National Press Club

Voter education group, at Newsmaker, unveils pilot program to connect voters

May 5, 2014 | By Galen Tan | galentan@gmail.com

Voter Empowerment Action Project (VEAP) President Yvette Lewis announced formation of a new citizen-to-citizen outreach program, called Voter Connect, to connect voters across all states, at a May 5 National Press Club Newsmaker.

VEAP, formed to educate voters about their state’s election laws, will pilot Voter Connect in North Carolina, Lewis said. The pilot program, unveiled one day before the state's May 6 primaries, aims to improve voter turnout and assist voters navigate new voting legislation by connecting North Carolina voters with Maryland volunteers.

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Women stuck in mid-life change can reinvent themselves, Marlo Thomas says at Book Rap

May 3, 2014 | By Jan King | jan.king@live.com

Women who are forced to “reinvent” themselves because they are stuck in dead-end jobs, laid off or suddenly divorced don’t need to stop their dreams of living fulfilling lives, television icon and author Marlo Thomas told a National Press Club Book Rap May 2.

Thomas, a multiple award-winning actress best known for starring in the 1966-71 TV sitcom “That Girl,” appeared at the Club to discuss her latest book, “It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over,” which details inspirational stories of women in their 40s who managed to start new careers using nothing but their inborn talent.

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Library now has copy of three-volume 'Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics'

May 1, 2014 | By Marc A. Wojno | MWojno@kiplinger.com

As journalists covering politics are gearing up for mid-term elections, the National Press Club's National Journalism Institute now has a resource to offer those interested in the latest available research on the impact of social media on the U.S. political process.

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National Press Club podcast explores social-media usage while at work

May 1, 2014 | By Mike Hempen | mhempen204@comcast.net

Should people be allowed to use social media while they are on the job? For communication professionals, the answer may seem like a no-brainer, but National Press Club member and human resources expert Aliah Wright says more than 40 percent of the nation's companies don't let employees use sites like Facebook and Twitter at work.

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Photographers advised how to protect rights to their work

May 1, 2014 | By Jack Williams | weatherjack@me.com

The instant a photographer presses the button to open the shutter, he or she creates a copyrighted "work" that no one can legally use without the photographer's permission, Mickey H. Osterreicher told approximately 70 attendees at the April 29 evening presentation on "Copyright and Social Media" in the National Press Club's First Amendment Lounge.

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Herblock winner's cartoons displayed at the Club

April 30, 2014 | By Thomas Burr | thomaswburr@gmail.com

Four new cartoons – from Herblock Award winner Jen Sorensen – are now on display at the National Press Club's Reliable Source to highlight the wall devoted to a hallmark of journalism, editorial cartooning and its impact on the public discourse.

Sorensen, a freelance cartoonist whose sharp take on the political and social scene earned her the annual award named for longtime Washington Post cartoonist Herb Block, joined Press Club President Myron Belkind and others for lunch April 30 at the Club to view the new display. Sorensen, of Austin, Texas, said she was excited to have

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Officials, victims call human sex trafficking, a huge issue in the United States

April 29, 2014 | By Aisha Chowdhry | aishachowdhry@yahoo.com

Human sex trafficking has become a problem for large, urban counties in the United States. It is not just an international issue but a domestic one, which needs to be prioritized, officials and victims of sex trafficking, said at a National Press Club Newsmakers press conference on April 29.

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NPC Travel Committee announces 2014 trips at reception

April 28, 2014 | By Fay Iudicello | faysiudicello@gmail.com

The National Press Club Travel Committee announced the remaining 2014 travel schedule at a reception on April 29.

Potential travelers were briefed on each of the 2014 travel events and were able to pose questions to the presenters regarding various aspects of each trip.

The remaining trips for 2014 are:

  • June 7: Battle of the Wilderness/Annual Civil War Trust Trip
  • September 17-26: Amsterdam, Bruges, Normandy with an optional Paris extension for September 26-29
  • October 11-18: Costa Rica

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Elon Musk's news conference at the National Press Club tops Google News April 25

April 25, 2014 | By William McCarren | wmccarren@press.org

SpaceX founder Elon Musk was at the National Press Club on April 25 for a news conference about his Falcon rocket, which recently completed its mission and returned for a “soft” landing in the ocean off Cape Canaveral, Florida. This shows that SpaceX's rockets may be recoverable and reusable which would have major implications for the cost of space missions in the future, Musk said.

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Press Club member Paul Dickson tells Book Rap Shakespeare invented word for fireworks

April 25, 2014 | By Joe Motheral | JoeGM35@aol.com

April 23 happened to be the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, an appropriate date for Paul Dickson to appear at a National Press Club Book Rap to discuss his book, Authorisms a compilation of words and phrases coined by the famous and infamous.

Shakespeare brought over 17,000 words into the English language, Dickson said.

“Five hundred to six hundred are still with us today, for example 'bump' and 'fireworks',” Dickson said.

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