National Press Club

Changing of the Guard: Outgoing NPC President Hughes hands gavel to new chief Burr

January 16, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Outgoing National Press Club President John Hughes turned over the gavel to incoming president Thomas Burr on Friday, Jan. 15, at the club's general membership meeting, which also highlighted reports of a "low slide" in membership but ending 2015 "completely debt free."

Burr, a reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune and outgoing vice president, choked back tears when he said in his opening remarks: "This is my promise: we're going to build on our successes."

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World more dangerous than in 2009: Armed Services Committee Chairman Thornberry

January 13, 2016 | By Jesse Rifkin |

The threats to global and U.S. security are escalating, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) warned at a National Press Club luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

“The world is more dangerous today than it was in 2009,” he proclaimed. Despite President Barack Obama's claims in the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, ``that is not just hot air. That’s the facts. That’s reality,” Thornberry said. “This notion that our enemies are not growing stronger, I think that is empirically not true.”

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Update-1: The business of social media and its relevance for journalism

January 13, 2016 | By Mike Hempen |

Update-1 examines the business side of social media and how it applies to journalism in part 2 of a five-part series on social media.

Broadcast Committee member Jennifer Strong interviews Scott Talan, an American University social media professor, and Robinson Meyer, an associate editor who covers technology at The Atlantic.

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Panel explores context of MLK's 1962 speech at NPC

January 13, 2016 | By Julia Haskins |

On July 19, 1962, Martin Luther King Jr. became the first African American to address the National Press Club. Nearly fifty-three years later on Jan. 12, portions of the speech were played for the first time since being delivered in the Club ballroom where King stood.

The event also marked the unveiling of a plaque commemorating King’s speech that will hang outside the ballroom.

Human and civil rights activist Joe Madison, the radio host known on SiriusXM’s Urban View channel as "The Black Eagle,” moderated a panel that provided context and insight into King’s remarks.

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Times columnist Friedman moderates panel on transformation at electric utilities

January 12, 2016 | By Lorna Aldrich |

New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman on Jan. 11 moderated a panel of experts who predict technology and consumers' market choices will transform the electrical energy economy.

Although Friedman introduced the discussion, held at the National Press Club, by citing the recent climate change accords in Paris, the panelists focused on the trends of rapid and extensive change in the industry.

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Navy Chief outlines growing challenges from technological change

January 12, 2016 | By Ken Dalecki |

The pace of informational and technological change is accelerating so fast that the U.S. Navy is revamping the way it educates personnel from the lowest to the highest ranks, Adm. John M. Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), told a National Press Club luncheon audience on Monday, Jan. 11.

"We have to develop and field technology more quickly" and "learn and adapt faster," he said.

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Canada's Miss World contestant urges businesses, international organizations to press China on human rights

December 21, 2015 | By Shahryar Rizvi |

Anastasia Lin, the 2015 Miss World Canada, urged businesses and global organizations, such as Miss World and the International Olympic Committee, to pressure China to improve human rights in the country, in a National Press Club luncheon speech on Dec. 18.

Lin spoke the day before she was to compete for the Miss World crown. But she did not appear in the contest because China denied her entry to the country for the pageant after she spoke out about China's human rights practices.

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Former Club presidents cite expertise, flexibility, good writing as keys to journalism success

December 21, 2015 | By Lorna Aldrich |

A panel of former National Press Club presidents told an audience of journalism students to develop expertise, be flexible and write well to build their careers at a Dec. 16 NPC Journalism Institute event.

Myron Belkind, former AP bureau chief in New Delhi, London and Tokyo and 2014 Club president, said journalists traditionally were trained to be generalists.

But today, having a specialty, such as business writing, is an advantage. Science journalism is another growing niche, he said.

There's more to career success than subject-matter expertise, the former Club presidents said.

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Estonian foreign minister cites security, terrorism, refugees as country's biggest challenges

December 21, 2015 | By Noel St. John |

Estonia Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said that security is the top concern for her country, following aggressive Russian military activities in neighboring Ukraine and in the Crimea.

At a Dec. 17 National Press Club Newsmaker, she called on Russia to resume following international law and the agreements in place under the Helsinki Accords of 1975.

Another challenge facing Estonia is how it will play its part in dealing with millions of refugees and migrants who are flooding into Europe, she said.

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Puerto Rico governor blasts Republicans for refusing to help with debt

December 16, 2015 | By Justin Duckham |

Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla blasted Congress Wednesday for refusing to include a provision allowing the U.S. territory to restructure its debt in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill awaiting legislative approval.

"I am extremely disappointed,” Padilla said at a Club Luncheon. “Congress missed an opportunity to do the right thing.”

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