National Press Club

`Lost' Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech at Club to air, 7:30 pm Jan. 12

December 21, 2015 | By Gil Klein |

Excerpts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s National Press Club speech will be aired for the first time since they were delivered 53 years ago at a special event at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, in the ballroom.

Admission is free, but reservations are required.

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Learn how to interview sexual assault victims, 1 pm Jan. 8

December 21, 2015 | By Julie Schoo |

Perhaps no task is as daunting for reporters than interviewing a victim of sexual assault. A panel of experts will address how best to avoid pitfalls that could compromise a good story or unnecessarily harm a victim at a National Press Club event at 1 p.m. Jan. 8 in the Zenger Room.

Tickets are required to attend the session, which will last until 2:30 p.m. They are $5 for Club members and $10 for the public.

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Canada's Miss World contestant to speak at Club Luncheon Friday

December 16, 2015 | By Doris Margolis |

Canada's Miss World contestant, Anastasia Lin. will speak at a Club luncheon on Friday, Dec. 18, a day before she was supposed to compete for the title in China but was denied a visa.

Lin, who emigrated to Canada as an adolescent, has testified before Congress on human rights in China and written an op-ed on the topic in The Washington Post.

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Estonia’s minister of foreign affairs at Newsmaker on Thursday

December 15, 2015 | By Herb Perone |

Estonia Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand will discuss world events from her country's point of view at a Newsmakers news conference at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Bloomberg Room.

Prior to becoming minister in July, Kaljurand served as undersecretary for legal and consular affairs and undersecretary for political affairs. She has also served as Estonia’s ambassador to the U.S. and to Mexico.

Like all Newsmakers events, this news conference is open to credentialed media and Club members, free of charge. No advance registration is required.

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Three former Club presidents to discuss the future of journalism Wednesday

December 15, 2015 | By Julie Schoo |

Three former Club presidents, each with a different perspective on the industry, will talk about journalism's future at an event geared toward those entering it beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 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 they may have in the future.

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This week in National Press Club history

December 15, 2015 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

Nov. 10, 2005: Club President Rick Dunham presents Austin H. Kiplinger, editor of the Kiplinger Letter for 30 years, with the Club’s Fourth Estate Award at a gala dinner packed with 300 friends and colleagues.

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Journalism Institute panel to offer tips on how to win a Pulitzer

December 15, 2015

Ahead of the Jan. 25 deadline for entering this year's Pulitzer Prize contest, the Club's Journalism Institute has assembled a panel of experts who've judged the contest and coordinated entries to give an inside look at the process. Come learn about the biggest prize in journalism.

Panelists are former Philadelphia Inquirer editor Amanda Bennett, former co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board and a Pulitzer juror and winner; Jill Grisco, contest coordinator, The Washington Post; and Josh Meyer, Medill Washington lecturer and former Los Angeles Times reporter.

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Upcoming National Press Club luncheons

December 15, 2015 | By Ruth Mohamed | .

Alejandro Garcia Padilla, Governor of Puerto Rico
Topic: TBA
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Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada
Topic: human rights activist denied visa to compete in Miss World finals being held in China.
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Admiral John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, USN
Topic: TBA
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Miss Canada to be Friday's Luncheon speaker

December 13, 2015 | By Doris Margolis |

Denied a visa to compete in the Miss World finals in China on Saturday, Miss Canada Anastasia Lin will speak at a Club Luncheon a day earlier, on Friday.

China denied Lin’s visa application, telling the New York Times in a statement: “China welcomes all lawful activities organized in China by international organizations or agencies, including the Miss World pageant. But China does not allow any persona non grata to come to China.”

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Puerto Rico governor to speak at Luncheon on Wednesday

December 13, 2015 | By Kasia Klimasinska |

Alejandro Garcia Padilla, the governor of Puerto Rico, will speak at a Club Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 16. The island, a U.S. territory, is struggling under $70 billion of debt and suffering from ashrinking economy that has seen an increased number of Puerto Ricans to leave the island.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., with remarks beginning at 1 p.m., followed by questions and answers ending at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $23 for Club members and one guest, and $37 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased online by going to the following link:

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