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Tune in to the Update-1 audio podcast for insight into news, politics, entertainment and sports. A production of the National Press Club, Update-1 provides a forum for listeners to learn more about newsworthy stories originating from the Club's facilities, as well as broader topics related to journalism, communications, freedom and transparency. For straightforward insight beyond the headlines, turn to Update-1.

  • White House Correspondent And NPC Member Connie Lawn Discusses Her New Autobiography
    White House Correspondent And NPC Member Connie Lawn Discusses Her New Autobiography

    March 31, 2015

    She's the longest serving White House reporter, having covered that beat for nearly a half-century. And now National Press Club member Connie Lawn has published a new autobiography, "You Wake Me Each Morning: The Final Chapter." Lawn talks about the book and her distinguished career with veteran Press Club member Irv Chapman in this edition of Update-1, the National Press Club's podcast. Lawn talks about the time she met Nelson Mandela and he told her he listened to her radio reports while in prison.

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  • Freelancers Becoming A Larger Share Of The American Workforce
    Freelancers Becoming A Larger Share Of The American Workforce

    March 10, 2015

    There are currently an estimated 53-million freelance workers in the United States, making up about one-third of the total workforce. By 2020 freelancers are expected to account for about half of the U.S. workforce. Why the surge in freelance workers? And what are some recommendations for full-time workers who want to become freelancers? In this edition of Update-1, Broadcast Committee member Ufuoma Otu talks to National Press Club member Tam Harbert, the chair of the Freelance Committee, about the challenges freelance journalists face and what makes a freelancer successful.

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  • With Republicans In Control, What Can We Expect From Capitol Hill The Rest Of This Year?
    With Republicans In Control, What Can We Expect From Capitol Hill The Rest Of This Year?

    February 20, 2015

    The Keystone XL Pipeline and immigration reform already have made news, but with Republicans controlling both the House and Senate, what are some of the other national issues we'll hear about this year? In this edition if Update-1, Broadcast Committee member Ufuoma Otu talks with Jim McElhatton, a former Washington Times reporter who recently joined an investigative firm, about the legislative outlook for the remainder of 2015.

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  • The State of Defense in Washington and Beyond
    The State of Defense in Washington and Beyond

    February 2, 2015

    From new committee leadership in Congress to President Obama’s latest nominee to lead the Pentagon, 2015 could be a particularly newsworthy year for U.S. defense issues. National Press Club member Adam Konowe interviews Defense News editor and television host Vago Muradian about military-related policy, the industrial base and the evolution of defense journalism during the last decade or two. Muradian also provides his insight on what to watch in the year to come, including the budget process at home and technology-enhanced challenges from adversaries abroad.

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  • Outgoing NPC President Says Journalists Must Not Be Deterred After Terrorist Attack In Paris
    Outgoing NPC President Says Journalists Must Not Be Deterred After Terrorist Attack In Paris

    January 23, 2015

    Outgoing National Press Club President Myron Belkind believes the attack on the office of the Paris satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo is another example of the increasing dangers to journalists. Belkind discusses press freedom in this edition of Update-1, which is hosted by 50-year NPC member Irv Chapman. Belkind says journalists must maintain high professional standards even if there is increasing global intolerance for a free press.

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  • Just How Contemporary is the PR Industry?
    Just How Contemporary is the PR Industry?

    January 6, 2015

    Public relations is widely viewed as a contemporary development, but PR executive and lecturer Shelley Spector begs to differ. As founder of the Museum of Public Relations (www.prmuseum.org), based at Baruch College in New York, Spector’s extensive collection of artifacts, books and video interviews shows that PR can be traced back thousands of years with roots in psychology and other social sciences.

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  • Press Club member Charlotte Grimes Discusses Why Opinionated News Coverage Has Proven Successful
    Press Club member Charlotte Grimes Discusses Why Opinionated News Coverage Has Proven Successful

    December 19, 2014

    Bias is a four-letter word when it comes to news coverage. With the Fox News Channel consistently ahead of the other cable news networks in the ratings, this edition of Update-1 examines why infusing news coverage with opinion has proven so successful from a business standpoint. National Press Club member Charlotte Grimes, an expert in news literacy and the recently-retired Knight Chair in Political Reporting at Syracuse University, talks with Press Club member Violet Ikonomova about when and how biased reporting became widely accepted and why she thinks it's harmful to a democratic society.

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  • Giovanna Dell'Orto: The Challenges of Reporting on Immigration
    Giovanna Dell'Orto: The Challenges of Reporting on Immigration

    December 1, 2014

    The challenges of covering immigration from the southern borders of the U.S. and the EU are the focus of the latest edition of Update-1, the National Press Club's podcast.

    NPC member Giovanna Dell'Orto, a journalism professor and former Associated Press immigration reporter, talks with International Correspondents Committee chair Molly McCluskey about how media coverage of immigration challenges is often too narrowly focused, and fails to take into account the cultural, political, and ecomomic factors behind mass migration.

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  • Actor and radio show host Sean Astin is not impressed with the state of journalism
    Actor and radio show host Sean Astin is not impressed with the state of journalism

    November 14, 2014

    Actor and radio show host Sean Astin says preparation is the key to public discourse. Astin is often interviewed by reporters but he's not impressed with the state of journalism, saying many of the journalists he interacts with are not as prepared as they should be. Austin prides himself on being well-researched for his radio show, "Vox Populi." He spoke recently at the National Press Club and his appearance is featured in this latest edition of Update-1.

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  • A Reference Guide to the Language of Politics
    A Reference Guide to the Language of Politics

    October 17, 2014

    Politics is the focus of the latest edition of Update-1. Specifically, the language of politics and the terms and phrases we hear on a daily basis. Broadcast Committee member Jared Rizzi, the White House correspondent for SiriusXM Satellite Radio, interviews Chuck McCutcheon, a co-author of "Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech." They discuss who uses what terms against whom, and some surprising examples of their use.

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