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Dornheim Award honors best writing about aviation, aerospace, defense

March 1, 2016 | By Will Lester |

Journalists who write about aviation, aerospace and defense are encouraged to enter their best work from 2015 in the National Press Club’s annual journalism contest in competition for the Michael Dornheim Award.

This award is presented in celebration of the career of the late Michael A. Dornheim, a longtime reporter and editor at Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine. The recipient must be a working journalist writing about aerospace, defense, the airline industry, or aerospace science and engineering.

The winner gets a $1,000 prize.

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Wanted: The best journalism about problems faced by older people

February 29, 2016 | By Will Lester |

If you write about issues and problems facing older people, the National Press Club journalism contest judges need to see your best work from 2015.

The Joseph D. Ryle Award for Excellence in Writing on the Problems of Geriatrics honors excellence and objectivity in coverage of problems faced by the elderly. It is named in honor of Joseph D. Ryle, a longtime National Press Club member who left an endowment for the award.

The Club, a national leader among journalism organizations, encourages those who have written on elderly issues to enter the contest. The winner gets a $750 prize.

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Architect, sculptor explain design of WWI Memorial, 10 am March 2

February 29, 2016 | By James Horwitz |

Architect Joe Weishaar and sculptor Sabin Howard, the design team selected to create the new World War I Memorial in Washington D.C., will discuss their work, the design competition and their vision for the memorial at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 2, at the National Press Club.

Immediately following the news conference, Weishaar and Howard will lead a walking tour of the site, one block from the National Press Club.

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National Press Club Journalism Institute hosts discussion on global government transparency, 6:30 pm March 14

February 24, 2016 | By Rachel Oswald |

In honor of Sunshine Week, the National Press Club’s Press Freedom Committee will host a panel discussion on March 14 to examine the status of government transparency laws around the world.

The event, which will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 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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U.N. executive to discuss women's role in meeting sustainable development goals, 10 am Feb. 23

February 22, 2016 | By Patti Giglio |

In celebration of International Women’s Day and U.S. Women’s History Month in March, the United Nations Under Secretary General and Executive Director of U.N. Women, Phumzile Miambo-Ngcuka, will speak at a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Mlambo-Ngcuka will discuss the key contributions of women to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) approved by UN member states in September 2015 -- and the challenges they still face. She also will explore the new global environmental roadmap the UN hopes to implement by 2030.

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Hume Award honors young political reporters

February 22, 2016 | By Will Lester |

Up-and-coming political reporters should enter their best work from 2015 in the competition for the Sandy Hume Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism.

This award honors excellence and objectivity in political coverage by reporters 34 years old or younger. It is named in memory of Sandy Hume, the reporter for The Hill who broke the story of the aborted 1997 coup against House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The Hume award is one of many offered in the National Press Club journalism contest.

The winner gets a $750 prize.

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Former reporter to speak on using statistics in reporting Feb. 24

February 18, 2016 | By Jonathan Make |

Jeannine Aversa, chief of public relations for the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis at the Department of Commerce, will reveal how to use economic statistics in reporting without boring readers Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.

A former long-time reporter, Aversa will speak on on "Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics: How to Use Numbers in Your Reporting" at a Society of Professional Journalists D.C. event at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, 1325 G St. N.W., Suite 730.

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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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