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This Week In National Press Club History: Women's Press Club admits men; Carter announces

December 8, 2015 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein | eksmithb@verizon.net

DEC. 8, 1970: The Women’s National Press Club votes 113 to 6 to admit men and changes its name to the Washington Press Club. Just a few weeks later, on Jan.15, 1971, the National Press Club votes 227 to 56 to admit women to membership.

DEC. 10, 1986: James Baldwin, novelist, essayist, playwright, poet and social critic, addresses a National Press Club luncheon, arguing that white people are trapped in a history they don’t understand, and that Americans are mistaken in our worship of innocence.

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Changing Washington press corps topic of latest Club podcast

December 6, 2015 | By Shannon Fisher | shannon@shannonfisher.com

The changing Washington press corps is the focus of the current edition of Update-1, the podcast of the National Press Club.

Club member Shannon Fisher interviews the Pew Research Center's Associate Research Director Jesse Holcomb about Pew's just-released report detailing the changes. In its key finding, the study shows that niche publications now outnumber both daily newspapers and wire services.

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Hear former Club presidents discuss future of journalism, Dec. 16

December 6, 2015 | By Julie Schoo | jschoo@press.org

Three former National Press Club presidents, each with a different perspective on the industry, will talk about journalism's future at an event geared toward those entering the field on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bloomberg Room.

Immediate Past President Myron Belkind, 2013 President Angela Greiling Keane and 1994 President Gil Klein will share their thoughts on the development of journalism and what opportunities the field will offer in the future.

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Former Club presidents to talk future of journalism, Dec. 16

December 2, 2015 | By Julie Schoo | jschoo@press.org

Three former National Press Club presidents, each with a different perspective on the industry, will talk about journalism's future at an event geared toward those entering the field on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bloomberg Room.

Immediate past president Myron Belkind, 2013 resident Angela Greiling Keane and 1994 president Gil Klein will share their thoughts on the development of journalism and what opportunities the field will offer in the future.

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The 7 deadly sins of bad PR management? Expert to reveal them at 'Get It Online' lunch Friday

December 1, 2015 | By Joan Coyle | jcoyledc@verizon.net

What are the seven deadly sins of bad PR measurement? Find out at the next "Get It Online" lunch discussion this Friday, Dec. 4, in the Club's Game Room.

Shonali Burke, a noted social PR strategist, will describe the basics of good PR measurement and, conversely, the seven deadly sins of bad measurement. She will discuss how to differentiate between fact and fiction in the measurement context.

The session is open only to National Press Club members and guests. To register, click here.

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Tomorrow's your chance to question President Lincoln

December 1, 2015 | By Gilbert Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

Lincoln impersonator George Buss

Lincoln impersonator George Buss

If you had been a reporter at the end of the Civil War, what would you have asked President Lincoln? At noon on tomorrow, Dec. 3, you have a chance to do just that.

The Club is one of the sponsors of an event bringing Lincoln impersonator George Buss to Ketchum Hall in the VFW Building at 200 Maryland Ave. NE to hold a press conference as though it were the final days of the Civil War.

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Watch Republican candidates debate, with new special drinks, at Club Dec. 15

December 1, 2015 | By Ruth Mohamed | rmohamed@press.org

Join us at the next Republican Debate Watch Party of Campaign ’16 on Tuesday, Dec. 15 in the Conference Rooms. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for non-members and $10 for members. For tickets, click here.

You may make an evening of it by making a dinner reservation at the Reliable Source or Fourth Estate restaurants before the event begins.

The Reliable Source will also be showing the debates but will only be open to members.

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Prince Ali Hussein to discuss FIFA soccer scandal at luncheon, Dec. 4

November 30, 2015 | By Lori Russo - lrusso@stantoncomm.com | lrusso@stantoncomm.com

Prince Ali Al Hussein, FIFA presidential candidate and son of King Hussein of Jordan, will speak at a National Press Club luncheon this Friday, Dec. 4. Prince Ali will address FIFA’s recent corruption scandal and share his vision for how the organization can create a governing body worthy of the "world's game" of soccer.

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New Smithsonian leader to speak at luncheon, Dec. 8

November 29, 2015 | By Amy Henderson | HendersonAE@si.edu

David Skorton, new secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, will outline his plans for the institution at a National Press Club luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

A board-certified cardiologist, and the first physician to lead the Smithsonian Institution, Skorton previously was the president of Cornell University.

The 13th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Skorton will use his talk to explore the theme "What Do We Value," as he takes the helm of of the 169 year-old institution of museums and research programs that span the globe.

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This week in National Press Club history

November 24, 2015 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein | eksmithb@verizon.net

Nov. 22, 1932: President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt is the first VIP invited to speak at the Club at a dinner less than three weeks after winning the first of his four elections. The Speakers Committee is created soon after. The format changes in 1934 to a luncheon format better suited to the afternoon news cycle and attracts prominent national figures in government (Secretary of State Cordell Hull) and the arts (filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille (“The Ten Commandments”) and Upton Sinclair, author of The Jungle, a grim expose of conditions in meat packing plants.)

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