National Press Club

America Needs to Put Its House in Order, Bacevich Says

October 13, 2008 | By Keith Hill

Americans must make substantive changes in this country and put its house in order if things are going to improve, Andrew Bacevich, professor of history and international relations at Boston University, said at an Oct. 10 Newsmaker.

Bacevich is the author of "The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism," which has been
called "an authoritative call to arms for change."

Focusingon the current economic crisis, Bacevich said you can look at it as either a passing problem or a true turning point in global history.

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Investigative Reporting Vital to Industry Future, Panel Says

October 9, 2008 | By Gil Klein

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Good investigative reporting is key to maintaining strong local journalism, but it is difficult to do under current economic conditions, leading South Carolina journalists said at an NPC Centennial Forum here Wednesday.

“There are few things we do that gets a more favorable response from readers than investigative reporting,” said Mark Lett, editor of the Columbia newspaper, The State.

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New Economic Models for News Organizations: Panel

October 8, 2008 | By Donna Leinwand

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – New ways of raising revenue will be developed to support the news business, leading North Carolina journalists said at a NPC here Tuesday.

The two mistakes that have been made to far with Internet news are the idea that news is free on the Internet and that the price of advertising should be based on the television model – how many eyeballs see an ad, said Penny Muse Abernathy, a University of North Carolina professor of digital economics.

That will change, she said.

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New Economic Models for News Organizations: Panel

October 8, 2008 | By Donna Leinwand

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – New ways of raising revenue will be developed to support the news business, leading North Carolina journalists said at a NPC here Tuesday.

The two mistakes that have been made to far with Internet news are the idea that news is free on the Internet and that the price of advertising should be based on the television model – how many eyeballs see an ad, said Penny Muse Abernathy, a University of North Carolina professor of digital economics.

That will change, she said.

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NPC Forum in Atlanta Oct. 14

October 8, 2008

he Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Pultizer Prize-winning editorial page editor and the anchor of an Atlanta TV station will appear with a journalism professsor and a longtime political writer and editor to discuss the news industry next week as part of the Club's nationwide conversation about the direction of the business.

The Oct. 14 event will begin at 6 p.m. at Georgia Public Broadcasting, 260 14th St. in Atlanta. It is open to the public. Admission is free for National Press Club members, Atlanta Press Club members and students; admission for others is $15.

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Journos at NPC Forum Foresee Huge Changes

October 8, 2008 | By Jerry Zremski

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The newspaper as we know it will soon be published just once a week, and will eventually disappear.

Radio reporters will be master multitaskers, filing reports in various forms for their stations’ web sites.

And more and more journalists will be entrepreneurs, building their own brand in their own names rather than relying on the lumbering mastadons of the mainstream media.

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Fragmenting Audiences Require News Organizations to Rethink Mission

October 8, 2008

RICHMOND, Va. – Fragmenting audiences are making it more difficult for news organizations to identify whom they are reaching so they can convince advertisers to support their journalism, leading Virginia journalists said at an NPC Centennial Forum here Monday.

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Club Sponsors Journalism Panel in Seattle Oct. 22

October 8, 2008

The Club and the University of Washington will sponsor a panel on the future of the news media at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in Seattle.

Panelists are:

Ryan Blethen, associate publisher of the Seattle Times

Lori Matsukawa, anchor of KING-5 TV news

Knute Berger, columnist for Crosscut.com and former publisher of the Seattle Weekly

Randal Beam, University of Washington Associate professor of journalism

The panel will be moderated by Gil Klein, a veteran national correspondent, a past Club president and director of the Club’s Centennial Project.

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Craigslist Founder Takes On-line Organizing to Prez Campaign

October 6, 2008 | By Mark Schoeff Jr.

Craig Newmark helped define the possibilities of Internet connections over the last 13 years. His Web site craigslist publishes classified ads that have linked millions of people to jobs, real estate and romance.

Now Newmark wants to use the Internet to get young people to the votingbooth. In a National Press Club Newsmaker on Friday, Oct. 3, he announced that craigslist, Google and other Internet sites have launched an initiative called “Declare Yourself.”

The effort is a natural outgrowth of craigslists’ strength--using social media to bring people together, according to Newmark.

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Journos Become Investigators; Panel 6:30 Tonight

October 6, 2008

There is life after working for traditional journalism companies. Hear first-hand from investigators, making higher salaries in a field where opportunity looms. Among those participating in the panel will be former journalists who started their own companies, including a headhunter for the investigative industry.

Panelists:
Gary Cohen, Orpheus LLC and former US News investigative reporter
John Mintz, Mintz Group and former Washington Post investigative reporter
Ken Cummins, Capitol Inquiry, Inc and former CityPaper writer and editor, CityPaper

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