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National Press Club wants to see your best journalism about animals and their welfare

February 27, 2019 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

Time to prepare your entries for the Ann Cottrell Free Animal Reporting Award, which honors the best journalism on animals and their welfare each year.

The award is given as part of the National Press Club journalism contest.

The prize is given for the best coverage in 2018 that educates the public about threats facing animals. The award was established by the family of journalist and longtime Club member Ann Cottrell Free, who wrote extensively about animals and their welfare.

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National Press Club to recognize the best newsletter journalism from 2018

February 25, 2019 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

Some of the most important coverage of specific news topics comes from newsletter journalism. The National Press Club wants to honor the best reporting published in newsletters in 2018.

The winning entry receives a $750 prize.

The deadline is April 15.

The entries can be submitted online or by the more traditional method of mailing them in. The winner is expected to be honored at a dinner at the Club this summer. Members can enter for free and nonmembers pay $60 per entry.

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NPC in History: John and Yoko

February 24, 2019 | By Gilbert Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

It’s a story of sex, drugs and rock and roll; a child-custody battle and anti-war protests; political chicanery, immigration law and artistic freedom.

It’s the story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and for at least one morning, it happened at the National Press Club.

John Lennon, a member of the Beatles, married performance-artist Yoko Ono in 1969. For decades, until fellow-Beatle Paul McCartney denied it, many people believed that the marriage helped break up the Beatles. The couple were an international sensation.

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

February 21, 2019 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

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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A chance to honor the best, most creative online journalism

February 21, 2019 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

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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NPC in History: The Greatest

February 19, 2019 | By Gilbert Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

“The Mouth that Roared”

"The Louisville Lip”

“The greatest athlete of all time.” Whatever anyone thinks about Muhammad Ali, he knew how to capture a crowd.

He appeared at the National Press Club on Aug. 27, 1976, with boxer Ken Norton one month before their heavyweight championship bout at Yankee Stadium. At the head table were boxer Joe Frazier, comedian Dick Gregory and boxing promoter Don King.

Trying to keep control of the luncheon was Club Vice President Robert Farrell of McGraw Hill.

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

February 19, 2019 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

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 | wjlester@aol.com

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 | wjlester@aol.com

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 | justinjduckham@gmail.com

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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