National Press Club

Newsmaker Speakers Raise Concerns about Fake Voter Registration

October 20, 2008 | By Mark Schoeff Jr.

Fraudulent voter registration threatens to create problems in this year’s presidential campaign that will dwarf the “hanging chad” controversy in 2000 over the Florida vote, according to the leaders of
an organization created by Republican nominee John McCain to prepare for the voting.

“The issue could be whether the election is fair at all,” former Sen. John Danforth, R-Mo., said at an Oct. 14 Newsmaker. “This is a potential nightmare.”

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60 Minutes' Andy Rooney Honored by Owls

October 17, 2008

Andy Rooney, the curmudgeon essayist on CBS's "60 Minutes," received the 2008 "Order of the Owl" at the Fall Hoot Thursday.

Selected by the Council of the Wisest Owls, the honor is given to someone who "gives a hoot about journalism."

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'61 NPC President John Cosgrove Honored with New Award

October 17, 2008

John Cosgrove, Club president in 1961 and longtime activist in the Club's affairs, was honored Thursday night as the recipient of the first President’s Award of Distinction.

Named for Cosgrove, the honor will be bestowed at the discretion of the Club president and will recognize outstanding continued service by former presidents of the Club.

President Sylvia Smith said she chose Cosgrove as the first recipient because of his 62 years of service to the Club and his love of the organization.

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Awareness, Education Can Keep 'Digital Natives' Safe on the 'Net

October 17, 2008 | By Keith Hill

Because kids are "digital natives" to the Internet, that makes them more open to revealing personal information while online, attorney Christopher Wolf told an Oct. 16 Newsmaker audience.

Wolf was one of three panelists talking about online safety. When kids put personal information online, it creates a digital dossier, he said, adding that teens who expose personal information online are most at risk.

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Northwest Newspaper Editors, Academics Selected for NPC Forum Oct. 23 in Spokane, Wash.

October 17, 2008

A forum in the NPC nationwide series on the future of the news media and how to protect its core values has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Eastern Washington University’s Riverpoint Campus, Academic Center, Room 20 in Spokane, Wash.

Panelists include:

Gary Graham, editor of the Spokane Spokesman-Review

Ted S. McGregor, Jr., editor and publisher, The Pacific Northwest Inlander

Jamie Tobias Neely, assistant professor of journalism at Eastern Washington University and op-ed columnist for the Spokesman-Review

John Caputo, the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media

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The Future of Journalism: Corporate Sponsorship?

October 16, 2008 | By Gil Klein

ATLANTA – The future of journalism may be in niche products supported less by advertising and more by corporate sponsorships, by interest groups and by public broadcasting-style memberships, leading Georgia journalists said at a Club Centennial ForumTuesday.

While Cynthia Tucker, editorial page editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, described how her paper is pulling back its reporting to the core four counties in the metropolitan area, Susanna Capelouto, news director for Georgia Public Broadcasting, said her organization is expanding.

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Costas Wants More Hard News in Sports Coverage

October 14, 2008 | By Gil Klein

An element of hard news should be in sports reporting, but most television sports shows are shying away from it, Bob Costas, the NBC and HBO sports broadcaster, told Marvin Kalb Monday night during "The Kalb Report."

More than at other Olympics, the one in China allowed him to include "a dollop" of journalism as he interviewed President Bush and included references in his broadcasts to economic, political and social conditions in the host country.

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Forums Set for Oregon, Seattle, Des Moines, Columbia, Minneapolis

October 14, 2008

Top editors, Pulitzer Prize winners and on-line experts will participate in upcoming NPC forums. The panels explore issues of the 21st century news industry.

On Oct. 21, the University of Oregon is host to a panel featuring:

  • Sandra Rowe, editor, The Oregonian;
  • Mike Donahue, reporter/anchor KOIN-TV; and
  • Mark Blaine, instructor, School of Journalism and Communications, University of Oregon

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Parties Assess Congressional Races

October 13, 2008 | By Andrew Kreig

Democrats appear ready break tradition with additional House gains in November’s elections, but Republicans still have time make up lots of ground, according Club luncheon remarks on Oct. 10 by former Republican National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Thomas M. Davis III and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen.

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America Needs to Put Its House in Order, Bacevich Says

October 13, 2008 | By Keith Hill

Americans must make substantive changes in this country and put its house in order if things are going to improve, Andrew Bacevich, professor of history and international relations at Boston University, said at an Oct. 10 Newsmaker.

Bacevich is the author of "The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism," which has been
called "an authoritative call to arms for change."

Focusingon the current economic crisis, Bacevich said you can look at it as either a passing problem or a true turning point in global history.

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