National Press Club

Author of book on Virginia Tech massacre, survivor, plan to appear at Book Rap, April 4

February 22, 2019 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Award-winning journalist Thomas Kapsidelis and Virginia Tech massacre survivor Kristina Anderson will explore the experiences of survivors in the decade following the deadliest mass shooting on a college campus at a National Press Club Headliners book event on Thursday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the conference rooms.

The event marks the debut of "After Virginia Tech: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings," a book by Kapsidelis that chronicles the aftermath of the April 16, 2007, rampage by a lone gunman that killed 32 Virginia Tech students and professors.

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Press Club looking for the best political writing, analysis from 2018

February 21, 2019 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club wants to see the best political reporting and writing from 2018 for the annual journalism contest. The best work will be recognized with the Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis.

This award is named in memory of Lee Walczak, a Washington editor, bureau chief and White House correspondent who worked for Bloomberg News and Business Week.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post editor Maraniss plans to discuss book, May 17

February 21, 2019 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Journalist David Maraniss, whose coverage of Bill Clinton as a presidential candidate earned a Pulitzer Prize, will discuss his latest book, “A Good American Family,” at a National Press Club Headliners breakfast on May 17.

Maraniss, an associate editor at The Washington Post, has written 11 books, including biographies of Barak Obama, Vince Lombardi, Al Gore and Roberto Clemente. In his twelfth book, he turns his journalist’s eye on his own family.

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A chance to honor the best, most creative online journalism

February 21, 2019 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club wants those who have done the most innovative online journalism in 2018 to enter their work in the competition for the Joan M. Friedenberg Online Journalism Award.

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Experts plan to review 2018 hurricane season, look ahead to 2019 season, March 5

February 19, 2019 | By Lindsay Underwood |

With another hurricane season in the books, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hurricane-forecasting expert Dr. Gerry Bell and MIT disaster-resilience expert Jeremy Gregory plan to discuss the impact of the 2018 storms and how to prepare for the 2019 season at a National Press Club Newsmakers press conference at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5, in the Bloomberg Room.

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Top journalism on aviation, aerospace, defense eligible for Michael A. Dornheim award

February 19, 2019 | By Will Lester |

Those who report and write about aviation, aerospace and defense are encouraged to enter their best work from 2018 in the National Press Club’s annual journalism contest.

The Michael A. Dornheim Award is presented in honor of the late Michael Dornheim, a longtime reporter and editor at Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine. The recipient must be a working journalist writing about aerospace, defense, the airline industry, or aerospace science and engineering. The winner gets a $1,000 prize.

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Journalism contest seeks best coverage of foreign affairs from 2018

February 14, 2019 | By Will Lester |

The best journalism about foreign affairs in 2018 should be entered in the National Press Club’s annual journalism contest. The winners in both print/online and broadcast will get the Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence.

The award is named for Hood, a distinguished diplomatic correspondent for The Associated Press and a founding member of the Club. Entrants must demonstrate an understanding of American foreign policy and how foreign affairs affect those policies.

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Journalism contest seeks best breaking news coverage from 2018

February 13, 2019 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club journalism contest needs your entries in the breaking news category, both in print/online and broadcast, by April 15.

Coverage of breaking news requires a combination of skills, judgement and hustle. Entries will be judged for quality of reporting, speed and innovation. Particular attention will be given to reporting in the first 24 hours and the use of a variety of formats to reach news consumers.

Click here for more information and instructions on submitting.

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Panel calls sanctions an effective tool to protect press, but only if actually used

February 12, 2019 | By Justin Duckham |

The assassination of The Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi sparked outrage on Capitol Hill,prompting a bipartisan collection of senators to trigger an investigation under the Global Magnitsky Act, a panel of human rights experts told a National Press Club audience Monday.

The Act is a 2016 law that sets the stage for levying sanctions against individuals responsible for human rights violations.

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Freed hostage Rezaian says return not always easy

February 12, 2019 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Freed Iranian hostage Jason Rezaian of The Washington Post, happily reunited with his wife and thankful for their “wonderful reception,” called their 37 months of freedom “a full ride, sometimes rocky.”

“It’s not been easy,” Rezaian said Monday evening at a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap, which was held to note publication of his book, "Prisoner."

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