grand Prize, March 8

February 28, 2011

Based on the book by local author and historian, John Kiser, Of Gods and Men tells the true story of a group of French Cistercian Trappist monks caught up in the violence of Algeria’s civil war in the 1990s. The New York Times describes the film as a "beautiful, somber and rigorously intelligent new film by the French director Xavier Beauvois."

The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on March 8 at the West End Cinema, 2301 N Street NW. Following the film, Kiser will answer questions about the events portrayed in the film.

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Book Rap: Washingtonian Editor Graff on FBI and Terrorism; March 28

February 28, 2011

Washingtonian Editor-in-Chief Garrett M. Graff will tell the story of his new book, The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror at a National Press Club Book Rap Monday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Rooms.

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Club Revamps Web Page on Press Freedom

February 24, 2011

The section of the NPC web site dedicated to recording Club actions pertaining to press freedom just got an upgrade.

The page now includes not only a bevy of recent statements and Club actions to combat threats facing journalists in the Mideast and beyond, but also a new section at the top — labeled "Press Freedom Resources" — that contains links to the web sites of several organizations that concern themselves with press freedom or open government.

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Tweeting to Revolution: Panel on Monday to Analyze Egyptian Uprising

February 23, 2011

A panel discussion on how the digital revolution sparked the popular uprising that ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will be tweeted live.

The discussion, to be held Monday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ballroom, features Riz Khan, host of "The Riz Khan Show" on Al Jazeera English.

Viewers may watch the event live at the following link:

http://www.press.org/events/international-correspondents-panel-analyze-d....

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Don't Miss the Deadline: Ford Foundation Award Submissions Due March 4

February 21, 2011

The deadline for the Gerald R. Ford Foundation journalism awards for coverage of the presidency and national defense is March 4. Winners are recognized at a joint NPC/Foundation luncheon in June. Award details may be found by clicking here.

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Ted Turner, T. Boone Pickens Debate Energy Policy at April 19 Luncheon

February 17, 2011

Ted Turner, chairman of Ted Turner Enterprises and CNN founder, will join T. Boone Pickens, founder of BP Capitol, to debate American energy policy during a joint luncheon, Tuesday, April 19.

Pickens will outline his “Pickens Plan” to reduce America’s dependence on Middle East oil through alternate energy sources, such as wind, solar power, and natural gas. Turner will discuss renewable solar energy, including his recent solar projects in New Mexico and Atlanta, as well as nuclear disarmament and global politics.

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Panel to Analyze Digital Media's Role in Egyptian Uprising, Feb. 28

February 17, 2011

A panel of journalists will explore how the digital media revolution sparked the popular uprising that ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, in the First Amendment Lounge.

Riz Khan, host of “The Riz Khan Show” on Al Jazeera English, will give the keynote address and discuss how Al Jazeera stayed on top of the breaking news in Egypt despite government attempts to shut down the Internet. Earlier in his career, he held senior editorial positions at the BBC and CNN International.

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Huckabee Explores Role of Government, Noon Feb. 24

February 16, 2011

Former Arkansas governor and Fox News commentator Mike Huckabee, considered by analysts to be a likely Republican presidential candidate in 2012, will discuss his new book, A Simple Government: Twelve Things We Really Need From Washington (and a Trillion That We Don’t!) at a Newsmaker at noon Thursday, Feb. 24.

Free copies of the book will be available at the event.

-- Ron Baygents, ronaldbaygents@aol.com

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