National Press Club

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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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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