National Press Club

Can We Talk? Public Access, Security and Civility in a Hyper-Partisan Age

Can We Talk? Public Access, Security and Civility in a Hyper-Partisan Age

August 4, 2017 9:30 AM

Location: First Amendment Lounge

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National Press Club Journalism Institute Convenes Panel on Access, Security and Civility

Contact: Kathy Kiely, Press Freedom Fellow, National Press Club Institute,

In hopes of de-escalating the increasingly fraught relations between the press and the people they cover, the National Press Club’s nonprofit Journalism Institute on Aug. 4 will convene Can We Talk?, an open meeting for newsmakers, the people who protect them and the people who cover them.

After a year of violent words and sometimes violent acts, we believe the time has come to talk with each other —instead of at each other — about how we can all do a better job for the democracy we serve. We hope this will mark the beginning of a continuing conversation.

We are starting with a focus on Capitol Hill because it is the center of so much that happens in Washington (including press credentialing). One of our goals: To surface some of the themes and issues we hope to explore further in a larger First Amendment Summit later this year with the help of the National Institute of Civil Discourse.

Journalists, newsroom managers, press secretaries, communications directors and security officers are invited to attend and bring their thoughts and questions for what we hope will be a learning experience for everyone involved.

WHAT: Starting the Conversation: A Pre-Summit Meeting
WHERE: First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 4, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
WHY: We like democracy. Let’s figure out how to keep it.
WHO: Confirmed panelists include:

  • Brendan Buck, counselor to House Speaker Paul Ryan
  • Mike McCurry, partner, Public Strategies; professor of public theology, Wesley Theological Seminary; former White House Press Secretary
  • Jennifer Talhelm, communications director, Sen. Tom Udall
  • Carolyn Lukensmeyer, executive director, National Institute of Civil Discourse
  • Don Ritchie, Senate historian emeritus, author of numerous books about American history including three about American journalism: Press Gallery; Reporting from Washington and American Journalists
  • Billy House, congressional reporter, Bloomberg; chair, congressional Standing Committee of Correspondents
  • John M. Donnelly, senior writer, CQ/Roll Call; president of Military Reporters and Editors; chair, National Press Club Press Freedom Team
  • Jeffrey P. Hermes, deputy director, Media Law Resource Center

Kathy Kiely, Press Freedom Fellow, National Press Club Journalism Institute, will moderate.

Free to attend; RSVP tickets required.

For More Information On This Event, Contact:

Crystal White