National Press Club

Panel tells reporters on science stories to accept uncertainty, seek experts

January 22, 2015 | By Amy Fickling | xlntdragon@hotmail.com

Panelists at a Professional Development Session Jan 14 on “How to Cover Science-Related Issues When Science Isn’t Your Beat,” told the audience to accept uncertainty and seek expert advice.

Accept and embrace uncertainty and complexity when covering science-related topics, veteran science reporter Seth Borenstein advised those attending. Keep in mind that things are not always black and white, even though editors may want stories that present an issue in those contrasts. “Science is by nature imprecise,” he said. Become familiar with the definition of “theory” in scientific terms.

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Lewis describes 1961 Freedom Ride at book event

January 22, 2015 | By Jan King | jan.king@live.com

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga, a leader of the 1960s Civil Rights movement, described his 1961 Freedom Ride, the subject of the second graphic novel in a trilogy - "March: Book Two" - for a Jan. 21 National Press Club audience.

Lewis said that he made his first trip to Washington, D.C. in 1961 to join the Freedom Ride, sponsored by the Congress for Racial Equality. The Freedom Ride tested Lewis' convictions through withstanding and witnessing a range of violence from beatings, police brutality, imprisonment, and arson to murder, he said.

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CNBC-Asia interviews Belkind on Charlie Hebdo, freedom of the press

January 19, 2015 | By Bill McCarren | bmccarren@press.org

Former Club President Myron Belkind gave a live interview to CNBC-Asia Wednesday, Jan. 14 on the Charlie Hebdo developments, the dangers facing journalists and the importance of freedom of the press.

Here is a link to the interview.

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NPC doing well as gavel passes to Hughes

January 19, 2015 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

Elected leaders of the National Press Club cited new initiatives, improving finances and stabilized membership as major accomplishments in 2014 as Myron Belkind passed the presidential gavel to John Hughes at the club's annual general membership meeting on Friday, Jan. 16.

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NEH chair launches initiative to make out-of-print outstanding books into free e-books

January 16, 2015 | By Jennifer Ejin | akunnaya25@yahoo.com

The tenth chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), William “Bro” Adams, announced a collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation called the “One Book Project,” which aims to give “second life to outstanding out-of-print books in the humanities by making them freely accessible to the public as e-books” at a National Press Club luncheon on Jan. 15.

He said this partnership is the “first collaboration of this kind with the Andrew Mellon Foundation.”

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Anti-abortion leader predicts congressional passage, presidential veto of restricting bill

January 15, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert | PippertW@missouri.edu

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List, said at a National Press Club Newsmaker Jan. 15 that the House would pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection bill on Jan. 20, the day of the March for Life in Washington.

Dannenfelser said the Senate, now in control of the Republicans, would quickly follow suit. But she acknowledged that a likely veto by President Obama "would be a high bar for us to reach ... a big one, perhaps insurmountable."

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Shields calls "The Partisan Divide" the book to read

January 15, 2015 | By Amy Fickling | xlntdragon@hotmail.com

Mark Shields; political commentator and moderator of a panel on the book, "The Partisan Divide," by Martin Frost, Tom Davis and Richard Cohen; told a Jan. 13 National Press Club audience that “if you are going to read one book this year … this is the one” you should pick up.

Democrat Frost represented the Dallas-Fort Worth district of Texas in the House from 1979 to 2005 and Republican David represented a Northern Virginia district from 1995 to 2008. Cohen was a longtime Washington congressional correspondent and columnist.

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HUD Secretary dodges question on VP run, touts wiser approach to home ownership

January 13, 2015 | By Yasmine El-Sawabi | yasmine.elsabawi@gmail.com

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro insisted on Jan. 13 that he just wants to do the best he can in a role he’s held for nearly six months, after being asked at a National Press Club Newsmaker if he would consider a vice presidential run alongside Hillary Clinton in 2016.

“I’m trying to do a great job at HUD,” he said, but added that Clinton “will do enormous good” should she become the next U.S. president.

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Top volunteers take lead in making Club global, promoting press freedom

January 13, 2015 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. | mschoeff@investmentnews.com

Two National Press Club members received the organization’s top volunteer award on Jan. 12 for their efforts to keep the Club at the forefront of press freedom and to make it a center of global culture.

John Donnelly, chair of the Club’s Freedom of the Press Committee, won one of the Berny Krug Awards for directing the group in fulfilling one of the Club’s most important missions – upholding the rights of reporters to do their jobs wherever the story leads.

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Retiring Postmaster General Urges Congress to Forgo 'Absurd Mandate' and 'Shortsightedness'

January 6, 2015 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net>;

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, retiring this month, used a Tuesday Newsmaker to urge Congress, postal unions and the mailing industry to grant the Postal Service flexibility to adjust to changes.

He started his list of recommendations with retiree health benefits, which he called "my favorite example of an absurd mandate" because Congress requires the Postal Service to prepay a 40-year obligation in 10 years. This could have been done if the Internet had not been invented, he said.

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