National Press Club

Who knew? Humans have a shorter attention span than goldfish -- So what?

September 3, 2015 | By Lorraine Woellert | lorraine.woellert@redfin.com

Humans have a shorter attention span than goldfish. What can journalists do to capture that attention?

Plenty. There are a multitude of visual tools that can help us tell stories and make them stick. That was the message from Stacey Miller, a senior manager at Help a Reporter Out, who offered tips at an Aug. 28 National Press Club luncheon.

We’re exposed to more hours of media than there are in a day, Miller said: Twenty-plus hours from the Internet, more than two on our phones and five in front of the TV. “Readers” are now watchers and lookers who constantly are multi-tasking.

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SC Gov. Haley Says GOP Must Change Approach, Scolds Trump for Getting Mad

September 3, 2015 | By Lawrence Feinberg | lfeinber@gmail.com

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who described herself a conservative Republican, said her party must “change our approach” to blacks and other minorities by listening carefully to their concerns and trying hard to meet them.

At a National Press Club luncheon Wednesday, Haley said the Republican approach “often appears cold and unwelcoming” to minorities even though Republican policies on jobs, education, and healthcare are aimed at “lifting up all people.”

“That is shameful,” she continued, adding, “It’s on us to communicate … in ways that wipe away the clutter of prejudices.”

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Santorum agrees with Trump on border wall, but wants American workers to build it

August 20, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert | pippertW@missouri.edu

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum proposed before a National Press Club Speakers news conference Aug. 20 slowing the flow of illegal immigrants by building a wall along the border and depriving their children born in the United States of automatic citizenship.

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New Orleans Mayor Landrieu 10 years after Katrina: 'We are America's comeback city'

August 18, 2015 | By Justin Duckham | Justin@talkradionews.com

Nearly 10 years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu hailed the strides the city has made both in its ongoing recovery and its role in becoming a key player in the "New South" at a National Press Club luncheon Aug. 18.

“We are America’s comeback city,” Landrieu proclaimed. “With this huge tragedy came a huge responsibility to make it right.”

Landrieu zeroed in on the reforms that the city had made in the storm’s wake, specifically in education, access to health care and affordable housing.

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Racism 'eating away at the fiber of this country,' says AME bishop at luncheon

August 12, 2015 | By Sean Lyngaas | sean.lyngaas@gmail.com

Racism is “eating away at the fiber of this country,” and the only remedy is spiritual renewal, said Rev. John Richard Bryant, a senior bishop at African Methodist Episcopal Church, at an Aug. 12 National Press Club luncheon.

Bryant’s remarks on racism and gun violence came two months after an AME church in Charleston, S.C., was the scene of a horrific hate crime. In the incident, Dylann Roof, a white supremacist, allegedly gunned down nine African-Americans as they studied the Bible the night of June 17.

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Coast Guard Commandant Zukunft seeks bigger budget

August 5, 2015 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, expressed optimism the 225-year-old service is in line for its largest ever acquisition budget boost in response to challenges including Russia's militarization of the Arctic and recent cyber threats.

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Newsmaker speakers urge tougher sanctions on Iran, oppose nuclear agreement

August 4, 2015 | By Lorna Aldrich | lornaaldrich99@gmail.com

A former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspector, an Iranian opposition leader and the former commander of the USS Cole called the recently negotiated nuclear agreement with Iran weak and mistaken at an August 3 Newsmakers event at the National Press Club.

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UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Folt: To help the economy, help students graduate

August 4, 2015 | By Gwen Flanders | glflanders@gmail.com

Universities can act as ``catalysts'' to produce the skilled workers that the new Knowledge Economy requires, Carol Folt, Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said at a National Press Club luncheon Tuesday.

Graduation must be an affordable, accessible opportunity for more students, because ``the new Knowledge Economy requires the skills of a college graduate,” she said.

“You have to build universities that draw on the talents” of people of all incomes and backgrounds, Folt said. “You have to get them into the fields that contribute to the knowledge economy.”

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Nacchio, at NPC Newsmaker, warns of NSA overreach on phone records

August 2, 2015 | By Mike Smith | mike@msbdinc.com

Joseph P. Nacchio, the former chairman and CEO of Qwest Communications International and convicted felon on insider trading who spent 72 months in federal prison (and forfeited $62 million), warned that the newly passed USA Freedom Act doesn't go far enough to rein in National Security Agency scrutiny of Americans’ digital and phone records.

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African diplomats express satisfaction with African Growth and Opportunity Act reauthorization

July 29, 2015 | By Jennifer Ejim | akunnaya25@yahoo.com

The ambassador of Gabon, Michael Moussa-Adamo, told a National Press Club Newsmaker on July 28 that the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was “an outstanding example of a trade law that has generated success in the long term.”

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