National Press Club

NPC Discusses Future of Journalism Sept. 9 in Denver

September 25, 2008

The National Press Club kicks off its fall nationwide Centennial Forums project Sept. 9 with an event at the Denver Press Club. We are putting together panels of leading journalists to talk about where the news business is going and how to protect its core values. We're looking to build a big crowd, so please get the word out to your friends in the Denver area.

The 5Ws: 6:00 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place. Admission is free, but seats are limited. Please reserve by going to Blacktie-Colorado.com.

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NPC Gives Honorary Membership to 85-year Journalism Veteran Mildred Heath

September 25, 2008

NPC President Sylvia Smith presented Mildred Heath of Nebraska an honorary Club membership on Wednesday before Health was recognized as America’s oldest worker for 2008.

Heath has been in the newspaper biz for 85 years. She may be the longest-working Club member. When she began working at her hometown newspaper at age 15, she taught herself to operate a Linotype – a machine that turned hot lead into lines of type for the printing press.

“I got really good at it,” she sa id , “but the lead was really hot.” She still carries burn marks from those early days.

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Investigative Reporters -- Here's How to be a Real Investigator (and Make More Money)

September 25, 2008

Journalists Turned Full-Time Investigators Oct. 6, 6 p.m.
There is life after working for traditional journalism companies. Hear first-hand from investigators who make 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

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Ambassador Says Maldives is Now a 'Liberal Democracy'

September 24, 2008

The ambassador of the Republic of Maldives told a September 22 Newsmaker his nation—a collection of 1,192 islands and “islets” off the southwest coast of India--“ushered in a liberal democracy with strengthened human rights safeguards” with the August 7 ratification of a new constitution.

Mohamed Hussain Maniku said the act marked the culmination of almost four years of work by the former British colony's Constitutional Assembly and is seen as “heralding a new era in the democratic history of the nation.”

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S.F. Mayor Sees Cities, States Taking Health Care Lead

September 24, 2008 | By Keith Hill

If there is any progress in providing universal health care to all Americans, it will come from the cities and states rather than the federal government, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom told a Newsmaker audience Sept. 23.

Newsom, speaking in the Broadcast Operations Center, expressed no confidence in either the Congress or the next president in making health care available to all Americans. He lamented that the health care issue is currently on the back burner and more and more Americans are falling into the ranks of the uninsured.

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Pickens Promotes Wind Energy; Offers Tentative Support for Wall St. Bailout

September 23, 2008 | By Ken Dalecki

Energy entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens will be turning up the heat on presidential candidates Barrack Obama and John McCain to fashion a detailed energy plan before the November election aimed at reducing the nation’s dependence of imported oil.

Pickens told a National Press Club luncheon audience Monday, Sept. 22, that the media in past elections failed to press candidates for details when they promised to reduce the nation’s energy dependence. He said candidates never developed concrete plans and the nation’s dependence has only grown worse.

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Journos Express Uneasiness with "Citizen Journalists"

September 23, 2008 | By Gil Klein

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – “Citizen journalists” can be dangerous to the news media, a panel of leading Providence journalists told a National Press Club Centennial Forum at Johnson & Wales University Monday.

Suffering from staff cutbacks, some news organizations are turning to volunteers who attend local meetings and blog what happens to the newspaper or television station. That information can be incorporated into regular stories.

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Jounalists w/o Newsrooms: Wed., Sept. 24, 1-5 pm

September 19, 2008

Journalism is undergoing one of its biggest brain drains in history. Join us in the 4th floor broadcast studio for a free seminar from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, to hear practical how to advice from journalists who have made the transition to encore careers outside of newsrooms.

There is no cost, but space is limited. Sign up at: jschoo@press.org, or phone (202) 662-7507.

Session I

Eugene Meyer, writer and former Washington Post reporter - How to make a living as a freelance writer in Washington, D.C.

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Journalists in Transition: Mondays in October

September 19, 2008

The nature of work in American life is changing dramatically, and you must be prepared to address it. Layoffs and buyouts are a major part of the landscape, and you can learn to manage it or be managed by it.

Join veteran journalist and career coach Jackie Jones (www.jonescoaching.net) for a four-week course. Different topics will be addressed in each two-hour session:

-- Better manage your current situation, while you plan your next step

-- Decide whether a buyout really is for you and what to do if you take it

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NPC in Syracuse Tonight

September 17, 2008

Anyone in Syracuse, N.Y. this evening is invited to attend the Club's forum on the First Amendment, freedom of the press and the future of journalism, co-sponsored by the Newhouse School of Journalism.

It starts at 6 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse III, 215 University Place. Admission is free.

On the panel are:

Neill Borowski, managing editor of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Goldsmith Award for investigative reporting.
Aileen Gallagher, associate editor/online , New York Magazine and a 1999 Newhouse School alumna.

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