National Press Club

First-ever District Country rocks NPC ballroom

February 25, 2015 | By Christopher Hamrick | chamrick@press.org

The National Press Club delivered its first-ever District Country live on Saturday, Feb. 21. NPC members, music fans, and locals alike came out to see rising Nashville stars Love and Theft, The Cadillac Three, Trailer Choir, and Tom Dixon.

In spite of a wicked snowstorm that started early Saturday morning, a hardy group of country music fans were able to make it through the snow to see some incredible acts in an intimate venue. One family even traveled all the way from Pennsylvania and spent the night Friday, to be sure to be first-in-line for a look at the bands.

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Enter your best broadcast, print breaking news coverage in Club awards contest

February 19, 2015 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

Breaking news is one of the most important assignments journalists have, and the National Press Club wants to recognize the very best work in both broadcast and for print/online stories.

Entries will be judged for quality of reporting, speed and innovation. Particular attention will be given to reporting in the first 24 hours and the use of a variety of formats to reach news consumers.

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Attorney General Holder says federal prosecutors file fewer drug charges, pursue more serious offenders

February 17, 2015 | By Lawrence Feinberg | lfeinber@gmail.com

The number of persons charged with federal drug trafficking offenses dropped last year by 6 percent as part of a Justice Department effort to focus on serious offenders and reduce "unnecessary incarceration," Attorney General Eric Holder said at a National Press Club luncheon on Feb. 17.

Meanwhile, the federal prison population declined by about 4,800, while the overall national crime rate continued to fall.

Holder said fiscal 2014, which ended Sept. 30, was the first time "in more than 40 years...[with] side-by-side reductions in both crime and incarceration."

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Sri Lanka bolsters press freedom, seeks to heal civil war wounds, foreign minister says

February 17, 2015 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, said that the country's new government has bolstered press freedom and aims to strengthen democratic institutions, foster economic development and heal wounds remaining from the civil war that ended five years ago.

Samaraweera spoke Feb. 12 at the National Press Club at an event organized by the Club's International Correspondents Committee, after meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry earlier in the day.

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#NPCTweets its way through @PressClubDC Twitter class #norobots

February 9, 2015 | By Susan Heavey | sheavey@thomsonreuters.com

Recent visitors to the National Press Club may have been wondering which VIP was in the halls given dozens of journalists roaming the Club and Tweeting pictures and posts.

For the nearly 90 media professionals, from correspondents to communicators, the posts were the main attraction. They were on assignment for "Taking Twitter to the Next Level," a class held at the Club on Feb. 6.

Hosted by the NPC National Journalism Institute's Professional Development Committee, the session offered hands-on tips and techniques for leveraging the social media platform in today's news environment.

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Russia's aggressiveness in Ukraine worries Baltic region

February 8, 2015 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

Russian aggressiveness toward Ukraine is making the Baltic region nervous, Latvia's ambassador to the United States said at a Feb. 5 National Press Club Newsmaker.

Latvians are “nervous and concerned” over increased tensions between the West and neighboring Russia, Andris Razans said. "This situation is really getting worse."

As an example, he pointed to Russian army units moving “freely over borders” to Ukraine. But he also said there has been a “very strong and bright response from NATO when it comes to the security of NATO allies...especially the Baltic countries.”

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National Press Club podcast explores state of defense in Washington and beyond

February 2, 2015 | By Adam Konowe | adam.konowe@tmpgovernment.com.

This could be a particularly newsworthy year for U.S. defense issues as NPC member Adam Konowe found out when he interviewed Defense News editor and television-host Vago Muradian for the latest installment of the National Press Club's podcast Update-1.

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Black journalists rue media reports of violence, urge political organization

January 27, 2015 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

A panel of predominantly-black journalists rued the attention violence receives in media reports on race -- citing the reporting of protests of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri -- and told a predominantly-black audience at a National Press Club event Jan. 26 that communities must organize politically to get the police chiefs and police responses they want.

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Chief energy regulator lays out FERC’s Clean Power Plan role at Press Club Luncheon

January 27, 2015 | By Joshua Higgins | joshualhiggins@gmail.com

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) role in implementing a plan to reduce power plant carbon emissions is to bring together stakeholders and help them overcome market and infrastructural challenges, FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur told a National Press Club Luncheon Jan. 27.

A big part of FERC's role, LaFleur said, is navigating the changing landscape of the bulk electric system as the Environmental Protection Agency hands down its Clean Power Plan rule, setting new requirements for power plants to reduce carbon emissions on a state-by-state basis.

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Panel tells Club audience national security can co-exist with government transparency

January 26, 2015 | By Brittany Parker | Bparker@washingtoninstitute.org

Despite heightened concerns over government surveillance in the wake of Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks and the prosecution of New York Times reporter James Risen, government transparency and national security are not the oil-and-water concepts they are often made out to be, panelists said at a Jan 21 freedom of the press event sponsored by the National Journalism Institute.

The government can't hide everything, the panelists told the National Press Club audience at the event: "Government Transparency vs. National Security: Press Rights, Limits & Ideals in a Post-9/11 World."

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