National Press Club

Club contest seeks best 2015 journalism on international affairs

February 18, 2016 | By Will Lester |

The best reporting about international affairs in 2015 will be honored by the Edwin M. Hood award in the National Press Club journalism contest.

The Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence is named for a distinguished diplomatic correspondent for The Associated Press and a founding member of the National Press Club. The awards - one for broadcast and one for print - recognize excellence in reporting on diplomatic and foreign policy issues. Entrants must demonstrate an understanding of American foreign policy and how foreign affairs affect those policies.

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Club, D.C. Open Government Coalition to present summit March 15

February 17, 2016 | By Julie Schoo |

Celebrating Sunshine Week 2016, the National Press Club’s Freedom of the Press Committee will join with the D.C. Open Government Coalition to present the fifth annual D.C. Open Government Summit on Tuesday, March 15, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to all, but registration is required. A reception will follow the program.

The 2016 D.C. Open Government Summit will focus on the state of government transparency in the District of Columbia.

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Club contest seeks best critical writing about journalism

February 17, 2016 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club journalism contest wants to honor the best writing and critical analysis about the news industry with the Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism.

The award is looking for work from 2015 that examines the role and work of the news media. All entries must focus on criticism of journalistic practices or reporting on the industry, and must encourage responsible media behavior.

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Authors of book on autism to speak Feb. 17

February 12, 2016 | By Jamie Horwitz |

John Donvan and Caren Zucker, authors of the new New York Times bestseller, "In A Different Key: The Story of Autism," will discuss the fraught and high stakes controversies swirling around autism on Feb. 17, at 10 a.m., in the National Press Club’s Zenger Room.

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Press Club journalism contest seeks best regional reporting of 2015

February 11, 2016 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club wants to reward the best work in 2015 of regional reporters who cover politicians and issues in Washington from their states' and regions' perspectives.

This prize recognizes the work of Washington-based regional reporters who provide a clear understanding of events, issues and politics of importance to a city, state or region. This contest honors reporters who demonstrate excellence and versatility in covering Washington from a local angle.

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New Orleans photographer to discuss changes in decade after Katrina Feb. 16

February 10, 2016 | By Al Teich |

New Orleans photographer David G. Spielman will discuss his experiences documenting the impacts of Hurricane Katrina for his new book, “The Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City,” at a special event sponsored by the National Press Club’s Photography Committee at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 in the Murrow Room.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are free to Press Club members and one guest, $10 per person for all others. They may be obtained here.

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Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates Jr. bring race talk to luncheon March 14

February 9, 2016 | By Lisa Matthews |

Acclaimed Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, joined by Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., will talk about race in America at a National Press Club luncheon March 14.

The history of race has captured the attention of both men and now Burns and Gates have teamed up to host a national lecture series that takes a deeper dive on the issue. The two were brought together following the mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina last year.

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GOP house policy chair to discuss governing in the 2016 election year Feb. 16

February 9, 2016 | By Jamie Horwitz |

House Republican Policy Chair Luke Messer, R-Ind, a member of the House leadership, will discuss governing in the 2016 election year at a Newsmakers event Tuesday, Feb.16 at 10 a.m. in the club’s Zenger Room.

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Press Club journalism contest welcomes your funny and offbeat journalism

February 9, 2016 | By Will Lester |

Offer your best humor writing from 2015 in the National Press Club’s journalism contest. Your humor writing deserves the recognition of the National Press Club, a national leader among journalism organizations.

The Angele Gingras award is named for a longtime Press Club member who specialized in writing amusing stories for magazines and newspapers and honors excellence in humor writing.

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Celebrate Valentine's Day at The Fourth Estate Restaurant Feb. 13 and 14

February 7, 2016 | By Renee Arellano |

The Fourth Estate will offer a special fixe price menu to celebrate Valentine's Day on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14.

Dinner will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the special $110/couple menu includes surf and turf with filet and shrimp, cherry stuffed chicken breast and a vegetarian butternut squash tarte tatin. Desserts include chocolate filled crepes and (tongue in cheek) Sour on Sex Lemon Tart.

Diners may start the evening with a complimentary Pomegranate Bellini or just plain bubbly. The whole menu is available at

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