National Press Club

Developers to discuss new solar-powered airplane at Club during its D.C. stopover, June 18

June 13, 2013 | By Herb Perone |

Research and development experts from Solvay S.A., the Belgian chemical company that is developing the Solar Impulse airplane, will explain the science and vision behind the pioneering solar-powered aircraft at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference on Tuesday, June 18, at 10 a.m.

Speakers from Solvay will be George Corbin and Claude Michel. They’ll be joined by Darcy Gentleman, chemist and science communicator at the American Chemical Society.

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Learn how to use Instagram as reporting tool June 19

June 12, 2013 | By Julie Schoo |

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

Find out Wednesday, June 19, at 9 a.m. in the Bloomberg Room.

Eric Weisbrod, digital producer of cross-platform programming at CNN, will teach a session showing 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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Documentary film screening June 18 to probe climate change impact on U.S. coasts

June 12, 2013 | By Megan Cotten |

The increasing frequency of deadly storms, notably last year's killer Hurricane Sandy, is causing Americans to worry -- many for the first time -- about climate change and its impact on rising sea levels may affect their lives.

The link between warming climate and higher ocean levels and its implications for residents of U.S. coastal communities is the subject of a new documentary film, "Shored Up," that will be screened at the National Press Club on Tuesday, June 18.

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Associated Press CEO to speak on seizure of phone records at luncheon June 19

June 11, 2013 | By Melinda Cooke |

Gary Pruitt, president and CEO of The Associated Press, will address a National Press Club luncheon on Wednesday, June 19. Pruitt will discuss “the unconstitutional seizure of AP phone records and the way forward.”

Pruitt has been an outspoken advocate for the rights of journalists in recent weeks after it became public that the U.S. Justice Department had subpoenaed two months of phone records from Associated Press reporters as part of a leak investigation. Pruitt said the seizure will have a chilling effect on journalism.

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Threat to historic city of Tyre is topic of Newsmaker today, 3 p.m.

June 11, 2013 | By Herb Perone |

A new report on the threats to one of the world’s most historic cities – the ancient Phoenician city of Tyre, Lebanon -- will be the focus of a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference on Wednesday, June 12, at 3 p.m. in the club’s Zenger Room.

Tyre is ranked with Carthage on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. It is endangered by conflict in Lebanon that has spilled over from the civil war in neighboring Syria.

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Participants have 'roaring' good time on Travel Committee trip to Africa

June 10, 2013 | By Kathie R. Scarrah |

There's something about coming across a bachelor group of lions in the wild that makes you ask "What am I doing here and can I get closer for a better shot (with a camera, not a gun)?"

Fifteen feet separated participants on the recent National Press Club Travel Committee-sponsored trip to Africa from the lions. Shooting frames of photos from the open-top Land Rover, you rethink the stupidity of moving closer when you see the beasts' ferocious canine teeth.

There are two ways to describe the "kill shot" and the risk of being on the losing side is too high.

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This Week in National Press Club History: Wendell Willkie, Pentagon Papers

June 10, 2013 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

June 12, 1940: Wendell H. Willkie speaks at a sweltering Club luncheon during his dark horse campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. A former Democrat who had never before run for office, Willkie trails his three opponents -- famous organized crime fighter and front-runner Thomas E. Dewey, Ohio Senator Robert A. Taft and Michigan Senator and former journalist Arthur H. Vandenberg. Asked at the off-the record luncheon why he had left the Democratic party, he replied, “I did not leave my party.

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Climate change's impact on U.S. coastal communities is topic of documentary film screening June 18

June 6, 2013 | By |

For many Americans who were not convinced that climate change would affect their lives, Hurricane Sandy was a "game changer" that turned complacency into new national concern over the link between rising sea levels and a warmer climate.

That link, and its implications for residents of U.S. coastal communities, is examined by a new documentary film, "Shored Up," that will be screened at the National Press Club on Tuesday, June 18.

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Get inside story of Discovery empire from founder John Hendricks at Book Rap June 27

June 6, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

The founder and executive chairman of Discovery Communications, John Hendricks, will discuss his new book, “A Curious Discovery,” in conversation with award-winning journalist Paula Zahn at the Club on Thursday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m.

For required registration, click here. Tickets are $5 for NPC members, $10 for the public. A book signing will follow the discussion. Proceeds benefit the non-profit National Press Club Journalism Institute.

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Coming June 26: Special screening of documentary film on Latinos in America

June 6, 2013 | By Aileen Roberta Schlef |

NPC's The International Correspondents Committee will present a special screening of “Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, in the Conference Rooms.

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.), a strong advocate for pro-immigration reform who has succeeded in gaining significant bipartisan alliances on the issue, will give closing remarks after the film is shown.

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