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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 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

  • The Latest In Multimedia Journalism
    The Latest In Multimedia Journalism

    October 1, 2015

    Many major news organizations are trying to increase, and in some case improve, their multimedia journalism ventures. This edition of Update-1 features the panel discussion held recently at the Press Club in which representatives from Reuters, McClatchy and al Jazeera discussed their latest multimedia efforts. Reuters executive digital editor Dan Colarusso (left) talks about Reuters TV,
    McClatchy national video editor Jon Forsythe (center) explains the company's digital video network, and Al Jazeera engagement producer Carmel Delshad (right) discusses AJ+.

    Listen Now | 12 Minutes

  • What Do Fashion Reporting And Political Journalism Have In Common? More Than You Think
    What Do Fashion Reporting And Political Journalism Have In Common? More Than You Think

    September 17, 2015

    In this edition of Update One, hosted by Broadcast Committee member Jennifer Strong, we explore the glamorous world of fashion reporting. As New York City wraps up Fashion Week, we meet two journalists helping shape the future of this beat. After 35 years of reporting for NPR News, Jacki Lyden's latest project is a podcast about the art, culture and business of fashion. We also meet up with Culture Critic Cintra Wilson. She has been called a modern day Dorothy Parker, and one of the most influential women in New York fashion.

    Listen Now | 16 Minutes

  • Policy Makers Using Solution-Based Journalism To Effect Change
    Policy Makers Using Solution-Based Journalism To Effect Change

    September 8, 2015

    In this episode of Update-1, NPC member Shannon Fisher interviews award-winning journalist Daniel Heimpel about solution-based journalism. Heimpel created the Journalism for Social Change program at the University of California, Berkeley, which is a unique collaboration between UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, School of Social Welfare, and Goldman School of Public Policy. This interdisciplinary program has grown so popular that it is frequently offered as a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), free to the public via EdX.

    Listen Now | 15 Minutes

  • Cecil The Lion's Death Triggers Debate Over Trophy Hunting
    Cecil The Lion's Death Triggers Debate Over Trophy Hunting

    August 26, 2015

    The killing of Cecil the lion, Zimbabwe's best known lion who was a major attraction in the park where he lived, generated international media attention and triggered global outrage among animal conservationists, politicians and celebrities. In the latest Update-1, Broadcast Committee member Irv Chapman talks to Chris Palmer, a professor, speaker, author and environmental/wildlife film producer, about Cecil's death. Palmer discusses the social media coverage of this story and why he thinks trophy hunting should be banned.

    Listen Now | 14 Minutes