National Press Club

Class on how to use Facebook draws big crowd

March 25, 2015 | By Paul Merrion | pmerrion@gmail.com

Did you know that 30% of Americans get their news from Facebook these days? Are you using the social media giant to its full potential?

About 50 people, young and old, attended a lively 90-minute session in the National Press Club's First Amendment Lounge March 24 on the best ways to use Facebook to engage readers.

Don Seymour, Facebook's political and government outreach manager, explained that, in using Facebook, it pays to be authentic, to post frequently and to include video or large, unique images that tell about the story behind the story.

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Kalb Report: Journalism integrity not killed by digital technology

March 25, 2015 | By Gil Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

Digital journalism is maturing and reverting to the standards that have guided the profession since the days when Edward R. Murrow invented broadcast news, four top journalists told a skeptical host Marvin Kalb March 23.

“Gone are the days when you could get a job because you knew a social media platform that your editors thought was completely magic,” said Evan McMorris-Santoro, the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed.

“We are back to the era, now, where it’s professionalizing again. Good reporting and good content are what they want.”

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Stronger military action may be needed against ISIS, Book Rap audience hears

March 25, 2015 | By Jan King | Jan.king@live.com

The United States and allies can slow down the rise of ISIS, but the current level of military pressure on ISIS is likely not enough to destroy the Islamic terrorist organization, Jessica Stern, co-author of the new book,“ISIS: The State of Terror,” said at a National Press Club Book Rap March 24.

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Lack of dedicated funding is major cause of Metro’s woes, says stakeholder panel

March 24, 2015 | By Galen Tan | galentan@gmail.com

Major stakeholders of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA, or Metro) agreed at a March 23 National Press Club Newsmaker that dedicated funding for the transit system is critical in light of its ongoing operational, budgetary and governance problems.

The panelists — representing labor unions, the Metro board, media and the public — also weighed in on other issues affecting the nation’s second-busiest system by daily passengers, notably safety and leadership succession.

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Author tells Club's Legion Post inside story of Predator drone's development

March 23, 2015 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

A little known agency in the Department of Defense, acting like the high-tech gadget shop in a James Bond movie, helped rush into operation the armed Predator drone that has revolutionized warfare, author Richard Whittle told a packed meeting of National Press Club's American Legion Post 20 and guests March 23.

Whittle, a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, said the story of the Predator's development "is as odd as the aircraft itself." He tells the story in detail in his latest book, "Predator, The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution."

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Former colleagues pay tribute to Richard Hottelet at Club memorial service

March 22, 2015 | By Connie Lawn | ConnieLawn@aol.com

Great men and women still exist in journalism, but many of the “greatest generation” of the profession are dying out. An reminder of this was the memorial service held at the National Press Club March 21 for the late, great CBS newsman Richard C. Hottelet.

Hottelet was the last of the "Murrow Boys," elite journalists chosen and trained by the legendary Edward R. Murrow. Hottelet died in December at the age of 97.

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Chinese dissident recounts human-rights fight, escape from house arrest

March 22, 2015 | By Joe Motheral | Joegm35@aol.com

Listening to foreign radio broadcasts about democracy gave him the inspiration to persevere over death threats, torture and imprisonment and later to escape house arrest in China, Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng told a National Press Club Book Rap March 19.

Reading excerpts from his new book “The Barefoot Lawyer,” Chen recounted his remarkable life as a human-rights activist and its tribulations.

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NPC Unites Forces to Free Jason Rezaian

March 12, 2015 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

The National Press Club organized a renewed effort on March 12, to free Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian from prison in Iran where he has been held without charges under often harsh conditions for nearly eight months.

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Future of Cuba’s Environment and Environmental Film Festival in DC

March 10, 2015 | By Michael Balli | dom2339@gmail.com

Marine biologist Dr. David Guggenheim unveiled a plan to use Cuba’s coral reefs as a living laboratory and create a blueprint for how to protect coral reefs in the rest of the Caribbean at a National Press Club Newsmaker program on March 10.

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Sanders on Fence for 2016 Presidential Bid

March 9, 2015 | By Justin Duckham | Justin@talkradionews.com

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told a luncheon audience at the National Press Club on Monday that he has not yet decided whether to run for President in 2016, explaining that his potential candidacy hinges on a number of logistical concerns, particularly his ability to fundraise.

“It ain’t an easy task,” Sanders said. “I don’t want to do this thing unless I can do it well.”

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