National Press Club

New Model for Journalism, But Threats to First Amendment

November 20, 2008 | By Gil Klein

SAN DIEGO – The Voice of San Diego, an online news and investigative reporting service, provides a new model for delivering serious journalism, a National Press Club forum was told Tuesday.

But new online journalism combined with the decline in resources for traditional media are threatening First Amendment and freedom of information rights.

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HUD Secretary Announces Help for Distressed Mortgage Borrowers

November 19, 2008

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steve Preston announced new federal efforts to help distressed borrowers refinance their mortgages at a Club luncheon Nov. 19.

Preston said changes to the HOPE for Homeowners program will reduce costs and expand eligibility for consumers and lenders alike. More homeowners will be able to get fixed-rate 40-year mortgages under a simplified progress.

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Hoyer Promises Dems Will Govern Responsibly, Work to Restore Economy

November 19, 2008

"Minorities don't win elections, and majorities often lose them," said Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), who spoke at Nov. 18 Newsmaker about the agenda for the 111th Congress and President-elect Obama.

Now that Democrats are a national party for the first time in decades, "we must govern from the middle," he said, adding that "we will govern responsibly."

American voters found Republican ideas wanting on Nov. 4, and it's possible that Republicans will now move toward a narrow agenda, Hoyer said.

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Prime Minister Says Turkey Can Be Guide to Financial Recovery

November 18, 2008 | By Mark Schoeff Jr.

With its proximity to geopolitical hotspots like Iraq and Iran, Turkey often is a factor in international security developments.

But Turkey also can provide leadership on the global financial crisis, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a simultaneously translated Newsmaker on Friday, Nov. 14.

Erdogan touted Turkey’s recovery from a severe economic setback in 2001-02. The country instituted structural reforms that have resulted in strong growth.

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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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