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.
May 24, 2017
The ins and outs of the Trump presidency are dominating the headlines, not just in the United States but all around the world, even as far as New Zealand. Here, Karl du Fresne, former editor of New Zealand’s daily The Dominion, tells NPC Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Leone Lakhani why New Zealanders are captivated by U.S. politics. As the author of A Road Tour of American Song Titles, du Fresne also shares his unique perspective on America’s heartland.
May 8, 2017
There is seldom a day that Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan is not in the headlines. But how do journalists in these conflict areas cover the stories on the ground? What are the risks they undertake? Nagieb Khaja, a Danish journalist and filmmaker, has traveled to countless war-torn areas and endured kidnappings, arrests and other hardships, to share his stories with the world.
In this interview with NPC Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Leone Lakhani, Nagieb talks about his harrowing experiences, what drives him, and why he perseveres, against all odds, to tell his stories.
May 1, 2017
This edition of Update-1 takes note of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, an observance created by the United Nations to remind member governments that freedom of expression is promised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Kathy Kiely, who holds the press freedom fellowship of the Journalism Insitute at the National Press Club and is a 40-year veteran reporter and editor, discusses the threats to Press Freedom with broadcast journalist Irv Chapman.
March 26, 2017
It's considered the biggest snafu in Academy Award show history - a wrong envelope resulting in the wrong film being named "Best Picture" during this year's Oscars telecast. Vanity Fair Hollywood correspondent Rebecca Keegan talks to NPC Broadcast/Podcast Committee Member Veronica Vaquer about what it was like to cover the unfolding story backstage. This was Keegan's 11th time covering the Oscars. She also discusses the reality of doing A-List celebrity profiles and what it's like to co-write a book with iconic film director, comedian, writer, and actor Mel Brooks.
March 15, 2017
Two months into the Trump era, much remains unknown about the new administration’s priorities for space and their impact on NASA. However the leadership vacuum at NASA and elsewhere in government stands in stark contrast to the bold plans of private-sector leaders, such as Elon Musk of SpaceX and Jeff Bezos of Blue Origin. Will these entrepreneurs deliver humans to lunar orbit and even Mars in the coming years, or will their ambitious plans fail to achieve escape velocity? And how have technology and politics influenced coverage of the space beat?
February 27, 2017
Storytelling has been around for thousands of years, but it’s a practice that’s now widely used by communities and organizations as a way of initiating change at the international, national, state and local levels. Press Club member Kathy Bonk is the Executive Director of the Communications Consortium Media Center, where she’s directly involved with storytelling. In an interview with Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Mike Hempen, she discusses how and why communities use storytelling to empower their residents.
February 16, 2017
Ron Nessen has seen the relationship between president and press from both sides of the lectern -- in fact, one of his books is titled "It Sure Looks Different from the Inside." As an NBC News Correspondent, Ron covered President Richard Nixon's Vice President Spiro Agnew, who denounced the news media as "nattering nabobs of negativism." He then moved on to cover Gerald Ford when he replaced Agnew, and became White House correspondent when Ford succeeded Nixon. Ford later asked Ron to become his press secretary to deal with controversies such as the Nixon pardon and an economy in recession.
February 8, 2017
We often hear about something becoming so popular is goes "viral." But what does that mean and why does it happen? National Press Club member Matthew Ballard discusses this topic with Derek Thompson, senior editor at The Atlantic who writes about economics and media. They discuss the science behind why some songs, books or movies become very popular and why certain headlines get more attention than others. They also talk about Thompson's new book, “Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction.”
February 1, 2017
What will the Trump Administration mean for press freedom? And will the media cover the White House differently with Donald Trump as president? Former National Press Club President Angela Greiling Keane, the deputy technology editor for Politico Pro and a former White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, discusses what she describes as the "unprecedented" relationship the press has with the Trump Administration.
January 26, 2017
Questions help all of us communicate and for journalists they are a way of getting the information needed to report the news. But how many of us know how to ask the right questions, whether on the job or in our daily lives? In this episode of Update-1, Bankrate.com Washington Bureau Chief and former National Press Club President Mark Hamrick (@Hamrickisms) interviews Emmy Award-winning journalist Frank Sesno about the value of questions.