National Press Club

African Union Commission chairperson says no coup in Zimbabwe

November 15, 2017 | By Justin Duckham | justin@talkmedianews.com

Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the African Union Commission, told a Club Headliners Luncheon Wednesday that the unfolding unrest in Zimbabwe was not a coup.

“The military have reassured us that this is not a coup d’etat,” Mahamat said through a translator. He said a delegation sent to the country provided the information.

According to Mahamat, President Robert Mugabe and his family are safe in the country, a key factor in making that determination.

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African Union Commission chairperson to speak at Wednesday's Headliners Luncheon

November 12, 2017 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver | HeatherForsgrenWeaver@gmail.com

H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the African Union Commission, plans to discuss the role of a united and integrated Africa in the global community at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on Wednesday.

Lunch will be served in the ballroom at 12:30 p.m. Remarks will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for Club members (members may purchase two tickets at this rate) and $39 for all other nonmember tickets.

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Crowds saluting train with Robert Kennedy's body inspired Matthews' new book

November 9, 2017 | By Eleanor Herman | elherman@aol.com

Chris Matthews, MSNBC host of his program, "Hardball," said at a Nov. 8 National Press Club Headliners Book Rap that photos of crowds saluting the train bearing Kennedy’s body to Washington after his 1968 assassination inspired Matthews's new book, "Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit."

“These are poor people,” he said of the whites and African-Americans lining the train tracks. “They got nothing. And they’re saluting him in this affectionate patriotism... this amazing respect. That’s all gone. The chance of those two crowds getting together politically is gone.”

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VA secretary aims to focus agency on service-connected disabilities, rather than age-related ailments

November 7, 2017 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said at a National Press Club luncheon on Monday, Nov. 6, that he aims to focus department efforts on veterans with service-connected disabilities, such as brain injuries and post traumatic stress syndrome, rather than on a growing number of age-related ailments.

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Gottlieb announces FDA steps to address opioid epidemic, nicotine addiction

November 5, 2017 | By Michelle Amber | michelleamber99@gmail.com

Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that FDA is evaluating oxymorphone, an active ingredient in opiods, for qualities that make it more likely to be abused than other drugs. The study is a prelude to considering regulatory action to limit exposure to it, he said at a Headliners Luncheon event Nov. 3.

Gottlieb said the question is whether oxymorphone has qualities that make it “more likely to be abused than other Schedule II opioids, including through illicit routes of administration such as snorting and injection.” He did not indicate when the study might be finished.

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2017 Communicators Summit highlights content creation, rebuilding trust and a call to action on ethics

October 24, 2017 | By Malini Wilkes | maliwilkes@yahoo.com

Going viral with a talking squirrel. Finding the messenger who can reach your “tribe.” And a push for a new ethics code from one of the country’s foremost PR practitioners.

The National Press Club’s 2017 Communicators Summit covered all that and more Wednesday, with two panels of experts and a keynote speaker discussing the challenges of creating content in an era of “fake news.”

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Panel: Reporters have the same rights as everybody else

October 22, 2017 | By Gwen Flanders | glflanders@gmail.com

Amid a growing hostility to journalists over “fake news,” reporters have a greater need than ever to know their rights on the job, according to panelists in a First Amendment discussion at the National Press Club on Friday.

The Free Speech Week program focused primarily on barriers journalists sometimes face when reporting in public places or seeking information from government agencies.

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Reporters lament ‘Gawker effect’ on investigative journalism

October 22, 2017 | By Chris Teale | chris.teale55@gmail.com

After the multi-million-dollar lawsuit that forced news website Gawker to close last year, many reporters and news organizations worry about whether they will be sued as they pursue investigative pieces, a panel of experts said Thursday at the National Press Club.

Margaret Sullivan of The Washington Post, Gawker founding editor Elizabeth Spiers and filmmaker Brian Knappenberger spoke after a screening of Knappenberger’s documentary film, “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press.”

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Trump’s criticism becomes “background music” as Times and Post push for truth, executive editors say

October 17, 2017 | By Gil Klein | gklein@american.edu

White House reporting can be challenging as President Trump demeans news coverage as "fake," but the executive editors of two of the nation’s leading newspapers said it can be done by maintaining high standards and not snapping at the president’s bait.

“If you tell the truth, if you're accurate, if you're aggressive, and you're fair, and you hold onto your principles, I think in the end, that’s the only way you can cover him,” The New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet told moderator Marvin Kalb on the latest edition of “The Kalb Report" at the National Press Club on Monday.

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Former TV anchor Maureen Bunyan says battle against monetization of news is lost

October 10, 2017 | By Bill McCloskey | bmcclos325@aol.com

Former WUSA and WJLA anchor Maureen Bunyan lamented the state of TV news today at an Oct. 5 "Legends of Broadcasting" dinner conversation at the National Press Club.

She said news anchors have lost the power they had to help set an agenda for the day's newscast.

The change began when owners realized news broadcasts could be money makers if enough people watched, Bunyan said. This led to the hiring of consultants who helped managers give viewers the type of broadcast they would prefer to tune in to.

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