National Press Club

Club works to become a home for freelancers

March 27, 2013 | By Justin Duckham |

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 |

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 |

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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First Wednesday jazz nights in the Fourth Estate debut April 3

March 26, 2013 | By Susan Delbert |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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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