National Press Club

International Red Cross leader to update crises in Afghanistan, Syria and Mali April 11

April 4, 2013 | By Herb Perone | herb@peronecomm.com

Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), will update the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, Syria and Mali Thursday, April 11, at 10 a.m. in the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

Armed conflicts in these countries are killing, destroying infrastructure and, in some cases, sending refugees into neighboring countries. Maurer will illustrate some of the key challenges the ICRC faces when responding to acute humanitarian crises amid contemporary armed conflicts.

For more information, contact Keith Hill at khill@bna.com.

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Panel to assess sponsored journalism's implications for journalists May 14

April 4, 2013 | By Molly McClusky | mollyemccluskey@gmail.com

Join the Freelance Committee Tuesday, May 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., for a panel discussion on the role of sponsored and content journalism in a changing industry. A panel will describe how brands are creating their own content and explain opportunities and pitfall for journalists in this field.

Panelists include Mark Hamrick, Peter Beller and John Hazard:

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Napa Valley winemaker to host Chimney Rock wine dinner April 30

April 3, 2013 | By Donna Leinwand Leger | dleinwand@usatoday.com

Chimney Rock winemaker Elizabeth Vianna will guide diners through a tasting of one of Napa’s finest wines at a wine dinner at 6:30 p.m., April 30 at the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate restaurant.

The vineyards of Chimney Rock, situated on the fabled Silverado Trail in Napa Valley’s renowned Stags Leap District, produce wines that compete with the best of Bordeaux and is recognized as one of the world’s premier fine wine producers. Chef Susan Delbert will pair the wines with four luxurious courses.

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NPC Members receive special price for gala luncheon honoring Barbara Walters May 17

April 3, 2013 | By Theresa Werner | theresa_werner@hotmail.com

Broadcast journalist Barbara Walters will receive the American News Women's Club Excellence in Journalism Award for 2013. Walters is being recognized for her lifetime of groundbreaking professional accomplishments. The award will be presented at a gala luncheon at the National Press Club on Friday, May 17, to benefit scholarships for aspiring journalism students.

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Learn how to navigate campaign finance filings April 12

April 1, 2013 | By Julie Schoo | jschoo@press.org

Just before a big week of campaign finance filings at the Federal Election Commission (FEC), a panel of political data experts will offer tips on navigating the records and ideas for stories from them between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Friday, April 12.

Representatives of the FEC, the Center for Responsive Politics, Bloomberg News and the Sunlight Foundation will lead the discussion.

The cost is $5 for Club members, $10 for non-members. Register here.

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This week In National Press Club history

March 31, 2013 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein | eksmithb@verizon.net

April 2, 2012: Jim Lehrer, founder of the PBS Newshour, appears on the 76th Kalb Report at the National Press Club, and insists that the program’s mission is more relevant than ever as the public tries to make sense of a flood of information. “It takes courage to be serious,” he said. Since the day of President Kennedy’s assassination, as a young reporter in Dallas, he revealed, “I have never gone to work unprepared for a calamitous, earth-shaking event."

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Author to discuss foreign correspondents' effect on international relations April 29

March 31, 2013 | By Myron Belkin | myron.belkind@verizon.net

Giovanna Dell'Orto, former AP journalist in Italy and the United States will discuss her new book, "American Journalism and International Relations:Foreign Correspondence from the Early Republic to the Digital Era," at 6 p.m. Monday, April 29, in the Zenger Room.

The event, sponsored by the International Correspondents Committee, is open to the public, but reservations, including professional affiliation, should be made at em>reservations@press.org.

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Club works to become a home for freelancers

March 27, 2013 | By Justin Duckham | justinjduckham@gmail.com

National Press Club members trying to survive in the competitive freelance market may see their lives become a little easier this year.

Amid concerns posed by some members that freelancers aren’t getting enough value out of their membership, the Freelance Committee is taking a series of steps aimed at making the Club more attractive to writers working outside of established media outlets.

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Sponsor of gun tracking legislation to provide 'reality check' April 2

March 27, 2013 | By Herb Perone | herb@peronnecomm.com

Rep. Elijah Cummings,D-Md., will present a National Press Club Newsmaker, “A Reality Check on Congressional Gun Legislation,” at 10 a.m.,Tuesday, April 2.

Cummings, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and former Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is the prime sponsor of bipartisan legislation on gun trafficking legislation, which now has 100 co-sponsors. Cummings will discuss the state of congressional action and substance of the gun trafficking legislation as well as other pending bills.

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Vatican observer to analyze papal choice April 3

March 27, 2013 | By Anthony Gallo | agallo2368@verizon.net

Thomas Reese, a Jesuit priest, will analyze the selection of Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new pontiff at a National Press Club Newsmaker at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 3.

Reese will comment on the ways this papacy may reshape the Catholic Church.

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