National Press Club

Former Club presidents cite expertise, flexibility, good writing as keys to journalism success

December 21, 2015 | By Lorna Aldrich |

A panel of former National Press Club presidents told an audience of journalism students to develop expertise, be flexible and write well to build their careers at a Dec. 16 NPC Journalism Institute event.

Myron Belkind, former AP bureau chief in New Delhi, London and Tokyo and 2014 Club president, said journalists traditionally were trained to be generalists.

But today, having a specialty, such as business writing, is an advantage. Science journalism is another growing niche, he said.

There's more to career success than subject-matter expertise, the former Club presidents said.

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Estonian foreign minister cites security, terrorism, refugees as country's biggest challenges

December 21, 2015 | By Noel St. John |

Estonia Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said that security is the top concern for her country, following aggressive Russian military activities in neighboring Ukraine and in the Crimea.

At a Dec. 17 National Press Club Newsmaker, she called on Russia to resume following international law and the agreements in place under the Helsinki Accords of 1975.

Another challenge facing Estonia is how it will play its part in dealing with millions of refugees and migrants who are flooding into Europe, she said.

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Puerto Rico governor blasts Republicans for refusing to help with debt

December 16, 2015 | By Justin Duckham |

Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla blasted Congress Wednesday for refusing to include a provision allowing the U.S. territory to restructure its debt in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill awaiting legislative approval.

"I am extremely disappointed,” Padilla said at a Club Luncheon. “Congress missed an opportunity to do the right thing.”

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New President Burr: 'The Press Club means the world to me'

December 13, 2015 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

When Tommy Burr moved to Washington, he joined the National Press Club before he found an apartment. ‎A decade later, he is leading the organization.

A Washington correspondent for The Salt Lake Tribune, Burr was elected Club president on Dec. 11 in an election that also saw the most votes ever cast for in an election for communicator members of the Board of Governors.

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Burr of The Salt Lake Tribune Elected President of The National Press Club

December 11, 2015

Thomas Burr of The Salt Lake Tribune was elected Friday as president of the National Press Club, the world's leading professional organization for journalists.

Burr, a Utahn who has served as a Washington correspondent for the Salt Lake City newspaper since 2005, will assume the presidency Jan. 15. He is a former president of the Regional Reporters Association and a past chairman of the Congressional Standing Committee of Correspondents.

A Jan. 23 inaugural gala is planned for the new president of the club, which was founded in 1908 and includes thousands of members worldwide.

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New Smithsonian head urges emphasis on arts and humanities, but not at expense of science

December 8, 2015 | By Gwen Flanders |

David Skorton, the new secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, made it clear Tuesday that he sees his organization’s mission in broad terms.

In a National Press Club luncheon address, Skorton talked about the need for a community to agree on values in order to solve society’s problems.

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Club strengthens social-media presence with live Tweeting of events

December 8, 2015 | By Talia Schmidt |

The National Press Club has increased its number of Twitter followers from 9,000 to more than 12,000 over the last seven months, making substantial progress on one of the Club's highest priorities in 2015 -- strengthening its social-media presence.

Live Tweeting of events has enabled the Club to become more prominent in the Twittersphere.

“Social media has exploded,” said Club President John Hughes. “It’s where the action is in terms of communicating with the world.”

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Former Club presidents grill Abraham Lincoln at press conference

December 7, 2015 | By Gilbert Klein |

President Lincoln never held a press conference in life, but on Dec. 3 Old Abe — in the form of Lincoln impersonator George Buss -- sat down with two former National Press Club presidents for a grilling as though it were April 11, 1865.

It was all part of a program that the Club co-sponsored with the Abraham Lincoln Association, the Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C., the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia and the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.

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Plan measurement of PR campaign from the outset, ‘Get It Online’ attendees advised

December 7, 2015 | By Joan Coyle |

Measurement of the success of a public campaign has changed radically in the digital age, said Shonali Burke, a digital media expert, at the National Press Club’s most recent “Get It Online” series of luncheon discussions Dec. 4.

As a result, she told attendees, it is important for PR practitioners to plan measurement of a campaign from its very beginning. To best benchmark progress of a campaign, she advised, measurement should be based on campaign goals. Before launching a campaign, she said, you must understand what you are trying to do and why it is important.

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Soccer 'a force for good' and a tool against radicalization, Prince Ali says

December 5, 2015 | By Yasmine El-Sabawi |

Introducing the world’s most popular game -- soccer -- to young refugees is one of the accomplishments Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan is most proud of, he told a packed National Press Club luncheon Dec. 4.

Jordan is now hosting more than one million Syrian refugees, and many are “young boys and girls who have nothing to do with their time,” Al-Hussein said.

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