National Press Club

Family member of imprisoned Americans in UAE to call for release, discuss details of upcoming trial at March 14 Newsmaker

March 11, 2016 | By David Hodes | dhodes11@gmail.com

Amal Eldarat, the daughter and sister of American citizens imprisoned in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for more than 550 days, will speak at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference, Monday, March 14, at 10 a.m. in the club’s Bloomberg Room.

Eldarat will provide an update on her family’s case and urge the UAE to immediately release her family members. The news conference comes exactly one week before Kamal and Mohamed Eldarat are scheduled to return to court to face trial on what Eldarat says are fabricated charges.

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Time to enter your best 2015 work in the Press Club journalism contest

March 11, 2016 | By Will Lester | WJLester@aol.com

Time is running out to enter your best journalism from 2015 in the National Press Club’s annual journalism contest.

Get the recognition your work deserves from the National Press Club, a national leader among journalism organizations. The contest will recognize winning entries for top news photo, top feature photo, breaking news for print/online and for broadcast, best work in consumer journalism and many other categories.

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'Digital' series explores social media channels changing news production, March 16

March 11, 2016 | By Scott Sowers | scott@scottsowers.com

The Freelance Committee and the Events Committee are teaming up for the next installment of the National Press Club’s “Digital” series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in the conference rooms and has recently announced the confirmed panelists

The session -- “Where should news be and how do we get there?” -- will explore the trend of social media channels that have moved or are moving into news production. The panel discussion will feature the multimedia journalists listed below.

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Thursday is Pub Quiz night! Game on at 7 p.m.

March 10, 2016 | By Marc A. Wojno | Mwojno@kiplinger.com

Attention Club members! Which restaurant serves Buffalo Blasts? Or who does Matthew McConaughey rescue from a dumpster in the movie “The Wedding Planner”? What’s the structure that’s depicted on the back of the Euro? If you know the answers to these questions, then tonight is your lucky night as you can score points, and prizes, at the Club’s Pub Quiz trivia night, located in the Truman Lounge.

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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 | WJLester@aol.com

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 | rachelm.oswald@gmail.com

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 | WJLester@aol.com

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 | jhdcpr@starpower.net

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 | patrick.host@gmail.com

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 | wjlester@aol.com

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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