National Press Club

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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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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