National Press Club

Initiation Waiver Extended; 84 New Members Welcomed into Club

January 22, 2009

The waiver of the initiation fee for new Club members will continue through 2009.

The Board of Governors approved continuing the waiver, which was originally implemented during the Club’s Centennial year, at its first meeting of 2009 on Friday following the membership meeting.

Membership Secretary Mark Hamrick said the waiver had proved to be “a very successful recruitment tool.”

The Board also approved the applications of 84 new members:

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Hamas Can't be Rearmed, Israeli Foreign Minister Says at Newsmaker

January 19, 2009

Halting the rearmament of Hamas, the militant government that controls Gaza, is crucial to a cease fire, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said at a Newsmaker Friday at the Club.

She was in Washington to meetd with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to sign an accord with the U.S. aimed at halting weapons smuggling across Egypt's border with Gaza.

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Leinwand Accepts President's Gavel

January 19, 2009 | By Myron Belkind, Club Secretary

Despite temperatures that dipped to 10 degrees, more than 80 NPC Members turned out for the annual membership Meeting on Friday to review "an extraordinary Centennial year" under outgoing President Sylvia Smith and to prepare for a "challenging" 2009 led by new President Donna Leinwand.

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News Outlets "Fighting for Survival," Yet Young People Seek Jobs in News

January 19, 2009 | By Gil Klein

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News Outlets "Fighting for Survival," Yet Young People Seek Jobs in News

For the Club’s Centennial, you sent me across the nation to hold forums on the First Amendment, Freedom of the Press and the Future of Journalism. At every stop, I gathered leading journalists from print, broadcast and the Internet as well as journalism scholars and First Amendment authorities.

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Club Member Witnesses Plane's Crash Landing

January 15, 2009

NPC member Joe Enoch (2008 recipient of the Berny Krug Award for his work as co-chairman of the Events Committee) now works for Inside Edition in New York. Here are excerpts from an email he sent yesterday:

I saw that plane descend from my office and ended up shooting footage of survivors on the plane's wing in the Hudson and later being carted off in stretchers.

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ConocoPhillips CEO Urges Pragmatic Approach to Green Energy

January 14, 2009 | By Hope Katz Gibbs

James Mulva does not yet drive a plug-in or hybrid car, but at a Jan. 13 luncheon, the chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips was adamant that the Obama administration focus on the energy opportunities.

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35 Club Members Receive Vivian Awards

January 14, 2009

Remarks by President Sylvia Smith Tuesday as 35 Club members received awards for their spirit of generosity in volunteering time and talent to the NPC in 2008:

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Dunn, Enoch Honored as Top NPC Volunteers

January 14, 2009

Remarks from President Sylvia Smith Tuesday evening as she presented the Berny Krug Award to the 2008 co-chairs of the Events Committee, Frederica Dunn and Joe Enoch:

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Journopalooza Rocks National Press Club

January 12, 2009

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Journopalooza Rocks National Press Club

Four journalist-driven bands rocked the Club on Friday in the first-ever Journopalooza music festival for charity. The Club sold more than 700 tickets for the event and raised about $15,000, according to an early estimate, packing the ballroom and overflowing onto the 13th floor in a concert for which every dime benefited a journalist.

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NASDAQ Chief Advocates Reform, Applauds Markets

January 9, 2009 | By Andrew Krei

The head of the NASDAQ stock market used his Jan. 8 Club luncheon platform to outline causes of the U.S. economic crisis last fall, and to urge regulatory reforms to provide trading markets with better information for investors.

Robert Greifeld, president and CEO since 2003 of the electronic stock market, said the breakdown''s root cause was "bad decision-making based on bad information….Throughout the economy, trillions of dollars in investment instruments were never subject to the rigor of trading on a transparent, well-regulated market."

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