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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.

  • The White House Press Corps From Both Sides Of The Lectern
    The White House Press Corps From Both Sides Of The Lectern

    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.

    Listen Now | 16 Minutes

  • The Science Behind Going Viral
    The Science Behind Going Viral

    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.”

    Listen Now | 12 Minutes

  • The Press And Its "Unprecedented" Relationship With The Trump Administration
    The Press And Its "Unprecedented" Relationship With The Trump Administration

    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.

    Listen Now | 15 Minutes

  • Journalist And Educator Frank Sesno Discusses The Importance Of Asking The Right Questions
    Journalist And Educator Frank Sesno Discusses The Importance Of Asking The Right Questions

    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.

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  • The Many Benefits Of Joining The National Press Club
    The Many Benefits Of Joining The National Press Club

    December 26, 2016

    The National Press Club offers tons of opportunities for professional development and socializing. With so many ways to take advantage of the Press Club, where should one begin? In this Update-1 podcast, Press Club member Julia Haskins talks to Press Club Board member and Membership Secretary Molly McCluskey about the benefits of joining the organization. Molley shares her insider tips for getting the most out of membership, from connecting with mentors to enjoying free food.

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  • Potential Threats To The Internet's Freedom Of Expression
  • Analyzing Media Coverage Of The 2016 Presidential Campaign
    Analyzing Media Coverage Of The 2016 Presidential Campaign

    December 3, 2016

    This edition of Update-1 focuses on the media's failure to predict one of the biggest upsets in political history: Donald Trump's stunning win over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race. Host Violet Ikonomova talks with Poynter.org Managing Editor Ben Mullin about whether the
    reputation of news organizations has taken a hit and what the media can do to better assess the electorate's political sentiment. They also discuss how the public views the coverage the candidates received throughout the campaign.

    Listen Now | 13 Minutes

  • The Challenges Facing Women Reporters In Science Journalism
    The Challenges Facing Women Reporters In Science Journalism

    November 23, 2016

    Just how bad is gender bias in science journalism? That's one of the topics in this edition of Update-1. Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Candace Smith interviews Laura Helmuth, Health, Science and Environment Editor at The Washington Post, about the challenges facing science writers who are women. Helmuth talks about the efforts under way to level the playing field. She also discusses how the media cover science issues and offers advice to science writers.

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  • Maureen Dowd and The Year of Voting Dangerously
    Maureen Dowd and The Year of Voting Dangerously

    November 8, 2016

    Maureen Dowd is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times and best-selling author of The Year of Voting Dangerously, a book about the 2016 presidential campaign. In this Update-1 podcast, Gallup Managing Editor and NPC Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Art Swift discusses with Dowd several anecdotes in the book, including personal dealings with Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Swift and Dowd explore what may be in store after the election for both Trump and Clinton, along with pondering how we got to this place in politics in 2016.

    Listen Now | 21 Minutes

  • By Targeting Millennials, The Young Turks Dominate Online News
    By Targeting Millennials, The Young Turks Dominate Online News

    October 20, 2016

    Millennials are the first generation of news consumers to receive most of their news content online. As legacy media organizations continue to adjust their platforms to effectively reach millennials, a news organization that solely targets this generation has grown into the largest online news organization in the world. The Young Turks began as the first show on Sirius Satellite Radio in 2002 and now boasts an online news network of more than 30 channels and with more than 4-billion views on YouTube.

    Listen Now | 15 Minutes