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NewsChannel 8: NPC Chef Discusses Going Green at Club's Restaurants

November 30, 2009

NPC Executive Chef Susan Delbert seems to be everywhere these days. Recently profiled in the Washington Post by Tom Sietsema, she was invited on a television talk show this week to discuss the “green” movement in restaurants.

The show “Let’s Talk Live” aired on News Channel 8 at 12:45 Nov. 23 and was repeated at 3 p.m. It is also on their website at the link below.

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2,143 Books Sold at Fair

November 25, 2009

Book Fair attendees purchased 2,143 books from the 90 authors who offered their works at the Nov. 17 event.

The top five sellers were:

80 books: "Dr. Galen's Little Black Bag" by Robert Comunale
79 books: "Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook" by Spike Mendelsohn and Carla Hall
66 books: "Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America" by Ann Coulter
57 books: "Kinky's Celebrity Pet Files" by Kinky Friedman
56 books: "Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do" by Helen Thomas and Craig Crawford

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NPC Mourns 12 Journalists Killed in Philippines

November 24, 2009

The National Press Club mourns the 12 journalists reportedly killed while covering a local gubernatorial candidate's attempt to file election papers in the Philippines' Maguindanao Province on the island of Mindanao.

Early reports from the Philippines state-run media say 46 people, including 12 journalists, were slain, allegedly by supporters of the incumbent governor. More than 100 gunmen surrounded the group, including the candidate's wife, and kidnapped them. Some of the victims had been beheaded, the media reported.

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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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