National Press Club

Barbara and John Cochran feted at Club's Broadcast/Podcast Team dinner

May 17, 2018 | By Adam Konowe | adam.konowe@tmp.com

Broadcast journalists Barbara and John Cochran’s first meetings were straight from the history books: dual assignments to cover the Reagan-Gorbachev summits in Geneva (1985) and Reykjavik (1986).

Three decades later, on May 15, the esteemed couple became the newest journalists to be honored through the National Press Club Broadcast/Podcast Team’s “Dinner with Legends” series at the Club.

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Commerce secretary hopeful on trade talks with China, citing Trump, Xi relationship

May 14, 2018 | By Michelle Amber | michelleamber99@gmail.com

As trade talks resume this week between the United States and China, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross expressed optimism at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon May 14 that the two nations can reach an agreement over numerous issues.

"It is difficult to handicap the outcome,” Ross said, but added he is hopeful that the “strong personal relationship between President Trump and President Xi will facilitate an agreement.”

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Latest Herblock Prize cartoons displayed in Reliable Source

May 12, 2018 | By Peter Urban | dc.peter.urban@gmail.com

A day after receiving the Herblock Prize for excellence in editorial cartooning, Ward Sutton visited the National Press Club, where four examples from his winning portfolio will be on display through the coming year in the Reliable Source restaurant.

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Detained journalist Gutierrez nets fellowship invite on World Press Freedom Day

May 6, 2018 | By Justin Duckham | justinjduckham@gmail.com

Emilio Gutierrez, a Mexican reporter detained in the U.S. after his request for asylum was denied late last year, was offered the University of Michigan’s Knight-Wallace Journalism fellowship Thursday, an honor that coincided with World Press Freedom Day.

The announcement was made during a panel discussion at the National Press Club calling for the release of Gutierrez and three other journalists who have been similarly detained or imprisoned.

Lynette Clemetson, executive director of the fellowship program, cast the decision as “one step toward a solution that were are all seeking.”

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Chinese press freedom in the spotlight

May 2, 2018 | By Adam Konowe | adam.konowe@tmp.com

In this edition of Update-1 One, broadcast journalist and National Press Club member Irv Chapman examines the role of the press in China. Robert Daly, director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, discusses the limited range of press freedom allowed both Chinese and foreign journalists.

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Reporters vs. trolls: Journalists have new resources to combat online harassment

April 29, 2018 | By Gwen Flanders | glflanders@gmail.com

Reporters tormented by online harassment have some new resources.

A discussion at the National Press Club on Friday explored the problem as three reporters talked with three people who study the issue.

Reporter Jonathan Weisman of The New York Times outlined a 2016 incident when his tweet excerpting someone else's column on fascism brought a response addressing him as "(((Weisman)))," a way that anti-Semites mark the name of someone they think is Jewish.

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Anthony Scaramucci praises Trump’s political instincts, use of Twitter

April 27, 2018 | By Chris Teale | chris.teale55@gmail.com

Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said President Donald Trump has great political instincts, and his use of Twitter is an effective way to appeal to his supporters.

Scaramucci, who was fired from his position last year after 11 days, said Trump was smart to identify the disaffection of the working class and build his 2016 campaign on it.

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Ability to find scoops, tell stories leads to journalism jobs

April 18, 2018 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. | markschoeff@gmail.com

During a time when multimedia skills are becoming increasingly important in journalism, the ability to find and tell stories remains central to finding a job in the profession, a panel of journalists said at a National Press Club event on April 17.

“I want to stress the importance of being able to have scoops,” Amy Fiscus, national security editor at The New York Times, told an audience of 150 people in the ballroom. “That is by far the thing that we are looking for the most, and it’s really, really hard to come by. There aren’t that many people who can do it.”

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Jerry Brown defends National Guard decision amid presidential criticism

April 18, 2018 | By Justin Duckham | justinjduckham@gmail.com

California Gov. Jerry Brown at a Newsmakers event Tuesday defended his decision to restrict members of his state’s National Guard from directly participating in immigration enforcement, pushing back against criticism levied earlier that morning from President Donald Trump.

“Trying to stop drug smuggling, human trafficking and guns going to Mexico to the cartels, that to me sounds like fighting crime,” Brown said. “Trying to catch some desperate mothers and children or unaccompanied minors coming from Central America, that sounds like something else.”

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Kalb Report: A bleak future for U.S.-Russian Relations

April 18, 2018 | By Gil Klein | Gilbert.klein@me.com

Try as he might, moderator Marvin Kalb could not get any one of his four guests on Monday’s “Kalb Report” to give an optimistic prediction on the future of U.S. relations with Russia.

With President Trump in the crosshairs of an investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, and with American and Russian interests increasingly at odds in wars hot and cold, the panelists questioned how the situation can turn around.

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