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National Press Club Journalism Contest goes online

February 5, 2014 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

The National Press Club wants to see examples of the best journalism from 2013 in its annual Journalism Contest, and, for the first time, will allow contestants to send their entries in online.

The contest will award prizes in several photo categories, in breaking news competition for print/online and for broadcast, and in many other categories.

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House Armed Services Committee chairman to speak at luncheon Feb. 24

February 5, 2014 | By Patrick Host | patrick.host@gmail.com

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) will discuss President Obama's Afghanistan withdrawal plans at a National Press Club luncheon on Monday, Feb. 24.

The chairmanship of the House Armed Services Committee, which provides authorization and oversight of the Defense Department and its nearly $500 billion budget, is considered one of Congress' most important positions. A staunch advocate of robust defense spending, McKeon announced in January he would not seek reelection in 2014 after 21 years on Capitol Hill.

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Kalb Report to host NY Times columnist Tom Friedman Feb. 10

February 4, 2014 | By Gilbert Klein | gilbert.klein@me.com

New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman will join host Marvin Kalb Monday, Feb. 10, to talk about the intersection of national security and personal freedom. With the fallout from Edward Snowden’s massive leaks about NSA surveillance reverberating around the world, the appearance of the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner comes at a critical moment.

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America's youth feel record misery; get details at Newsmaker Feb. 13

February 4, 2014 | By Herb Perone | herb@peronecomm.com

The misery of American youth, calculated by Young America's Foundation (YAF) to be at an all-time high, will be the topic of a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference Thursday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. in the Club’s Bloomberg Room.

Ashley Pratte, a spokesperson for YAF, will discuss findings of the foundation’s Youth Misery Index, which has reached a record high of 98.6. She will describe the hardships that young people are experiencing, shown by the index, and the resulting implications for the 2014 elections.

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This Week in National Press Club History: Anwar Sadat talks Israeli peace

February 4, 2014 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein | eksmithb@verizon.net

FEB. 6, 1978: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat outlines his negotiating positions about normalization of relations with Israel and the status of the Palestinian territories at a Club Luncheon shortly after peace talks at Camp David with President Jimmy Carter. King Hussein of Jordan, prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, have also spoken at Club Luncheons about long-standing crises in the Middle East.

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Returning to Club March 28: Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys

February 3, 2014 | By Allyson Cannon | acannon@press.org

Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys, who have been wowing audiences for more than 40 years with bluegrass, old-time mountain music, will return to the National Press Club for a 50th anniversary show on Friday, March 28.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with show time at 7:30 p.m. To order tickets, click here.

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Latest NPC podcast features Pete Seeger’s 1998 Luncheon appearance

February 3, 2014 | By Mike Hempen | mhempen204@comcast.net

In the latest edition of “Update-1,” the National Press Club podcast, former Club President Doug Harbrecht remembers the NPC Luncheon he hosted Feb. 10, 1998, featuring music legend Pete Seeger.

Harbrecht, who was president at the time, introduced Seeger. During the Luncheon, the folk music/activist icon, who died at age 94 on Jan. 17, spoke about why he felt America needed small organizations of committed citizens to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. He also performed several songs.

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Andrea McCarren to teach online, on-camera skills at advanced media training class Feb. 8

February 2, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman | nhoffman@press.org

National Press Club member Andrea McCarren, a veteran multimedia journalist and 15-time Emmy Award-winner, will offer an advanced media training class in the NPC Broadcast Center on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m.-noon. The hands-on workshop is for anyone who wants to improve his or her presentation skills on-camera or online.

Through practice interviews, you’ll learn:

- How to craft and deliver meaningful soundbites

- How to be more comfortable and confident on-camera

- What to wear and what not to wear

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Don't tarry to order tickets for Diana Gabaldon Book Rap; they're going fast

February 1, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman | nhoffman@press.org

The National Press Club Book Rap with popular author Diana Gabaldon, scheduled for Wednesday, June 18, may be several months off away, but you need to act fast to ensure you'll get a ticket. Fewer than 100 remain, and they're selling fast.

Gabaldon, author of the top-selling Outlander series of novels, plans to discuss the next book in the series, "Written in My Own Heart’s Blood," on June 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ballroom. A book signing will follow the discussion.

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Fourth Estate misses Groundhog Day, but will offer 'Jazz Night' celebration Feb. 5

January 30, 2014 | By Susan Delbert | sdelbert@press.org

Much as the Fourth Estate restaurant would love to celebrate Groundhog Day, the informal Feb. 2 holiday unfortunately falls on a Sunday this year. Instead, the restaurant will celebrate jazz -- with its usual, first-Wednesday-of-every-month "Jazz Night" next Wednesday, Feb. 5.

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