National Press Club

Kicking Off 2013 With a Membership Push

Angela Greiling Keane | February 5, 2013

Greetings Press Club members,

I'm pleased to report that 2013 is off to a great start at the National Press Club. We're financially sound and our rooms are full of activity. I hope you're enjoying your Club membership so far this year.

Both the Book and Author and Newsmakers Committees have been busy hosting events where news is made at the NPC. The Events Committee has some great events planned to both make the Club a fun place to be in the evening as well as to highlight the role of women in journalism today and historically here.

This year, I'm asking all members what they can do for the Club. There are lots of great ideas for what the Club can do, and the way to see those ideas into action is for each and every one of us to pitch in and make them happen. The Club is what we make it.

To that end, I'd like you as a member to think about what you can do this year for the NPC. There are so many ways to be a part of the Club that I can't and won't try to enumerate them here.

What I will highlight is membership. It's no secret that the journalism industry has gone through epic changes in the past decade and that those changes have reduced our membership numbers. We can't and don't depend on employers to sign up members anymore, but we have another powerful tool for recruitment. That's you.

We have a space on our membership applications asking prospective members how they heard about the Club. The most common answer is some variation on: Member X invited me. And many people don't realize they can become members or think of joining until they're asked.

To that end, I'm issuing a challenge for every Club leader to bring in at least one new member in 2013. I would love for that challenge to include ALL club members. At the end of the year, I'll recognize the top recruiters.

I'd love to hear from you this year with your ideas on membership and other things important to the Club. You can reach me at president@press.org. You can also follow me on Twitter at @NPCPresident.

Angela Greiling Keane