National Press Club

National Commander of the American Legion to discuss veterans’ issues facing administration and Congress Feb. 22

February 14, 2017 | By Tony Gallo |

Charles E. Schmidt, the National Commander of The American Legion, the nation’s largest Veterans organization, will discuss ways that the Trump administration and Congress can improve the delivery of benefits to the country’s more than 20 million veterans at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Club’s Bloomberg Room.

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Club journalism contest seeks best regional writing of 2016

February 13, 2017 | By Will Lester |

Reporters who cover politicians and issues in Washington from a regional perspective for their states or regions are eligible for awards from the National Press Club journalism contest. Please enter your best work from 2016.

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. The winner gets a prize of $750.

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Workshop on using offered Feb. 16

February 12, 2017 | By Julie Schoo |

There are only a few days left to sign up for a workshop on using the resources on, hosted by the National Press Club's Journalism Institute and Professional Development Committee, on Feb. 16 at 9:30 a.m. in the Club's Bloomberg Room.

Tickets for NPC member are $5 each; for the general public $10. RSVP required; tickets can be purchased here.

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A cocktail evolution: From the Manhattan to the Scofflaw at the Fourth Estate Restaurant, Feb. 27

February 10, 2017 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Experience the evolution of the cocktail at a small plates dinner and drink pairing Monday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fourth Estate restaurant with cocktail expert and author Philip Greene.

Sip the Americano as you enjoy a cocktail hour of passed hors d’oeuvres before sitting down to five more courses of food, drink and Greene’s sparkling wit and wealth of knowledge.

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National Press Club podcast explains why something goes "viral"

February 8, 2017 | By Adam Konowe |

We often hear about something becoming so popular is goes "viral." But what does that mean and why does it happen?

National Press Club member Matthew Ballard discusses this topic with Derek Thompson, senior editor at The Atlantic who writes about economics and media in the latest edition of the Club podcast Update-1.

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National Press Club journalism award to honor the best critical coverage of media

February 8, 2017 | By Will Lester |

Get your entries in soon for the Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism, which honors the best coverage in 2016 of media issues.

The award, which is part of the National Press Club’s journalism contest, is sponsored by former U.S. News & World Report reporter Arthur Rowse. The award honors excellence in examining 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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Simeon Booker, 1982 Fourth Estate Awardee, nominated for Congressional Gold Medal

February 8, 2017

Representative Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and 16 other Representatives have co-sponsored a bill to give National Press Club life member Simeon Booker a Congressional Gold Medal “in recognition of his achievements in the field of journalism, including reporting during the Civil Rights movement, as well as social and political commentary.”

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Club's Journalism contest seeks best 2016 stories about animals and their welfare

February 7, 2017 | By Will Lester |

Consider entering your best stories about animals and their welfare in the National Press Club journalism contest. The top work in broadcast and print/online categories could win the Ann Cottrell Free Animal Reporting Award.

The Club's journalism contest is giving the prize for the best coverage in 2016 that educates the public about threats facing animals. The award was established by the family of journalist and longtime Press Club member Ann Cottrell Free, who wrote extensively about animals and their welfare.

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Institute names journalism veteran Kiely as 2017 Press Freedom Fellow

February 7, 2017 | By Julie Schoo |

The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Press Club, has named veteran journalist Kathy Kiely as its 2017 Press Freedom Fellow.

The Press Freedom Fellowship was established in 2016 to shine a light on barriers to press freedom abroad and in the United States and to leverage the Club's unique presence and resources to highlight global press freedom issues.

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