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Newspapers are Fact-Checked, Hand-Delivered, No Pop-up Ads. What's Not to Love? Paulson Says

February 6, 2009

In his last moments as editor of USA Today before moving to the No. 2 spot at the Newseum, Ken Paulson offered his insights at the inauguration of the NPC's new president. Paulson congragulated the Club for choosing Donna Leinwand as its leader for 2009 and discussed the situation of the newspaper industry:

I do think there's room for some perspective. Yes, it's true that there have been significant layoffs at America's newspapers, but there have also been huge layoffs at Home Depot, and no one is predicting the demise of hammers.

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Rep. Barbara Lee: "Second Name is Courage," Helen Thomas Says

February 5, 2009 | By Barbara Bird and Andrew C. Schneider

A Book Event happened on the way to the White House.

Rep. Barbara Lee, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, was called to the White House by President Obama for a meeting shortly before her scheduled C;ub appearance on Wednesday to discuss her new book, “Renegade for Peace and Justice: Congresswoman Barbara Lee Speaks for Me”. In a gracious gesture, she said she would be a little late to the meeting in order to keep her Press Club commitment.

Veteran White House Correspondent Helen Thomas introduced her longtime friend with the explanation, “Courage is her second name.”

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It's Buy a Newspaper Day Today

February 2, 2009

About a month ago, a member of Facebook was feeling discouraged about the state of the newspaper industry. He came up with an idea: Buy a Newspaper Day.

As things do on Facebook, the idea took off, and Buy a Newspaper Day got 5,437 "yes" RSVPs. You don't have to be a Facebook member or have replie "yes" to join this show of support for on-paper newspapers.

Buy one today.

(Better yet: Subscribe!)

If you'd like to read how this all came about, here it is:


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Leinwand Sworn in as 102nd President; Club Celebrates at "Hurricane Donna"

February 2, 2009

More than 300 people attended "Hurricane Donna" Saturday night to celebrate Donna Leinwand's swearing-in as the Club's 102nd president.

Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz administered the oath of office, which Leinwand took with her hand on a military helmet (reflecting her many reporting assignments in Iraq and other war zones).

Guests dined on sirloin steak, drank copious amounts and roared with laughter at the witty barbs of poliical satarist Mark Russell.

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Newspaper Plight on NPR

January 29, 2009

The state of (financial) affairs in the news biz was the subject of an NPR Marketplace story on Wednesday.

Gil Klein, former Club president who spent last year conducting panel discussions nationwide on behalf of the Club to assess the changes in the industry and how they affect the First Amendment, was interviewed.

Here's a link:

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McConnell Pledges Cooperation, Predicts Prompt Stimulus Passage

January 26, 2009 | By Lorna Aldrich

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, Senate Republican leader, echoed President Barack Obama’s inaugural pledge of bipartisanship at a Jan. 23 Club Luncheon but didn’t hesitate to make his own points as well.

He expressed disapproval of the plan to close the Guantanamo prison and advocated loans, not grants, to states in the stimulus package.

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Initiation Waiver Extended; 84 New Members Welcomed into Club

January 22, 2009

The waiver of the initiation fee for new Club members will continue through 2009.

The Board of Governors approved continuing the waiver, which was originally implemented during the Club’s Centennial year, at its first meeting of 2009 on Friday following the membership meeting.

Membership Secretary Mark Hamrick said the waiver had proved to be “a very successful recruitment tool.”

The Board also approved the applications of 84 new members:


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Hamas Can't be Rearmed, Israeli Foreign Minister Says at Newsmaker

January 19, 2009

Halting the rearmament of Hamas, the militant government that controls Gaza, is crucial to a cease fire, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said at a Newsmaker Friday at the Club.

She was in Washington to meetd with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to sign an accord with the U.S. aimed at halting weapons smuggling across Egypt's border with Gaza.

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Leinwand Accepts President's Gavel

January 19, 2009 | By Myron Belkind, Club Secretary

Despite temperatures that dipped to 10 degrees, more than 80 NPC Members turned out for the annual membership Meeting on Friday to review "an extraordinary Centennial year" under outgoing President Sylvia Smith and to prepare for a "challenging" 2009 led by new President Donna Leinwand.

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News Outlets "Fighting for Survival," Yet Young People Seek Jobs in News

January 19, 2009 | By Gil Klein

Posted by Ryan Howell - 01/19/2009 | Email the editor
News Outlets "Fighting for Survival," Yet Young People Seek Jobs in News

For the Club’s Centennial, you sent me across the nation to hold forums on the First Amendment, Freedom of the Press and the Future of Journalism. At every stop, I gathered leading journalists from print, broadcast and the Internet as well as journalism scholars and First Amendment authorities.

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