National Press Club

S.F. Mayor Sees Cities, States Taking Health Care Lead

September 24, 2008 | By Keith Hill

If there is any progress in providing universal health care to all Americans, it will come from the cities and states rather than the federal government, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom told a Newsmaker audience Sept. 23.

Newsom, speaking in the Broadcast Operations Center, expressed no confidence in either the Congress or the next president in making health care available to all Americans. He lamented that the health care issue is currently on the back burner and more and more Americans are falling into the ranks of the uninsured.

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Journos Express Uneasiness with "Citizen Journalists"

September 23, 2008 | By Gil Klein

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – “Citizen journalists” can be dangerous to the news media, a panel of leading Providence journalists told a National Press Club Centennial Forum at Johnson & Wales University Monday.

Suffering from staff cutbacks, some news organizations are turning to volunteers who attend local meetings and blog what happens to the newspaper or television station. That information can be incorporated into regular stories.

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Pickens Promotes Wind Energy; Offers Tentative Support for Wall St. Bailout

September 23, 2008 | By Ken Dalecki

Energy entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens will be turning up the heat on presidential candidates Barrack Obama and John McCain to fashion a detailed energy plan before the November election aimed at reducing the nation’s dependence of imported oil.

Pickens told a National Press Club luncheon audience Monday, Sept. 22, that the media in past elections failed to press candidates for details when they promised to reduce the nation’s energy dependence. He said candidates never developed concrete plans and the nation’s dependence has only grown worse.

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Jounalists w/o Newsrooms: Wed., Sept. 24, 1-5 pm

September 19, 2008

Journalism is undergoing one of its biggest brain drains in history. Join us in the 4th floor broadcast studio for a free seminar from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, to hear practical how to advice from journalists who have made the transition to encore careers outside of newsrooms.

There is no cost, but space is limited. Sign up at: jschoo@press.org, or phone (202) 662-7507.

Session I

Eugene Meyer, writer and former Washington Post reporter - How to make a living as a freelance writer in Washington, D.C.

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Journalists in Transition: Mondays in October

September 19, 2008

The nature of work in American life is changing dramatically, and you must be prepared to address it. Layoffs and buyouts are a major part of the landscape, and you can learn to manage it or be managed by it.

Join veteran journalist and career coach Jackie Jones (www.jonescoaching.net) for a four-week course. Different topics will be addressed in each two-hour session:

-- Better manage your current situation, while you plan your next step

-- Decide whether a buyout really is for you and what to do if you take it

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NPC in Syracuse Tonight

September 17, 2008

Anyone in Syracuse, N.Y. this evening is invited to attend the Club's forum on the First Amendment, freedom of the press and the future of journalism, co-sponsored by the Newhouse School of Journalism.

It starts at 6 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse III, 215 University Place. Admission is free.

On the panel are:

Neill Borowski, managing editor of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Goldsmith Award for investigative reporting.
Aileen Gallagher, associate editor/online , New York Magazine and a 1999 Newhouse School alumna.

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"So You Want to Freelance" Panel 6:30 p.m. Tonight

September 17, 2008

Come one and all tonight (Wednesday) to learn how to get your freelance career into higher gear. Come show off your great interviewing skills by asking questions of our panelists:

Tam Harbert has covered technology, business and public policy for more than 20 years as an editor, writer and reporter. She focuses on computer and electronics industry trade magazines, newspapers and Web sites. She has run her own freelance business since 2005.

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Panel Discusses New Media's Role in Elections

September 17, 2008

Changes in new media are happening so quickly that Facebook may already be passé as a news medium in this presidential campaign, experts on changing news technology told a National Press Club forum Monday.

“I think we are in the post-Facebook phase,” said Ana Marie Cox, who founded the influential political blog, “Wonkette,” and now is the Washington editor of Time.com. “The medium that best expresses the moment we are in politically is not Facebook, but Twitter.”

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Colombian President Speaks Friday

September 15, 2008

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe will discuss his country's recent economic progress and security improvements at a luncheon Friday, Sept. 19.

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Seats Available Tonight: Blogs, YouTube and the Election

September 15, 2008

“The Bloggers, the Campaign and the Future of Journalism” will start at 7 p.m. tonight in the Club’s Ballroom. It is open to the public and admission is free.
Appearing on the panel will be:

-- Michael Tomasky, editor of GuardianAmerica.com, the U.S.-based Web site of The Guardian newspaper of London. It covers American politics and culture
-- Ana Marie Cox, who founded the influential political blog, Wonkette, and is the Washington editor of Time.com where she coordinates political coverage and hosts the Web site’s political blog, Swampland.

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