National Press Club

Reporters Getting Burned with New Technology, Panelists Say

October 29, 2008 | By Gil Klein

COLUMBIA, Mo. – News organizations are burning out reporters by demanding that they use more and more different types of technology to tell their stories, leading journalists said at a National Press Club forum at the University of Missouri Monday.

Yet there is scant evidence that this new technology is bringing in enough revenue to save journalism jobs and support the news business, they said.

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Nader Calls on Liberals, Progressives to Make More Demands on Obama

October 27, 2008 | By Mark Schoeff Jr.

Ralph Nader does not agree with the right-wing of the Republican Party on any issue. But he does admire the way that it makes GOP presidential nominees pay attention to their agenda.

The liberal and progressive portions of the Democratic Party don’t make the same demands of their candidates for the White House, which sets back the causes that have inspired Nader to run as an independent candidate for the third election in a row.

“Votes have to be conditioned,” Nader said at an Oct. 24 Newsmaker.

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Sprint's OK, But Don't Regulate Internet, CEO Says

October 27, 2008 | By Jerry Bastarache

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse told an Oct. 24 NPC luncheon that despite the Wall Street meltdown, his company has a positive cash flow and "plans to revolutionize the wireless industry," but he warned against moves toward "net neutrality" proposed by some Democrats.

"Regulating the internet has horrendous implications," the 33-year veteran of AT&T told the crowded ballroom.

Reacting to current economics, he said a friend told him the financial nosedive is worse than divorce. "I lost half my wealth but still have my wife," which brought gales of laughter.

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It's a Rebuilding Time for Papers, Panel Says

October 27, 2008

SPOKANE – With the latest round of staff reductions, Gary Graham, the new editor of the Spokane Spokesman-Review, hopes he has hit “ground zero” and can start regrouping and rebuilding the newspaper staff, he told a National Press Club Centennial Forum here Thursday.

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Billy Joel Dazzles Sold-Out Luncheon Crowd

October 24, 2008 | By Richard Lee

He was supposed to talk about celebrity endorsements of political candidates at his sold-out Press Club Luncheon appearance on Thursday, but Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and pianist Billy Joel dispensed with all that right away in two or three comments. And he wasn’t there to endorse anybody for president, either, although he recently performed at a fundraiser for Barack Obama. He went straight for the questions, of which there were many, from Club President Sylvia Smith and an audience full of long-time fans.

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Freedom of Information Hurt by Newspaper Revenue Losses, Panel Says

October 23, 2008

SEATTLE – All types of news media depend on a robust newspaper industry to take the lead in defending freedom of information against state and local government, leading Oregon journalists told a National Press Club Centennial Forum here Tuesday.

And when newspapers can no longer afford those legal costs, they said, the public’s access to information suffers.

“We’re spending less on legal fees,” said Ryan Blethen, associate publisher of the Seattle Times and a member of the fifth generation of the family that has run the Times since 1896.

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Concentrate on What You Do Best, Panelists Say

October 22, 2008 | By Gil Klein

PORTLAND – News organizations cannot be all things to all people, even if they have the technology to provide it, leading Oregon journalists told a National Press Club Centennial Forum here Tuesday.

Instead, they said, to attract an audience in this time of turmoil in the news business, they must concentrate on being the most authoritative voice in those areas they do best.

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Filibuster-proof Senate Possible, Agree Schumer, Ensign

October 22, 2008 | By Bill Miller

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-NY, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and his Republican counterpart, John Ensign, R-Nev., agreed at a rare NPC breakfast "luncheon" Oct. 21 that Democrats likely will add to their Senate majority in the Nov. 4 election.

But will Democrats win the required 60 seats that would enable them to override a GOP filibuster?

Neither campaign chief would predict. Using the same words, both said, “It is possible.”

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Awareness, Education Can Keep 'Digital Natives' Safe on Net

October 20, 2008 | By Keith Hill

Because kids are "digital natives" to the Internet, that makes them more open to revealing personal information while online, attorney Christopher Wolf told an Oct. 16 Newsmaker audience.

Wolf was one of three panelists talking about online safety.

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Finnish Official Says Firm Date, Resolve Help Digital Switchover

October 20, 2008 | By Mark Schoeff Jr.

Setting a firm date and holding consumers to the deadline will help make the switch over to digital television next year in the United States a smooth operation, according to a Finnish official who guided his country through a similar process.

Mikael Jungner, director general of the Finnish Broadcasting Company, was the point person for Finland’s transformation, which occurred on March 1. On that date each of the country’s 2.5 million households had to be geared up for digital TV, a change that would provide more channels and higher quality reception.

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