National Press Club

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:


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 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

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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.


Gary Cohen, Orpheus LLC and former US News investigative reporter

John Mintz, Mintz Group and former Washington Post investigative reporter

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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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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:, 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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