National Press Club

Press Freedom Committee reports: Shield Law likely dead for session

October 1, 2008

Wes Pippert , chairman of the Press Freedom Committee, offers this update on several issues the Club has been involved in or been following:

The shield law legislation is probably dead for this session of Congress, according to several representatives of media organizations who track freedom of the press issues.

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Kalb/O'Reilly Go 15 Rounds

September 30, 2008

Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly and Marvin Kalb, host of "The Kalb Report," sparred over the news value of O'Reilly's show Saturday afternoon at NPC.

"It's a rough, tough industry, television news," O'Reilly said. "Now I'm expected to deliver enormous ratings. It makes it harder to do straight news."

He said if he puts himself up as someone who is challenging authority, "They're going to come back at you ... It's a raging war ... a thousand times harsher with the Internet."

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DC Schools Chief says Much More Work Ahead

September 30, 2008 | By Richard Lee

Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee told her Monday NPC Luncheon audience that she has learned a lot about leadership in her first 15 months of trying to fix D.C.’s dysfunctional school system, “and one of the things I have learned,” she said, to knowing laughter, at the outset of her speech, “was that cooperation and collaboration and consensus building and compromise are totally overrated.”

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Ukraine President Touts Close U.S. Ties

September 30, 2008 | By Mark Schoeff Jr.

President Victor Yuschenko of Ukraine would not tell a National Press Club audience on Monday, September 29, whether he prefers Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, or Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, as the next U.S. president.

But he says he is pleased that both of them are talking about Ukraine.

The most important thing is Ukraine took on a prominent place in American politics,” Yuschenko said at a packed morning Newsmaker event in the Holeman Lounge.

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Ukraine President to Speak Monday, Sept. 29

September 26, 2008

National Press Club "Morning Newsmaker" News Conference
Monday, September 29, 2008, 11 a.m. Holeman Lounge

The President of Ukraine Victor Yuschenko will discuss:

NEW SECURITY CHALLENGES FOR EUROPE AND THE UKRAINE-US STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

President Yuschenko will outline his country’s position on
contemporary challenges for European security and Ukraine’s
contribution to regional and international peace and stability. He will give a brief sketch of Ukraine’s history as a background for its
dynamic present and future development. He also will highlight the

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Freelancers Networking Happy Hour: Oct. 16

September 26, 2008

Freelancers Network 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16

NPC members who freelance or hire freelancers will meet for a networking happy hour from 5:30 to 7 pm Thursday, Oct. 16. Drop by the Reliable Source any time during that period to meet the Freelance Committee co-chairs and schmooze with other freelancers.

This is for NPC members only.

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NPC Gives Honorary Membership to 85-year Journalism Veteran Mildred Heath

September 25, 2008

NPC President Sylvia Smith presented Mildred Heath of Nebraska an honorary Club membership on Wednesday before Health was recognized as America’s oldest worker for 2008.

Heath has been in the newspaper biz for 85 years. She may be the longest-working Club member. When she began working at her hometown newspaper at age 15, she taught herself to operate a Linotype – a machine that turned hot lead into lines of type for the printing press.

“I got really good at it,” she sa id , “but the lead was really hot.” She still carries burn marks from those early days.

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Investigative Reporters -- Here's How to be a Real Investigator (and Make More Money)

September 25, 2008

Journalists Turned Full-Time Investigators Oct. 6, 6 p.m.
There is life after working for traditional journalism companies. Hear first-hand from investigators who make higher salaries in a field where opportunity looms. Among those participating in the panel will be former journalists who started their own companies, including a headhunter for the investigative industry.

Panelists:

Gary Cohen, Orpheus LLC and former US News investigative reporter

John Mintz, Mintz Group and former Washington Post investigative reporter

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NPC Discusses Future of Journalism Sept. 9 in Denver

September 25, 2008

The National Press Club kicks off its fall nationwide Centennial Forums project Sept. 9 with an event at the Denver Press Club. We are putting together panels of leading journalists to talk about where the news business is going and how to protect its core values. We're looking to build a big crowd, so please get the word out to your friends in the Denver area.

The 5Ws: 6:00 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place. Admission is free, but seats are limited. Please reserve by going to Blacktie-Colorado.com.

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Ambassador Says Maldives is Now a 'Liberal Democracy'

September 24, 2008

The ambassador of the Republic of Maldives told a September 22 Newsmaker his nation—a collection of 1,192 islands and “islets” off the southwest coast of India--“ushered in a liberal democracy with strengthened human rights safeguards” with the August 7 ratification of a new constitution.

Mohamed Hussain Maniku said the act marked the culmination of almost four years of work by the former British colony's Constitutional Assembly and is seen as “heralding a new era in the democratic history of the nation.”

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