National Press Club

First Wednesday jazz nights in the Fourth Estate debut April 3

March 26, 2013 | By Susan Delbert | sdelbert@press.org

Jazz is coming to the Fourth Estate restaurant Wednesday, April 3, 2013. The restaurant will host a “Jazz Night” with Blues Alley, Georgetown’s home for jazz, the first Wednesday of every month.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month in Washington, D.C., and the Fourth Estate will join the celebration with playing by members of the renowned Blues Alley Youth Orchestra.

The orchestra will play background music for dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will be available to answer questions afterwards.

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Deadline for NPC journalism contest April 1

March 25, 2013 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

The National Press Club journalism contest offers a wide variety of competitions in categories ranging from analytical newsletter writing to humor writing to coverage of the aerospace and the airline industry. The contest, which has a deadline of April 1, even has a competition for the best young political writing.

Some details on those awards:

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Top editors to describe Washington Post's digital future April 1

March 24, 2013 | By Gilbert Klein | gilbert.klein@me.com

Seats are going fast for a landmark "Kalb Report" Monday, April 1, when top Washington Post editors will join host Marvin Kalb to explain what newspapers must do to survive in the digital age. Executive Editor Martin Baron and Managing Editor Kevin Merida will discuss how America's great newspapers can win the battle for the soul of journalism in an era of lightning speed, loose standards and massive competition. The program begins promptly at 8:00 p.m. in the ballroom, so please arrive early. Admission is free but seating is limited.

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NPC's American Legion Post 20 organizes speech contest on U.S. Constitution

March 24, 2013 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

Stephen D. Morris, a senior at Gonzaga College High School, won a $1,500 scholarship from the American Legion in an speech contest sponsored by the National Press Club's American Legion Post 20. The March 23 contest, held at Catholic University, was organized by Post 20 member Jonathan Buth. NPC members assisted in the judging. Morris will represent D.C. next month in Indianapolis, competing for scholarships worth up to $18,000. Contestants speak on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution.

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NPC to partner with Politics and Prose on Nov. 19 Book Fair

March 24, 2013 | By Julie Schoo | jschoo@press.org

The National Press Club will partner with Washington’s largest independent bookstore, Politics and Prose, on the 36th annual Book Fair and Authors’ Night, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.

“Politics and Prose offers an invaluable connection to the community of authors and book-buyers, and the Club is fortunate to have as its partner an institution held is such high esteem,” said NPC president Angela Greiling Keane.

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Learn Tumblr Wednesday, April 3

March 24, 2013 | By Julie Schoo | jschoo@press.org

An Introduction to Tumblr class will be offered Wednesday, April 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Tumblr is a blogging platform that lets you quickly and easily post everything from photos to text to video. Come learn about its applications and create your own Tumblr site.

The class if free for NPC members, $15 for non-members. Register here.

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Fewer than 20 seats remain for April 9 Mayo Clinic CEO luncheon

March 22, 2013 | By Matt Mlynarczyk | matt@advocatusgroup.com

Mayo Clinic President and chief executive Dr. John H. Noseworthy will discuss how to create higher quality, patient-centered care at lower costs at a National Press Club luncheon on Tuesday, April 9.

Fewer than 20 seats remain.

The luncheon begins promptly at 12:30 p.m. Remarks will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m. Luncheon tickets cost $21 for Club members and up to one guest; $35 for general admission and $20 for students.

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Bib up! Lobster Night returns March 27

March 22, 2013 | By Susan Delbert | sdelbert@press.org

Celebrate Cherry Blossoms and all the rites of spring at Lobster Night from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at The Fourth Estate restaurant.

The menu will feature steamed 1 ¼ pound Maine Lobsters with coleslaw (or salad) and choice of French Fries or oven-crisped new potatoes.

The cost is $25 for Club members and $30 for non-members. Reservations are requested 24 hours in advance to assure a lobster; phone: 202-662-7638. A very limited number of lobsters will be available for those without a reservation.

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BET founder Bob Johnson to speak at luncheon March 26

March 21, 2013 | By Nyree Wright | nyree.wright@mslgroup.com

BET Founder Bob Johnson, named by USA Today as one of the 25 most influential business leaders of the past 25 years, will address members and guests at a National Press Club luncheon on Tuesday, March 26.

After leaving BET (Black Entertainment Television) as president, Johnson founded RLJ Companies, an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a diverse portfolio of companies.

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AP solo video journalist to offer writing tips, 9 am March 22

March 21, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman | nhoffman@press.org

Lee Powell, AP broadcast reporter and producer, will give practical writing tips from a reporter-turned-video journalist at 9 a.m. March 22 in the Bloomberg Room.

Registration is required here for the one-hour session. Club members can attend at no charge; non-members pay $10.

Gone are the days when newspaper reporters only typed out words on a page. Or television stations rolled with a "crew." Doing news today means doing it all.

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