National Press Club

How to get on TV? Experts to offer tips tomorrow, 6:30 p.m.

June 2, 2013 | By Julie Schoo |

Television appearances can broaden the reach of a print story and advance the careers of the reporters who wrote them. But what if your publication doesn't have a bevy of publicists to line up such appearances?

It falls to you, and it can be difficult to navigate the new terrain. The National Press Club Journalism Institute's Professional Development Committee is offering a primer on how to do it at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, in the Holeman Lounge.

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Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks, with Paula Zahn, to discuss his new book June 27

June 2, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Media titan John Hendricks, founder and chairman of Discovery Communications, will discuss his new book, "A Curious Discovery: An Entrepreneur's Story," on June 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ballroom. A book signing will follow the discussion.

He will appear in conversation with award-winning journalist Paula Zahn, former CNN anchor who now hosts "On the Case with Paula Zahn, a newsmagazine series on Investigation Discovery Channel, one of Discovery Communications cable TV channels.

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CNN expert to show how to use Instagram as new tool in newsroom June 19

June 1, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

More and more newsrooms are using Instagram, a fast-growing digital photo sharing service, as an innovative reporting tool. But how do you leverage it to find story and visual ideas and for reporting on stories?

Find out how on Wednesday, June 19, from Eric Weisbrod, digital producer of cross platform platform programming at CNN. He'll teach a session that will show you how to use Instagram to create and push out your own images, build your social media community and find story ideas.

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Author Steve Berry to Speak at Club June 19

May 31, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Steve Berry, New York Times and No. 1 internationally bestselling author, will discuss his newest thriller, "The King's Deception," at 6:30 pm Wednesday, June 19. A book signing will follow the discussion.

Registration is required at Tickets are free for NPC members and $5 for nonmembers. This event is a fundraiser for the National Press Club Journalism Institute. No outside books will be permitted.

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Speak at June 5 Luncheon

May 31, 2013 | By Kasia Klimasinska |

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will speak at a Club luncheon at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, June 5, with remarks beginning at 1 pm, followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 pm.

Vilsack will discuss risks of droughts, floods, invasive pests and food waste in the United States and highlight solutions to improve sustainability.

Before ascending to the position of USDA secretary in January 2009, Vilsack, a native of Pittsburgh, served two terms as the governor of Iowa. He unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for president in 2008.

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President of Chile to Speak at Club June 4

May 31, 2013 | By Melinda Cooke |

President Sebastian Pinera will be the speaker at a Luncheon on Tuesday June 4.

Pinera was elected president of Chile in January 2010. Prior to his service as president, Pinera had served in government, business and education. He has a doctorate in economics from Harvard.

Lunch will be served at 1 pm with remarks beginning at 1:30, followed by a question-and-answer session.The program will end at 2:30 pm.

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Upcoming National Press Club Luncheons

May 31, 2013 | By Melinda Cooke |

Here is a list of upcoming Club Luncheons.

NPC Luncheons are open to credentialed members of the media. Luncheon are open to the public except where noted as "members and guests only." For more information go to or email All NPC Luncheons are held in the Ballroom unless otherwise noted.

June 3 – THIS EVENT IS IN THE HOLEMAN LOUNGE. Gerald R. Ford Journalism Awards. Speakers are Representative Fred Upton, R-Mich., and David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN.

June 4 - President Sebastián Piñera of Chile. Topic: TBA

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Gun Rights Advocate to Speak at June 5 Newsmaker

May 29, 2013 | By Herb Perrone |

Dick Heller, the litigant in District of Columbia v. Heller, the case in which the Supreme Court's Republican majority for the first time interpreted the Second Amendment as protecting an individual's right to bear arms, will appear at a Newsmakers event at 10 am Wednesday, June 5.

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Young Members Committee Features Voice of Pinky and Yakko

May 29, 2013 | By Emily Whitten |

Rob Paulsen, the voice of Yakko Warner and Pinky, the mouse that wants to take over the world, will speak at the Club at 6:30 pm Aug. 1 at an event sponsored by the Young Members Committee. Paulsen will discuss his career and experiences, answer audience questions, and sign autographs.

Paulsen has provided the voices for more than 250 characters over 30 years, including the aforementioned Warner brother and Pinky of ``Animaniacs'' fame. He was also the voice of Furrball the cat in ``Tiny Toon Adventures.''

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This Week in National Press Club History

May 29, 2013 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

May 29, 1941: General George C. Marshall, Army Chief of Staff, who would build and direct the largest army in history during World War II, gives his first address to the National Press Club. He would later become Secretary of State, then Secretary of Defense, and win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953. Marshall had served as aide-de-camp to General John “Black Jack” Pershing during the First World War. Pershing later became an associate member of the National Press Club, and gave his name to the American Legion Post 20, formed at the Club by veterans of that war. It continues to this day.

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