National Press Club

American opioid and heroin crisis growing worse -- Free one-day workshop Monday Sept. 26

August 28, 2016 | By Julie Schoo |

On one August weekend this year, Huntington, West Virginia, recorded 27 heroin overdoses within four hours, including one that resulted in death. Every day in the United States, 44 people die as a result of a prescription opioid overdose. Among people 25-65 years old, drug overdose caused more deaths in the U.S. than motor vehicle crashes.

The Poynter Institute, in conjunction with the National Press Club Journalism Institute, will offer a free one-day workshop and luncheon at the Club led by Poynter’s Al Tompkins on Monday, Sept. 26, to help journalists cover this unfolding story.

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Secretary of Defense Carter to Speak at Luncheon, Thursday Sept. 15

August 28, 2016 | By Erik Meltzer |

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will brief the media on the latest developments in the fight against Islamic State at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, September 15. During his confirmation hearings in 2014, Carter said that the U.S. military in the Middle East must ensure a “lasting defeat” of ISIS. He’s also advocated supplying Ukraine’s military with lethal arms to help battle Russia-backed separatists.

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Newsmaker Panels Look at Education Issues in White House Race and Other Fall Campaigns, Tues., Aug. 30, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

August 25, 2016 | By Jamie Horwitz |

What are the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees saying about education and how do their positions differ? What are the implications for schools and colleges depending on who wins the White House? And, what other contests this fall are important to watch for those who follow the education debate?

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NRCC Chair Rep. Greg Walden to Address Thursday, Sept. 8 Newsmaker to Discuss Strategy to Keep House Majority

August 25, 2016 | By Bob Weiner |

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump trails in the polls, the Senate is in play, what about the House? Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Chair of the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, will speak at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference, Thursday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m., in the Club’s Zenger Room.

The NRCC Chair will outline the House Republicans’ strategy, agenda, messaging, targeting, voter outreach, and the ability to keep the House under Republican leadership.

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Tonight: Candidates for Teamsters Top Offices Face-Off in One Time Only Debate

August 24, 2016 | By Jamie Horwitz |

A week prior to Labor Day, candidates for the top offices of the Teamsters Union will debate at a special National Press Club Newsmaker. Fred Zuckerman, candidate for General President on the Teamsters United slate, will face Ken Hall, candidate for General Secretary-Treasurer on the Hoffa-Hall 2016 slate, in the Club’s Ballroom, at 6:30 p.m. tonight. This will be the only election debate between the candidates.

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“Politicians vs. Press” Spelling Bee Returns to National Press Club Wednesday, Sept. 21

August 24, 2016 | By Brian Taylor |

The legendary National Press Club will once again be alive with laughter, friendly competition, cheers and jeers when the hilarious “Politicians vs. Press Spelling Bee” returns on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Doors open at 6 p.m. with food and drinks and the competition begins at 7 p.m.

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Senator Murphy to Discuss Guns at Thursday Sept. 8 NPC Luncheon

August 24, 2016 | By Jonathan D. Salant |

With former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talking about expanded background checks for gun buyers and a ban on gun sales to those on the terrorist watch list, and businessman Donald Trump getting millions of dollars in support from the National Rifle Association, gun control will be an issue in the fall presidential campaign.

The topic will be addressed by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, the Connecticut Democrat who led a filibuster to force votes on gun control measures, at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 8. Murphy also spoke at the Democratic National Convention.

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Media Law for Journalists: A Legal Workshop and Editorial Roundtable Tuesday Sept. 20,

August 24, 2016 | By Julie Schoo |

The National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Media Law Resource Center Institute will present a one-day workshop aimed at freelancers, bloggers and other independent journalists working without the benefit of a legal department. Leading media attorneys will address libel, privacy, newsgathering and the Freedom of Information Act, copyright, digital law, and other issues. The day will conclude with a roundtable of prominent journalists discussing career paths, story pitches, and the ups and downs of being a journalist in 2016.

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"Dark money" in politics – the ABCs of 501(c) 4s Tuesday Sept. 13

August 23, 2016 | By Herb Jackson |

As we approach the time of year when campaign ads take over your television, the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the club’s Professional Development Committee will present a program on the so-called “dark money” that pays for some of those ads.

The program will be Tuesday, Sept. 13 starting at 6:30 in the Club's Zenger Room. Admission is $10 for the public, $5 for NPC members. Tickets are required; RSVP using this link

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NPC Podcast: Snapchat Becoming More of a Journalistic Tool

August 22, 2016 | By Adam Konowe |

Snapchat claims more than 100 million daily users who average 25 to 30 minutes a day on the messaging app.

But until recently, Snapchat was mostly for sending pictures, video or text that disappeared after a couple viewings. That made it an interesting app for journalists to write about, but not necessarily to use for finding story ideas or promoting their work.

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