National Press Club

Headliner event plans tribute to Ella Fitzgerald on April 27

April 23, 2017

The National Press Club plans to host Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Patti Austin at a special Headliner event in the Club’s Fourth Estate Restaurant on Thursday, April 27 at 5 p.m.

The event is free but reservations are encouraged by clicking here.

Austin, who has won acclaim for her interpretation of the music of Ella Fitzgerald, plans to discuss the importance of jazz to American culture and diplomacy, and perform some of Fitzgerald’s music at the event.

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Member of British parliament to discuss Syria at May 9 Newsmaker

April 23, 2017 | By Mark Krikorian |

Lady Caroline Cox, the Baroness Cox of Queensbury and a senior member of the United Kingdom’s House of Lords, plans to discuss her efforts to bring humanitarian relief to Syria at a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference on Tuesday, May 9, at 10 a.m. in the Club's Bloomberg Room.

This news conference is open to credentialed media and Club members, free of charge.

Baroness Cox was recently in Aleppo, Syria, meeting with aid organizations and political groups while the city was being bombed. During her time in Syria, she met with civilians who had been attacked.

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Snippet #24: World War ll canteen

April 23, 2017 | By Elizabeth Brownstein |

Snippet #24: "World War Two Canteen: The National Press Club was transformed into an Allied military canteen on Saturdays during World War Two. Huge throngs of servicemen soaked up free beer and hot dogs, served by senators, Cabinet members and Pentagon brass, along with the occasional movie star. One Saturday the entire Supreme Court turned out. Vice President-elect Harry Truman was famously photographed in 1945 playing the canteen's upright piano with starlet Lauren Bacall perched above him. It happened at the National Press Club--where news is made in the nation's capital."

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‘House of Cards’ screenwriter, others plan NPC Book Rap, May 1

April 20, 2017 | By Aprill Turner |

An executive producer and screenwriter for the Netflix series ‘House of Cards’, John Mankiewicz, plans to join Laura Caldwell and Jerry Miller at a National Press Club Book Rap on Monday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Club’s conference rooms to discuss Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted.

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NPC cybersecurity class on April 29: Protect yourself and your sources

April 20, 2017 | By Ferdous Al-Faruque |

National Press Club members are invited to receive hands-on training and best practices tips for using cyber security tools in their reporting at a half-day bootcamp on Saturday, April 29, in the Bloomberg Room.

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NPC Toastmasters meets Monday, April 24, in the McClendon Lounge at 7 pm

April 20, 2017 | By Leslie Kingsley |

What would you say if someone asked you to explain why your car had a bumper sticker that read “Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and the blind can see?”

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A snippet of Press Club history: First gathering of newly-announced Pulitzer winners

April 18, 2017 | By Elizabeth Brownstein |

Snippet #23: "Pulitzer Luncheon: The year was 1979 and virtually all the newly announced winners of the annual Pulitzer Prizes for journalism gathered for an unprecedented luncheon at the National Press Club. At that time, there was no formal prize presentation ceremony in New York, so the Washington event marked the first time they all had been assembled--or saluted by their peers.

The National Press Club--where news (some of it prize-worthy) is made in the nation's capital."

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Half-day symposium on press freedom, April 19 at 9 a.m.

April 17, 2017 | By Julie Schoo |

The challenges to journalists are coming fast and furious: Access denied, outright falsehoods, alternative facts and sources afraid to talk.

The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the Club’s professional training affiliate, will join forces with another non-profit dedicated to journalism education, the National Press Foundation, to host a half-day symposium on Wednesday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Club’s Murrow Room.

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POSTPONED: NPC Luncheon with General Dunford; new date TBD

April 17, 2017 | By Lindsay Underwood |

Due to a last minute scheduling conflict, the NPC Luncheon with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford, originally scheduled for Friday, April 21, has been postponed.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and will be sure to let you know when a new date for this event has been selected.

Lindsay Underwood
Member Engagement Manager
The National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045

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Test your speaking mettle with NPC Toastmasters, Monday, April 24 at 7pm

April 17, 2017 | By Leslie Kingsley |

Do you enjoy the challenge of speaking off-the-cuff? At the last Toastmasters meeting we had a great time doing just that during the very popular Table Topics session. Participants had to explain in one to two minutes why their car sported a particular bumper sticker. These different bumper stickers included:

· Be the reason someone smiles today

· Life begins at the end of your comfort zone

· Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and the blind can see

· The best things in life aren't things

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