National Press Club

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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Former NPC President says in podcast journalists can’t be deterred

January 26, 2015 | By Mike Hempen | mhempen204@comcast.ne

Former National Press Club President Myron Belkind believes the attack on the office of the Paris satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo is another example of the increasing dangers to journalists. Belkind discusses press freedom in latest edition of Update-1, which is hosted by 50-year Press Club member Irv Chapman.

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108th Press Club President Hughes pledges support for press freedom, new media

January 26, 2015 | By Sean Lyngaas | sean.lyngaas@gmail.com>

Bloomberg LP editor John K. Hughes vowed to fight for press freedom amid threats to journalists worldwide after being sworn in as the 108th president of the National Press Club on Jan. 24.

“Our profession needs us more than ever,” Hughes told a packed Press Club ballroom. “As attacks against journalists intensify, we will push back harder than ever.”

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Panel tells reporters on science stories to accept uncertainty, seek experts

January 22, 2015 | By Amy Fickling | xlntdragon@hotmail.com

Panelists at a Professional Development Session Jan 14 on “How to Cover Science-Related Issues When Science Isn’t Your Beat,” told the audience to accept uncertainty and seek expert advice.

Accept and embrace uncertainty and complexity when covering science-related topics, veteran science reporter Seth Borenstein advised those attending. Keep in mind that things are not always black and white, even though editors may want stories that present an issue in those contrasts. “Science is by nature imprecise,” he said. Become familiar with the definition of “theory” in scientific terms.

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Lewis describes 1961 Freedom Ride at book event

January 22, 2015 | By Jan King | jan.king@live.com

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga, a leader of the 1960s Civil Rights movement, described his 1961 Freedom Ride, the subject of the second graphic novel in a trilogy - "March: Book Two" - for a Jan. 21 National Press Club audience.

Lewis said that he made his first trip to Washington, D.C. in 1961 to join the Freedom Ride, sponsored by the Congress for Racial Equality. The Freedom Ride tested Lewis' convictions through withstanding and witnessing a range of violence from beatings, police brutality, imprisonment, and arson to murder, he said.

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CNBC-Asia interviews Belkind on Charlie Hebdo, freedom of the press

January 19, 2015 | By Bill McCarren | bmccarren@press.org

Former Club President Myron Belkind gave a live interview to CNBC-Asia Wednesday, Jan. 14 on the Charlie Hebdo developments, the dangers facing journalists and the importance of freedom of the press.

Here is a link to the interview.

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NPC doing well as gavel passes to Hughes

January 19, 2015 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

Elected leaders of the National Press Club cited new initiatives, improving finances and stabilized membership as major accomplishments in 2014 as Myron Belkind passed the presidential gavel to John Hughes at the club's annual general membership meeting on Friday, Jan. 16.

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NEH chair launches initiative to make out-of-print outstanding books into free e-books

January 16, 2015 | By Jennifer Ejin | akunnaya25@yahoo.com

The tenth chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), William “Bro” Adams, announced a collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation called the “One Book Project,” which aims to give “second life to outstanding out-of-print books in the humanities by making them freely accessible to the public as e-books” at a National Press Club luncheon on Jan. 15.

He said this partnership is the “first collaboration of this kind with the Andrew Mellon Foundation.”

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Anti-abortion leader predicts congressional passage, presidential veto of restricting bill

January 15, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert | PippertW@missouri.edu

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List, said at a National Press Club Newsmaker Jan. 15 that the House would pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection bill on Jan. 20, the day of the March for Life in Washington.

Dannenfelser said the Senate, now in control of the Republicans, would quickly follow suit. But she acknowledged that a likely veto by President Obama "would be a high bar for us to reach ... a big one, perhaps insurmountable."

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Shields calls "The Partisan Divide" the book to read

January 15, 2015 | By Amy Fickling | xlntdragon@hotmail.com

Mark Shields; political commentator and moderator of a panel on the book, "The Partisan Divide," by Martin Frost, Tom Davis and Richard Cohen; told a Jan. 13 National Press Club audience that “if you are going to read one book this year … this is the one” you should pick up.

Democrat Frost represented the Dallas-Fort Worth district of Texas in the House from 1979 to 2005 and Republican David represented a Northern Virginia district from 1995 to 2008. Cohen was a longtime Washington congressional correspondent and columnist.

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