NPC Coronavirus Information
Message from National Press Club President Michael Freedman
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Fellow National Press Club Members,
First, to our colleagues on the front lines covering the global coronavirus crisis: thank you for your courage, your perseverance and your dedication to the pursuit of truth, as well as your efforts to inform with accuracy, immediacy and clarity at this unprecedented moment in our history. The coronavirus pandemic stands as Exhibit A in reminding the world "why journalism matters.”
Second, as many of you know, in order to best protect the health and safety of our members, staff and guests, we suspended in-person services at the National Press Club on the evening of March 16, for a minimum 14-day period.
In alignment with new restrictions imposed by the DC government, as well as the recommendations of medical experts, our Board of Governors has voted unanimously to extend the suspension of in-person services through at least April 27. During this time, the Club will continue to pay staff, many of whom are teleworking, and we will continue to monitor and assess the situation in order to plan our path forward.
During this period, our National Press Club Journalism Institute (NPCJI) is proactively serving our global community with coronavirus-reporting support including:
The opening of the Library on the instant messaging platform Slack, thus enabling members to submit research requests and access databases and directories remotely. Email [email protected] to join us there.
For further information on these and other NPCJI initiatives visit: https://www.pressclubinstitute.org/covering-coronavirus/
The Club continues to utilize its website (www.press.org) and social media channels to convey important information and help members remain engaged.
Finally, we are proud to share this story, written by former NPC President Gil Klein, on how our Club is helping some of our senior members personally and those in need throughout the D.C. community during this global crisis.
We know this is a profoundly challenging time both personally and professionally for our members and their loved ones. If we can be of specific help to you, please let us know by contacting: [email protected]
Be well, be safe and thank you, again, for your support of journalism and the National Press Club.
National Press Club
Update for Business Clients
In alignment with new restrictions imposed by the Washington, D.C. government, as well as the recommendations of medical experts and as a result of mass cancellation of previously confirmed events, the National Press Club is extending the suspension of its event operations through at least April 27, 2020.
Our staff will continue working remotely to assist clients with details of past and future bookings via email and phone. Clients should see little impact on how they are able to work with Press Club staff to plan future events. You may continue to contact our team members directly, or via the Event Services section of our website.
During this time, the National Press Club continues to offer our multimedia production studio/services to assist companies and organizations with “virtual” events like webcasts, video conferencing and other programming to help them reach audiences online that they would normally do via a live event (educational seminars, media briefings, interviews, panel discussions, etc.). To learn more about the benefits and options for conducting a virtual event, please visit our Live, Virtual & Hybrid Events web page or contact our Events Team at 202-662-7587 or [email protected].
Additionally, through the National Press Club’s preferred partnership with global news distribution service PR Newswire (www.prnewswire.com), we can help you communicate timely news and information to the media and online communities about your organization’s activities. For details and options, please contact our Events Team.
Please know we stand ready to help you in every way we can. Our current plan to resume full live event operations by April 28, 2020, though we will continue to monitor the situation and reassess this plan as necessary and appropriate. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through these unusual circumstances, and we look forward to working with you again soon.