National Press Club

Top journalism on aviation, aerospace, defense eligible for Michael A. Dornheim award

February 19, 2019 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

Those who report and write about aviation, aerospace and defense are encouraged to enter their best work from 2018 in the National Press Club’s annual journalism contest.

The Michael A. Dornheim Award is presented in honor of the late Michael Dornheim, a longtime reporter and editor at Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine. The recipient must be a working journalist writing about aerospace, defense, the airline industry, or aerospace science and engineering. The winner gets a $1,000 prize.

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Journalism contest seeks best coverage of foreign affairs from 2018

February 14, 2019 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

The best journalism about foreign affairs in 2018 should be entered in the National Press Club’s annual journalism contest. The winners in both print/online and broadcast will get the Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence.

The award is named for Hood, a distinguished diplomatic correspondent for The Associated Press and a founding member of the Club. Entrants must demonstrate an understanding of American foreign policy and how foreign affairs affect those policies.

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Journalism contest seeks best breaking news coverage from 2018

February 13, 2019 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

The National Press Club journalism contest needs your entries in the breaking news category, both in print/online and broadcast, by April 15.

Coverage of breaking news requires a combination of skills, judgement and hustle. Entries will be judged for quality of reporting, speed and innovation. Particular attention will be given to reporting in the first 24 hours and the use of a variety of formats to reach news consumers.

Click here for more information and instructions on submitting.

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Panel calls sanctions an effective tool to protect press, but only if actually used

February 12, 2019 | By Justin Duckham | justinjduckham@gmail.com

The assassination of The Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi sparked outrage on Capitol Hill,prompting a bipartisan collection of senators to trigger an investigation under the Global Magnitsky Act, a panel of human rights experts told a National Press Club audience Monday.

The Act is a 2016 law that sets the stage for levying sanctions against individuals responsible for human rights violations.

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Freed hostage Rezaian says return not always easy

February 12, 2019 | By Wesley G. Pippert | PippertW@missouri.edu

Freed Iranian hostage Jason Rezaian of The Washington Post, happily reunited with his wife and thankful for their “wonderful reception,” called their 37 months of freedom “a full ride, sometimes rocky.”

“It’s not been easy,” Rezaian said Monday evening at a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap, which was held to note publication of his book, "Prisoner."

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Journalism award recognizes the best work on aging

February 10, 2019 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

The National Press Club journalism contest offers an award for the best journalism from 2018 on aging.

The Joseph D. Ryle Award for Excellence in Writing on the Problems of Geriatrics rewards top reporting on aging. Named after Joseph D. Ryle, a longtime National Press Club member, the $750 award honors excellence and objectivity in coverage of the problems faced by the elderly.

To apply, please submit one article or a series of no more than five articles on a consistent topic that appeared in either broadcast, a general circulation newspaper or an online journalism site last year.

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Jill Abramson, former NYT executive editor, to discuss "Merchants of Truth" amid controversy, Feb. 14

February 10, 2019 | By Donna Leinwand Leger | Donna@dcmedia.us

Award-winning journalist Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, will discuss her controversial new book at a Headliners breakfast at 9 a.m. Feb. 14 in the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Restaurant.

Abramson has defended the book, “Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts," after a correspondent at "Vice News Tonight" accused her of plagiarizing several sentences in the book. Vice News is one of the news organizations that Abramson profiles in the book.

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NPC in History: What Martin Luther King told the Club

February 9, 2019 | By Gilbert Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

Perhaps one of the most important – and, ironically, quickly forgotten – speeches made at the National Press Club was on July 19, 1962, when Martin Luther King Jr. was the first African-American speaker at a luncheon forum.

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Journalism contest seeks best consumer reporting

February 8, 2019 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

The National Press Club wants to see your best work in consumer journalism from 2018, both in print and broadcast for the Club’s annual journalism contest.

These awards recognize excellence in reporting on consumer topics. Judges will look more favorably on solution-oriented or strategic-oriented pieces that prompt action by consumers, the community, the government or an individual. The deadline to enter is Monday, April 15.

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NPC in History: Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft drop in

February 7, 2019 | By Gilbert Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

The National Press Club’s home from 1909 to 1914 covered two stories above a drugstore facing 15th St. at the corner with F Street. At one time, one of the city’s great early landmarks, the Rhodes Tavern, occupied this building, and a historical plaque on the current edifice attests to the importance of both the Club and the tavern to the city’s social life.

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