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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.

  • Social Media Series Part 5 -- Why Some Companies Have Failed
    Social Media Series Part 5 -- Why Some Companies Have Failed

    February 3, 2016

    In the fifth and final Update-1 podcast on social media, we examine why some companies haven't been as successful as they had hoped. Broadcast Committee member Jennifer Strong interviews former New York Times reporter and Columbia University social media professor Sree Sreenivasan about opportunities news organizations are missing to maximize the benefits of social media. Later in the podcast she talks with Huffington Post Senior Technology Editor Alexander Howard about the new redesign for the Google Plus site and its future.

    Listen Now | 16 Minutes

  • Social Media Series Part 4 -- The Role Of Social Media In Journalism
    Social Media Series Part 4 -- The Role Of Social Media In Journalism

    January 27, 2016

    The Associate Director of Research at the Pew Research Center, Jesse Holcomb, returns to Update-1 to speak with Broadcast Committee member Shannon Fisher in part 4 of the National Press Club’s series on Social Media. The two discuss the role of social media in journalism, exploring the findings of Pew’s State of the News Media and Social Networking reports.

    Listen Now | 13 Minutes

  • Social Media Series Part 3 -- The Use Of Images
    Social Media Series Part 3 -- The Use Of Images

    January 20, 2016

    In part 3 of the National Press Club’s series on social media, NPC member Shannon Fisher leads us through a roundtable discussion of the use of images in social media. Her guests are Director of Media Entrepreneurship at American University Amy Eisman, Managing Editor of American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop Lynne Perri, and American University Professor of Communication Scott R. Talan, who specializes in public and strategic communication.

    Listen Now | 16 Minutes

  • Social Media Series Part 2 -- The Business Of Social Media
    Social Media Series Part 2 -- The Business Of Social Media

    January 13, 2016

    Update-1 examines the business side of social media and how it applies to journalism in part 2 of a five-part series on social media. Broadcast Committee member Jennifer Strong interviews Scott Talan, an American University social media professor, and Robinson Meyer, an associate editor who covers technology at The Atlantic.

    Listen Now | 15 Minutes

  • Social Media Series Part 1 -- The Increasing Need For Digital Platforms in Journalism
    Social Media Series Part 1 -- The Increasing Need For Digital Platforms in Journalism

    January 6, 2016

    Update-1 begins 2016 by focusing on social media. In the first of a five-part series, National Press Club Board of Governors member Molly McCluskey discusses the role of digital platforms in journalism with another NPC board member, Evan McMorris-Santoro, the White House reporter for BuzzFeed News. They talk about BuzzFeed's progression as a journalistic entity, the diversity of news coverage that BuzzFeed and other news organizations provide, and the need for quality journalism regardless which social media platform is used for distribution.

    Listen Now | 13 Minutes

  • Washington Press Corps Becoming More Digital And Specialized
    Washington Press Corps Becoming More Digital And Specialized

    December 4, 2015

    NPC member Shannon Fisher interviews the Pew Research Center's Associate Research Director Jesse Holcomb about Pew's just-released report detailing the changing composition of the Washington Press Corps and the source of D.C.-based information that ultimately reaches local newspapers. The report, titled "Today’s Washington Press Corps More Digital, Specialized," describes the changing landscape of journalists in Washington, with niche publications now outnumbering both daily newspapers and wire services.

    Listen Now | 14 Minutes

  • Trying to Reverse Sexism In The World Of Science Journalism
    Trying to Reverse Sexism In The World Of Science Journalism

    November 5, 2015

    Sexism is a major concern among science journalists. In this edition of Update-1, Broadcast Committee member Candace Smith interviews Deborah Blum, the director of the Knight Science Journalism program at MIT, about gender bias and the challenges facing science writers who are women. Blum points out that although the majority of science journalists are women, the majority of the published articles are written by men and the majority of writers who are recognized for their work are men.

    Listen Now | 13 Minutes

  • Exploring The Growing Popularity Of Fair Trade Products
    Exploring The Growing Popularity Of Fair Trade Products

    October 26, 2015

    In this episode of Update-1, NPC member Shannon Fisher explores fair trade, a manufacturing and distribution process that closely monitors imported products and ingredients from farms to store shelves, with an emphasis on global human rights. Shannon interviews Rodney North, director of Marketing and External Relations for Fairtrade America, which is the foremost domestic certifier of fair trade products. They discuss the certification process and the reasons for the growing popularity of fair trade products.

    Listen Now | 16 Minutes

  • CSPAN Founder Discusses The Broadcasting History That Was Made 35 Years Ago At The NPC
    CSPAN Founder Discusses The Broadcasting History That Was Made 35 Years Ago At The NPC

    October 15, 2015

    It was October, 1980 when CSPAN founder Brian Lamb, who was working out of the Press Club's first broadcast studio, took a call on the air from a viewer in Yankton, SD. That was the beginning of the first national regularly scheduled call in show in television broadcasting history. In this edition of Update-1, Lamb talks about that event and CSPAN's involvement with the Press Club over the years with former NPC President Mark Hamrick, now the chairman of the Broadcast Committee. Lamb also talks about how the common practice of cord cutting has had only a minimal impact on CSPAN.

    Listen Now | 17 Minutes

  • Veteran Network Radio Reporter Talks About His New Book Highlighting A 40-Year Career
    Veteran Network Radio Reporter Talks About His New Book Highlighting A 40-Year Career

    October 12, 2015

    In this edition of Update-1, Broadcast Committee member Camille Bohannon talks with award-winning network radio news correspondent Bob Fuss. The 40-year radio veteran, now retired, has written a book called “Kidnapped by Nuns.’’ Born with birth defects and using crutches all his life, he nevertheless covered all manner of news stories for UPI, NBC and Mutual Radio and spent many years as CBS’s Capitol Hill correspondent. Fuss also climbed mountains, skied and ran rapids leading to humorous and dangerous adventures. He covered sensational trials and he interviewed celebrities.

    Listen Now | 13 Minutes