National Press Club

A chance to honor the best, most creative online journalism

February 21, 2019 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

The National Press Club wants those who have done the most innovative online journalism in 2018 to enter their work in the competition for the Joan M. Friedenberg Online Journalism Award.

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NPC in History: The Greatest

February 19, 2019 | By Gilbert Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

“The Mouth that Roared”

"The Louisville Lip”

“The greatest athlete of all time.” Whatever anyone thinks about Muhammad Ali, he knew how to capture a crowd.

He appeared at the National Press Club on Aug. 27, 1976, with boxer Ken Norton one month before their heavyweight championship bout at Yankee Stadium. At the head table were boxer Joe Frazier, comedian Dick Gregory and boxing promoter Don King.

Trying to keep control of the luncheon was Club Vice President Robert Farrell of McGraw Hill.

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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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