National Press Club

New J School Requires Flexibility, Transparency, AZ State U Dean Says

November 18, 2008 | By Gil Klein

PHOENIX – Constructing a new journalism building in this time of turmoil in the news business required planning versatility into the space so that it can change as journalism changes, Christopher Callahan, dean of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, said Monday.

The school is celebrating a weeklong “Cronkite Week” to honor the opening of its 100,000-square-foot building in downtown Phoenix. It invited the National Press Club to present its centennial documentary, “The National Press Club: A Century of Headlines,” as the opening event.

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BSO's Alsop Transforms Symphony and Makes Gender History, Too

November 18, 2008 | By Richard Lee

Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and first woman to have that job with a major American orchestra, spoke humorously and passionately to her NPC Luncheon audience Monday about the “transformational power” of music in her life.

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Going Digital Doesn't Pay the Bills, Journalists Say at NPC Forum

November 14, 2008 | By Gil Klein

NORMAN, Okla. – Ed Kelley, editor of the Oklahoman in Oklahoma City, said he is scrambling to move his news operation into online video as quickly as possible, even though the bulk of his organization's income still comes from advertising in the print newspaper.

“Two years ago, we didn’t think video was even on the horizon,” Kelley told an NPC forum co-sponsored by the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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National Press Club Deplores Killing of Journalists

November 14, 2008

WASHINGTON – National Press Club President Sylvia Smith issued a statement on Friday on the news that three journalists have died violent deaths in recent days.

“The National Press Club deplores the slaying of journalists killed in the pursuit of a story,” she said.

"We must stand firmly against violence that would seek to inhibit a free press.”

Armando Rodriguez, a crime reporter for the Mexican newspaper El Diario de Juarez, was shot Nov. 11 as he prepared to take his daughter to school.

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Political Reporters Defend Election Coverage from Charges of Bias

November 14, 2008 | By Gil Klein

CLEVELAND – Barack Obama may have gotten more favorable media coverage during the presidential campaign, but it was not because news reporters are biased, leading Cleveland political reporters told an NPC forum Wednesday.

Tom Beres, senior political reporter for WKYC-TV3, said Obama ran such a different and such an effective campaign that describing it objectively made it sound like the reporter was biased toward the Democratic candidate.

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Print Journalists Still Print -- and Shoot Video, and Take Photos, and Provide Live Commentary, Panel Says

November 12, 2008

"Newspapering" is no longer the strict job definition of USA Today correspondent Donna Leinwand, she told students at six universities in five Western states Monday.

As she covered the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in Houston and Galveston, Leinwand traveled with a videographer through the devastated area.

“I’m a print journalist, the type with a notepad,” she said, waving her notepad at the TV cameras in the Club's broadcast studio that was Webcasting the forum.

“But we had a camera mounted to the front of the car, and I had a microphone as the photographer was driving down to Galveston,” she added. “I was giving running commentary that was running live on the Web so that people could see what I was seeing as I was seeing it.”

She described the rooftops blown off, the storm damage, the weather and what exit she was at.

“We had 6,000 people or so following along on the Web as I drove down the highway,” Leinwand said. “I had no idea if people would be interested in that kind of stuff. It seems that they are.”

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Election Provided "Wake-up Call" for Traditional Media, Panel Says

November 10, 2008

SALT LAKE CITY - The way the presidential election was covered - and the public's reaction to it - was a wake-up call to traditional media that it must maintain its credibility if it is going to stay
alive, leading journalists here told a National Press Club forum Thursday.

"On Tuesday night, for the first time in the history of the craft, there were so many voices that it was very difficult to separate the voice of what we would call traditional media and the voice of all the others," said Con Psarras, news director at KSL-TV, the Salt Lake City NBC affiliate. "That confuses people."

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DNC, RNC Chairmen Review Presidential Campaign at Luncheon

November 6, 2008

The Democratic and Republican national committee chairman paid homage to their candidates, voters, and the political process, and fielded pointed questions from the audience today at a sold-out National Press Club luncheon.

We accepted this invitation long before we knew how the election would turn out, and that was a bit of a risk, joked DNC Chairman Howard Dean who shared the stage today with RNC Chairman Robert M. (Mike) Duncan. My heart goes out to Mike, because I know he is in a tough spot.

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In a Changing Market, News Organizations Need Freedom to Innovate, Journalists Tell NPC Forum

November 3, 2008

MILWAUKEE – The editor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says he is able to succeed because the paper's local ownership gives him the ability to make changes quickly and to concentrate on what he thinks will work.

Marty Kaiser, the paper’s editor in chief, said he could make the decisions to keep an emphasis on investigative reporting and to make quick changes to take advantage of the Internet because he did not have to wait for approval from a corporate headquarters.

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Panelists See Need for New Products, Models in Journalism

October 31, 2008 | By Gil Klein

DES MOINES, Iowa – New thinking in how to attract advertisers will be essential to regenerating the income necessary to keep quality journalism alive, leading news executives said at a National Press Club forum at Drake University Wednesday.

“The business model is clearly broken,” said Laura Hollingsworth, publisher of the Des Moines Register, part of the Gannett Co. that announced this week another 10 percent cut in personnel.

Supporting quality reporting and investigative projects is the essential piece of what the company is doing, she said, but it is only one piece.

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