National Press Club

Happy 105th birthday, National Press Club!

March 11, 2013 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

This Week in National Press Club History

March 12, 1908: The National Press Club is born at a meeting of 32 enthusiastic newspapermen -- earning in those days, perhaps, $15 or $18 a week -- in a room lent by the Washington Chamber of Commerce in the Brentano Building at 12th and F streets, N.W.

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NPC journalism contest to honor best critical coverage of the news industry

March 6, 2013 | By Will Lester |

As part of its annual journalism contest, the National Press Club will recognize the best coverage of the news industry and journalistic practices of last year.

The Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism, named for the former reporter for U.S. News and World Report and award sponsor, rewards the best critical look at the news industry, its practice and its ethics.

Paul Farhi of The Washington Post won the award last year for his examination of some of journalism's shadier practices.

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Wanted: The best political writing and analysis

March 3, 2013 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club, as part of its annual journalism contest, wants to see the best journalism examining politicians, their campaign strategies and their policies.

The top story in the category, which will be picked from coverage of the past year's political campaign season, will win the Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis. The award recognizes the best in political writing, with an emphasis on the best analysis.

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Make your Wednesday TGIW: Dine and listen to live jazz in the Fourth Estate

March 2, 2013 | By Susan Delbert | sd

Only two days to wait! On Wednesday, March 6, jazz is coming to the Fourth Estate restaurant.

The restaurant will host its first “Jazz Night” -- to be continued the first Wednesday of every month -- in conjunction with Blues Alley, Georgetown’s home for jazz.

Music will be provided by musician-members of the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra. These musicians and orchestra alumni are graduates of America’s top music conservatories and among the most talented instrumentalists in the Washington area.

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Panel to assess impact of next round of FCC media consolidation rules March 6

March 1, 2013 | By Herb Perone |

The impact of the Federal Communication Commission’s ongoing relaxation of rules on media consolidation, which already has resulted in the closing of many local TV and radio stations and the loss of thousands of journalists’ jobs, will be explored by panelists at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference on Wednesday, March 6.

The timely discussion, scheduled for 10 p.m. in the Murrow Room, comes amid expectations that the FCC will launch another round of media consolidation rulemaking in the next few weeks.

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Consumer Electronics Assn. head to discuss book on most innovative companies, April 3

February 28, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

For 30 years, Gary Shapiro has observed the world's most innovative businesses from his front-row seat as leader of the Consumer Electronics Association. Now, in a new book, he reveals the 10 secrets of companies like Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and many others.

Shapiro will discuss the book, "Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses" at 6:30 p.m. on April 3 in the Bloomberg Room.

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Club's journalism contest seeks top stories on problems facing seniors

February 28, 2013 | By Will Lester |

For journalists who write about problems facing seniors, the National Press Club has a competition to honor the best work.

The Joseph D. Ryle Award for Excellence in Writing on the Problems of Geriatrics -- part of the Club's annual journalism contest -- honors excellence and objectivity in coverage of the problems faced by the elderly. It is named in honor of Joseph D. Ryle, a longtime NPC member who left an endowment for the award.

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White House drug czar to address drug policy reform, federal response to nation's drug problem at April 17 luncheon

February 27, 2013 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Gil Kerlikowske, director of National Drug Control Policy and President Obama's top advisor on drug policy, will address drug policy reform and the Obama administration's response to substance use at a National Press Club luncheon April 17.

Last November, voters in Colorado and Washington passed initiatives legalizing the recreational use and sale of marijuana. Kerlikowske, who previously served as Seattle’s police chief, has decried both the “war on drugs” and legalization approaches to drug policy.

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Jazz is coming to the Fourth Estate, starting March 6

February 27, 2013 | By Susan Delbert |

Besides the usual fabulous food, you'll soon have another reason to dine at the Club's Fourth Estate restaurant.

Beginning Wednesday, March 6, jazz is coming.

It will be the first in the continuing "Jazz Night" that the restaurant will host, in conjunction with Blues Alley, Georgetown’s iconic home for jazz, on the first Wednesday of every month

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Author to discuss his book on integrated baseball team -- before Jackie Robinson -- on April 4

February 27, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Author Tom Dunkel will discuss his new book "Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball's Color Line" on Thursday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Rooms. A book signing will follow the discussion.

Registration is required by clicking here. Tickets are free for Nationl Press Club members and $5 for the general public. The author will only sign books purchased through the Club

The event is a fundraiser for the National Press Club Journalism Institute.

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