National Press Club

Institute event reveals why and how to use campaign finance data

March 18, 2019 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

A panel of experts on campaign finance data called it the key to politics and provided practical guidance to journalists for accessing and using it at a National Press Club Journalism Institute event Monday.

Ellen Weintraub, chair of the Federal Election Commission, said campaign finance "affects who gets elected, what gets enacted.”

She encouraged reporters to contact the commission because its reporting data is set up to help them follow the money. For data go here, to contact the agency, go here.

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Legionnaires hear tales of World War I German subs off U.S.

March 15, 2019 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

During the early days of World War I, "Americans didn't think German U-boats could reach the U.S.," NOAA marine archeologist Tane Casserly told National Press Club American Legion Post 20 members and guests on Thursday. "They were wrong."

By war's end in 1918, some 200 U.S. vessels were attacked by U-boats with losses from the Carolinas to New England.

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Climate analysts share data, sourcing tips for Sunshine Week

March 13, 2019 | By Justin Duckman | justinjduckham@gmail.com

A firm grasp of the latest data and insight into the independence of sources are both valuable tools for journalists tasked with climate reporting, a panel of climate analysts said during a discussion at the National Press Club on Monday.

Emily Therese Cloyd, director for public engagement with science and technology at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, advised reporters to turn to data sets maintained by the federal government, calling them "a really good place to start.”

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Iraq War veteran Duckworth says it's harder to find qualified military recruits

March 13, 2019 | By Anne Bader | anne.bader@gmail.com

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a veteran of the Iraq War, said it is becoming harder to find qualified recruits for the U.S. armed forces.

"Only 29 percent of today’s recruits are considered fit to serve,” she told a National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker on Wednesday. “We can’t dominate if three fourths of our citizens don’t qualify.”

Duckworth, D-Ill., ticked off several reasons, including obesity, cuts in nutrition programs, the opioid crisis and education spending reductions.

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After losing his daughter to violence, father becomes advocate for gun safety

March 7, 2019 | By Julia Haskins | juliaannehaskins@gmail.com

Andy Parker became an advocate the day his daughter Alison Parker, a news reporter for a Roanoke, Virginia, television station, was killed on air. At a National Press Club Headliners Book and Author event on Wednesday, Parker discussed his new book, “For Alison: The Murder of a Young Journalist and a Father's Fight for Gun Safety,” and how the tragedy spurred him to action.

Alison Parker, 24, and her colleague, photojournalist Adam Ward, 27, were fatally shot on August 26, 2015, during a live interview for WDBJ-TV's morning news show.

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Don't expect a calmer hurricane season this year, NOAA expert says

March 6, 2019 | By Justin Duckham | justinjduckham@gmail.com

This year's hurricane season is not expected to be any milder than the previous year’s, according to the lead seasonal hurricane forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“We’re still in a high activity era,” Dr. Gerry Bell said at a National Press Club Headliners Newsmakers Tuesday. He said hurricane activity can generally be determined by looking at dominant climate patterns that can last for decades.

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Motivational speaker writes book on how to ‘Be Fearless’

March 1, 2019 | By Talia Schmidt | taliaschmidt@gmail.com

Jean Case, chairman of the board for the National Geographic Society, wants everyone to “be fearless” and she has written a book to illustrate how it can be done.

“I’ve often wondered why so few people branch out and take their ideas forward and others don’t,” Case mused at a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap on Feb. 27 as she promoted Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose.

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Former NYT editor Abramson defends new book, explores media digital disruption

February 19, 2019 | By Kristina Groennings | ksgroennings@gmail.com

Even before she had a chance to talk about the substance of her new book at a Feb. 14 National Press Club event, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson addressed the controversy over alleged plagiarism and inaccuracies in the text.

At the beginning of the session, Abramson told the moderator, Club President Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, that she would not have fired a reporter who committed similar transgressions but would have brought him or her in for a bracing conversation.

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Black funeral homes knew where you could sleep: Dorothy Butler Gilliam on life as a civil rights journalist

January 25, 2019 | By Joseph Luchok | joseph.luchok@verizon.net

Dorothy Butler Gilliam, a legendary civil rights journalist, highlighted the importance of diversity in the media at a National Press Club Headliners Book Event on Thursday, Jan. 24.

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Preserved notes, source cooperation help Washingtonian get scoop on celebrity chef

January 18, 2019 | By Chris Teale | chris.teale55@gmail.com

A working relationship and years-old previously unused notes were some of the most useful components for the food editors of Washingtonian magazine as they reported on the downfall of celebrity chef and restaurateur Mike Isabella.

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