National Press Club

This Week in National Press Club History

January 11, 2010 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein | eksmithb@verizon.net

Jan.10, 1955: The National Press Club board votes 6 to 4 to admit first black journalist, Louis Lautier of the Atlanta Daily World and the Negro Press Association, and on Feb. 4, 1955 , the Club membership agrees 377 to 281.

Jan. 12, 1950 : Secretary of State Dean Acheson outlines American’s “defense perimeter,” leaving out Korea and Taiwan , thus marking Press Club luncheons as events of international significance.

Jan.13, 2006: The National Press Club opens its Broadcasting Operations Center .

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Risk Reporting Classes This Week, Free for Members

January 11, 2010

Terrorism, climate change, health scares -- what are the real risks readers need to know about? Sign up for Risk Reporting seminars this week to understand key questions reporters must answer to inform their audiences whether something is risky and, if so, how much.
The two sessions will also help journalists understand how people perceive risk.

Space is still available Wedneday, Jan. 13 through Friday, Jan. 15 at various times; sign up online at: http://press.org/library/riskreporting/ .

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3 Spots Remain in Multimedia Class Jan. 12-14

January 7, 2010 | By Beth Shankle | bshankle@press.org

There are only three spots available for NPC members in the Getting into Multimedia 101 class, Jan. 12-14.

The class is the first in a series of three classes on learning and improving multimedia and os aimed at professional journalists and educators. The fee is $30 per class for NPC members.

Each course takes place entirely online. Participants will receive lessons and assignments from the instructor via email.

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3 Spots Remain in Multimedia Class Jan. 12-14

January 7, 2010 | By Beth Shankle | bshankle@press.org

There are only three spots available for NPC members in the Getting into Multimedia 101 class, Jan. 12-14.

The class is the first in a series of three classes on learning and improving multimedia and os aimed at professional journalists and educators. The fee is $30 per class for NPC members.

Each course takes place entirely online. Participants will receive lessons and assignments from the instructor via email.

Each course is approximately 10 hours of work, including class time and independent work. Each class is three days, but

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Pub Quiz 7 pm Jan. 14

January 6, 2010

The next Pub Quiz is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in the Truman Lounge.

Hosted by the Young Members Committee, Pub Quiz offers an evening of mind-bending trivia, good company, and fun prizes. There's no need to sign up prior to the event, but please keep teams limited to 6 people.

For questions, please email Evan Sweetman at ecsweetman@gmail.com.

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Seats Remain in Risk Reporting Seminars Jan. 13-15

January 6, 2010

CIA informants gone bad. Terrorists who slip through security. What's the real risk?

Here are two seminars to help you cover those and a host of other stories that involve risk. Plane crashes, food poisoning, climate change to terrorism, the environment, health and public safety: they all have key questions reporters must answer in order to tell audiences whether something is risky and, if so, how much.

These sessions will also help you understand how people perceive risk -- why some people are "freaked out" about relatively small ones but are not more concerned about really big ones.

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5 California Wines at Special Dinner Jan. 25; $90 for Members

January 6, 2010 | By Emily Hand | ehand@press.org

Five California wines from the Spire Collection will be featured at a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, in the Fourth Estate Restaurant. Admission is $90 for NPC members, $105 for non-members.

Advanced sommelier Luis Reyneri will guide diners through two single-vineyard Chardonnays from Stonestreet Vineyards; two limited-production Cabernet Sauvignons from Anakota Helena Montana and La Jota Heritage Howell Mountain; and a Hartford Court Russian River Zinfandel.

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Journopalooza II, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8; Don't Forget the Raffle

January 6, 2010

When buying tickets for Journopalooza, the journalism fund-raiser set to rock the ballroom starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, don't forget to purchase a $5 raffle ticket for a Les Paul Studio guitar generously donated by Gibson USA.

The guitar, valued at $1,799, has been a top studio instrument since its introduction in 1983.

Ticket are available online or at the event, which benefits the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library, Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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5 California Wines at Special Dinner Jan. 25; $90 for Members

January 6, 2010 | By Emily Hand | ehand@press.org

Five California wines from the Spire Collection will be featured at a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, in the Fourth Estate Restaurant. Admission is $90 for NPC members, $105 for non-members.

Advanced sommelier Luis Reyneri will guide diners through two single-vineyard Chardonnays from Stonestreet Vineyards; two limited-production Cabernet Sauvignons from Anakota Helena Montana and La Jota Heritage Howell Mountain; and a Hartford Court Russian River Zinfandel.

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Seats Remain in Risk Reporting Seminars Jan. 13-15

January 6, 2010

CIA informants gone bad. Terrorists who slip through security. What's the real risk?

Here are two seminars to help you cover those and a host of other stories that involve risk. Plane crashes, food poisoning, climate change to terrorism, the environment, health and public safety: they all have key questions reporters must answer in order to tell audiences whether something is risky and, if so, how much.

These sessions will also help you understand how people perceive risk -- why some people are "freaked out" about relatively small ones but are not more concerned about really big ones.

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