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Enter now! Best coverage of animals and their welfare to be honored by National Press Club journalism contest

March 9, 2016 | By Will Lester |

The best coverage of animals and their welfare in 2015 is honored by the Ann Cottrell Free Animal Reporting Award.

The prize for the best work in both print and broadcast was established by the family of journalist and longtime Press Club member Ann Cottrell Free, who wrote extensively on the topic. This prize recognizes serious work by journalists that informs and educates the public about threats facing animals.

The winners in print and broadcast win $750 each.

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Journalists from Ethiopia, Turkey, Ukraine to discuss trends in government transparency laws, March 14

March 8, 2016 | By Rachel Oswald |

To kick off Sunshine Week this year, the Journalism Institute and the Freedom of the Press Committee will hold a panel discussion next Monday evening, March 14 to examine trends in Freedom of Information laws around the world.

The event, which will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., will feature foreign journalists and policy experts who will analyze global and regional trends in journalists' and the general public's ability to receive timely access to government information as well as the difficulty of reporting in countries without freedom of information laws.

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National Press Club offering awards for the best 2015 work in consumer journalism

March 7, 2016 | By Will Lester |

The best work in consumer journalism for 2015 is being recognized again this year in the National Press Club’s journalism contest.

These awards recognize excellence in reporting on consumer topics and judges will look more favorably on solution-oriented or strategic-oriented pieces that prompt action by consumers, the community, the government or an individual.

The categories are for (1) newspapers; (2) periodicals (including magazines, journals, newsletters and online reporting); (3) And broadcast (including network, syndicates, cable and broadcast TV and radio stations).

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Conservative philanthropist Jay Faison to advocate making clean energy a Republican election issue, 10 am March 8

March 6, 2016 | By Jamie Horwitz |

Republican entrepreneur turned philanthropist Jay Faison, founder and chief of ClearPath, a new non-profit foundation dedicated to finding and promoting conservative clean energy policies, will outline the organization’s conservative approach to environmental and energy issues at a National Press Club Newsmaker 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 8.

Faison also will detail the organization’s plans to influence policymakers and the role ClearPath intends to play in the 2016 elections. The Newsmaker news conference will be held in the club’s Bloomberg Room.

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Metro CEO to discuss future of the system at March 7 luncheon

March 3, 2016 | By Pat Host |

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority General Manager and CEO Paul Wiedefeld will discuss the future of the transit system at a National Press Club Luncheon on Monday, March 7.

Metro is entering its most challenging period since it opened 40 years ago. It’s facing declining ridership combined with rising expenses and a fractured leadership structure among the four jurisdictions that govern the system. Serious safety lapses over the years have caused deaths while everlasting repairs and reduced service have caused riders to choose other transportation options.

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Wanted: The best breaking news coverage from 2015 – print and broadcast

March 3, 2016 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club is looking for the best breaking news coverage for 2015 -- in competitions for both print and broadcast.

This award is intended to recognize the best, most creative and most thorough coverage of breaking news from the past year. The winner in each category gets a free year’s membership in the National Press Club.

The Club, a national leader among journalism organizations, encourages those with excellent breaking news entries to enter them in the contest.

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Best in-depth political reporting in 2015 to be honored by Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis

March 2, 2016 | By Will Lester |

Political writers are invited to enter their best and most thoughtful stories on politics from 2015 in the National Press Club Journalism Contest.

The Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis honors the best political analysis of the year and the winner gets a prize of $750.

This award is named in memory of Lee Walczak, a Washington editor, bureau chief and White House correspondent who worked for Bloomberg News and Business Week. It is funded through the support of McGraw-Hill Cos. Inc., Lee's employer for 37 years, and by contributions from Lee's family and friends.

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WWI monument must meet design, thematic, site challenges

March 2, 2016 | By Rita Mhley |

Creating a memorial to those who served in World War I presents challenges that require a unique design approach, the leader of the effort to establish the monument said at a March 2 National Press Club Newsmaker.

All war memorials need to convey honor, respect, heroism, service and sacrifice, said Edwin Fountain, vice chairman of the World War I Centennial Commission established by Congress in 2013. But the WWI memorial has to do more.

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Coalition of space organizations to release recommendations, 10 am March 4

March 2, 2016 | By Jamie Horwitz |

A coalition of a dozen space organizations, representing aerospace professionals from industry, academia, and government, will present recommendations and release a joint white paper, “Ensuring U.S. Leadership in Space,” at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference at 10 a.m., Friday, March 4, in the Zenger Room.

Speaking on behalf of the coalition:

Sandra H. Magnus, executive director of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Elliot H. Pulham, chief executive of the Space Foundation

Eric Stallmer, president of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

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Leaders of Mercy Corps, Oxfam America, Syrian American Medical Society to address Syrian humanitarian crisis, 10 am March 3

March 2, 2016 | By Jamie Horwitz |

The chief executives of leading responders to the five-year Syrian humanitarian crisis will discuss the situation in Syria at a National Press Club Newsmaker at 10 a.m., March 3, in the Bloomberg Room.

They will address the lack of sustained and safe humanitarian access for relief workers and supplies; the needs of an exponentially growing refugee population; and the necessary steps required to re-orient international aid if a ceasefire holds.

Panelists include:

Neal Keny-Guyer, chief executive, Mercy Corps

Raymond Offenheiser, president, Oxfam America

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