National Press Club

Top Authors Draw Big Crowds for Book Fair

November 20, 2009

Top pols, pundits and cultural legends brought a spillover crowd of nearly 1,000 book lovers s to the 32nd Annual Book Fair & Authors' Night Nov. 17.

Even with a few last-minute cancellations, the Book Fair included a robust lineup of nealy 100 authors, including Ann Coulter, Kinky Friedman, Gwen Ifill, Jim Lehrer, Isabelle Gilles, Ken Auletta, Sen. Barbara Boxer, Rep. Henry Waxman, and Top Chef's Spike and Carla.

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Committee to Protect Journalists Recognizes 4 Int'l Journalists

November 19, 2009 | By Frank Smyth |

Naziha Réjiba, editor of the Tunisian online news journal Kalima, said she knows what to expect when she returns home: surveillance, harassment, and threats conducted by one the world’s most repressive governments.

“While I’m speaking, many homes of Tunisian journalists are completely surrounded,” Réjiba, one of four recipients of the 2009 International Press Freedom Awards, said Nov. 19 at the National Press Club.

The Committee to Protect Journalists gives the awards each year to courageous journalists working in dangerous and repressive circumstances.

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Thanks for Helping SEED School Fill its Library; Book Fair a Success

November 19, 2009 | By Rick Dunham, Library board president |

Every year, the National Press Club's popular book fair raises money for the Club's Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library. But this year, the book fair also helped students in desperate need of books of their own.

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German, US Unions Form Alliance to Organize US Telecom Firm

November 19, 2009 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

For decades, globalization has involved buying and selling goods and services and making financial transactions across borders, creating a seamless worldwide market place.

Now German and U.S. unions want to secure collective bargaining rights on a global scale. The Communications Workers of America and ver.di, the German union at Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile, announced at a Nov. 18 Newsmaker that they are joining forces to try to organize workers at T-Mobile USA, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom.

Read more Managing Editor, 6:30 pm Nov. 18; Members Only

November 18, 2009

Christine Montgomery, managing editor at, will offer insider's tips for media professionals looking to get a foothold in online media at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Lisagor Room.

The session is the final event of the Breaking in to Digital Media fall speaker series, which aims to give journalists and media professionals an opportunity to glean insiders' tips from prominent online media experts.

This event is for NPC members only and is limited to 40 members.

RSVP to the Events Committee's Christine Dell'Amore:

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NTSB Chairman Warns 'First Impressions Can Be Wrong'

November 17, 2009 | By Hope Katz Gibbs |

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Debbie Hersman criticized the way some members of the press cover the aviation and transportation accidents at a Luncheon Nov. 16.

“We understand the need to solve the puzzle in the early hours of an accident, and we know your editors and producers want you to be the first to get the ‘cause’ of the accident, but what is the cost to your credibility if you are the first to get the cause wrong? We have learned from experience that first impressions can be wrong,” she said.

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Hard News Key to '60 Minutes' Success

November 17, 2009 | By Gil Klein |

“60 Minutes” has attracted a greater audience because it is emphasizing hard news at the same time that most news programs are going soft, Jeffrey Fager, the show’s executive producer, told host Marvin Kalb at the Nov. 16 Kalb Report.

“Our audience has increased as we have gotten harder,” Fager said. “There’s an appetite out there for hard news, and everyone else is going softer.”

That means the show is doing fewer personality profiles than it has in the past, he said, and more investigative pieces and more analysis of the big breaking news events.

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Chick-fil-A Founder Tells Down-Home Success Story

November 16, 2009 | By Andrew Kreig |

The 88-year-old founder of Chick-fil-A told a Nov. 13 Club luncheon audience about his company’s tale of continued growth through recent hard times enabled by low-debt, customer service, family ownership and religious faith.

Truett Cathy, who borrowed money in 1946 to start his first restaurant in suburban Atlanta, remains chairman of the privately held company that announced its 42nd straight year of record sales and an expected record of $3 billion in total revenue by year-end.

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Friedman Receives NPC's Top Honor

November 16, 2009 | By Jerry Zremski |

Thomas L. Friedman offered an optimistic take on the future of journalism Friday -- while his friends told us things about the three-time Pulitzer winner that we never knew -- as the Club presented him with its 37th annual Fourth Estate Award for career achievement.

Speaking at a dinner in his honor, Friedman called journalism "the most fun you can have legally" and said he is convinced that the profession has a strong future even though its current delivery system seems broken.

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Amnesty Int'l Official Urges Action on Human Rights

November 13, 2009 | By Tejinder Singh |

Amnesty International's Asia expert challenged journalists to pose human rights questions to President Obama at his press conference with Chinese President Hu on Nov. 17 in Beijing.

At a Newsmaker Nov. 12, T. Kumar warned Obama to be ready to face protests if he fails to address the issue of human rights publicly in China.

Kumar threatened to hold protests in front of the White House, petition members of Congress and conduct demonstrations during future visits of Chinese officials, including Hu.

Kumar asked: “Why Obama is reluctant to speak publicly?"

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