National Press Club

"So You Want to Freelance" Panel 6:30 p.m. Tonight

September 17, 2008

Come one and all tonight (Wednesday) to learn how to get your freelance career into higher gear. Come show off your great interviewing skills by asking questions of our panelists:

Tam Harbert has covered technology, business and public policy for more than 20 years as an editor, writer and reporter. She focuses on computer and electronics industry trade magazines, newspapers and Web sites. She has run her own freelance business since 2005.

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Panel Discusses New Media's Role in Elections

September 17, 2008

Changes in new media are happening so quickly that Facebook may already be passé as a news medium in this presidential campaign, experts on changing news technology told a National Press Club forum Monday.

“I think we are in the post-Facebook phase,” said Ana Marie Cox, who founded the influential political blog, “Wonkette,” and now is the Washington editor of Time.com. “The medium that best expresses the moment we are in politically is not Facebook, but Twitter.”

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Colombian President Speaks Friday

September 15, 2008

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe will discuss his country's recent economic progress and security improvements at a luncheon Friday, Sept. 19.

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Seats Available Tonight: Blogs, YouTube and the Election

September 15, 2008

“The Bloggers, the Campaign and the Future of Journalism” will start at 7 p.m. tonight in the Club’s Ballroom. It is open to the public and admission is free.
Appearing on the panel will be:

-- Michael Tomasky, editor of GuardianAmerica.com, the U.S.-based Web site of The Guardian newspaper of London. It covers American politics and culture
-- Ana Marie Cox, who founded the influential political blog, Wonkette, and is the Washington editor of Time.com where she coordinates political coverage and hosts the Web site’s political blog, Swampland.

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Industry Downturn Spurs Gov't Push Back on Info

September 11, 2008 | By Gil Klein

DENVER – Squeezed for profits, news media companies no longer are pushing for access to information as they once did, a panel of Denver journalists said at a National Press Club forum here Tuesday.

“The media seems less and less willing to fight back and to challenge government authority in a legal sense,” said Brad Maass, who leads the investigative team at Denver’s CBS 4.

He was speaking at a National Press Club Centennial Forum on the First Amendment, freedom of the press and the future of journalism. It was held at the Denver Press Club.

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Chertoff Says US Safer Now; Praises Press

September 11, 2008 | By Arnold Donahue

On the eve of the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Michael Chertoff, cecretary of Homeland Security, answered the question he posed: Are we safer now than before 9/11?

He warned that the nation needs to be wary of the twin pitfalls of hysteria and complacency. He cited the measures taken since 9/11 as evidence that the situation had improved: the steps by the U.S. government and American allies, enhanced intelligence, stronger partnerships with allies, and the new department of Homeland Security.

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Jurnos Discuss Obama-McCain Campaign 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

September 11, 2008

Veteran political journalists with experience in covering US presidential campaigns in print, television, and radio will discuss presidential election coverage at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Jon Margolis, former chief correspondent for the Chicago Tribune;
John Mashek, US News & World Report and former political correspondent for the Boston Globe; Christine Dolan, London Mirror and former CNN political director; Jules Witcover, syndicated political columnist;

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Walters, Albright, Cohen to Roast Amanpour Nov. 21

September 10, 2008

Broadcasting legend Barbara Walters, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen will toast and roast Christiane Amanpour, the National Press Club's 2008 Fourth Estate Award winner, at the dinner in her honor on Nov. 21 at the Club.

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5K Forecast: Lookin' Good for Saturday

September 10, 2008

The weather forcast for Saturday is perfect running weather -- High of 81, low of 71.

If you haven't registered to participate in the Club's 5K Run/Walk, now is the time to sign up. Your $30 will get you a long-sleeve T shirt, a sit-down pancake and egg breakfast, the chance to win prizes if you or your team are fast or large (we're talking numbers, my friends, not what the scale says!), and the chance to win random prizes.

This bears repeating: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RUN! Walkers are, of course, welcome.

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Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff to Speak Wednesday

September 8, 2008

On the eve of the seventh observance of the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Centers, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security will tell a National Press Club audience what is being done to guard against another attack.

In a speech entitled, "All of the Above: Our Strategy Against Terrorism", Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will assess the state of the nation's security seven years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The NPC luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Reserve at (202) 662-7501.

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