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Journalist Hotline for Legal Trouble at Republican Convention

August 28, 2008

Journalists covering the Republican convention next week may want to tuck this phone number in their Blackberries: 651-238-1884. It's a 24-hour hotline for cost-free legal assistance for journalists arrested or detained during coverages of demonstrations or other disturbances.

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Amazing Line Up of Authors for NPC Book Fair on Nov. 18

August 28, 2008

The following authors have been accepted and confirmed:
Qanta Ahmed, M.D., In the Land of Invisible Women
Russell Baker presenting Halberstam's The Coldest Winter
Avi Beker, The Chosen
Jacques Berlinerblau, Thumpin' It
Edwin Black, Nazi Nexus
Nina Burleigh. Unholy Business
Thurston Clarke, The Last Campaign
Adam Clymer, Drawing the Line at the Big Ditch
Stephen Coonts, The Assassin
Kenneth Davis, America's Hidden History
Paul Dickson, On This Spot
Michael Dobbs, One Minute to Midnight
Paul Fitzgerald, Will Eisner and PS Magazine
Alan Geoffrion, Broken Trail

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Turn Your Beat Reporting into a Book -- Sept. 15

August 28, 2008

Ready to turn the page on your beat reporting and write a book? Join established authors for magazines, newspapers, and other mediums at a beat-to-book panel on MONDAY, SEPT. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Zenger Room.

Panelists will talk about how they turned their reporting beat into a book as well as offer tips for how aspiring authors can research and sell their own work (and how to get over that first hurdle, the book proposal).

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Biden and Obama Speeches in NPC Archives

August 28, 2008

The Club is where news happens, and sometimes "old news" is important to "new news." Sen. Joe Biden's luncheon speech on Sept. 10, 2001, is a case in point.

In speaking about the missile defense system, Biden said:

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Preserving Your Papers; Archivist to Lead Class Sept. 17

August 20, 2008

Have you ever wondered what to do with all of your photos, news clippings or family papers? Or how to store grandma’s quilt? What to do with piles of papers in drawers and closets? If so, join Marlene Justsen, NPC archivist, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 17 for a course geared toward journalists and media folks. Learn how and where to store your materials, find a conservator, get an appraisal, and how to donate your materials to an archive. For more information or to make a reservation call 202-662-7598 or email

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Save Sept. 10 for Christopher Buckley and "Supreme Courtship"

August 15, 2008

New York Times bestselling author Christopher Buckley comes to the National Press Club on Sept. 10 to discuss "Supreme Courtship," his
latest comic look at Washington politics. In "Supreme Courtship," the president has no success getting his Supreme Court nominees confirmed,
so he turns an unconventional choice, a well-known television judge.

Buckley is the author of numerous best-sellers, including "Thank You for Smoking" and "Boomsday." He has written over 60 comic essays and is the

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A Dozen Comupters on 14th Floor; Sign-in Required

July 28, 2008

By Thursday afternoon, 12 computers will be installed and ready for members' use in the 14th floor alcove. These will augment the three computers that will be available in the library when the library's monthlong renovation is complete about Labor Day.

To ensure the 14th floor computers are available for members only, a sign-in will be required: The same user name and password you use to access the members-only section of the NPC web site.

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The News Biz: The Best of Times, the Not-so-Best of Times, Panel Says

March 4, 2008 | By Sylvia Smith

INDIANAPOLIS – Dennis Ryerson, editor of the Indianapolis Star, has been in the newspaper business 38 years.

“I’ve never been so frustrated,” he told an audience in Indianapolis Tuesday. “But I’ve never been as energized.”

Ryerson said the economic challenges of the newspaper industry are undeniable, but the opportunities are bountiful to reshape newspapers, use different technologies, reach readers in ways that dramatically affect their lives.

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New Media and the Presidential Campaign Panel 7 p.m. Sept. 15

December 31, 1969

A panel of leading New Media experts will talk about how these new forms of journalism are shaping the 2008 presidential campaign. "The Bloggers, the Campaign and the Future of Journalism" is at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, in the Holeman Lounge.

Appearing on the panel will be:

-- Michael Tomasky, editor of, the U.S.-based Web site of The Guardian newspaper of London. It covers American politics and culture.

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Hip-hop Star Says Giving Back is Duty of Celebs

December 31, 1969 | By Ellyn Ferguson |

Celebrities have a duty to giveback to society and use philanthropy as a tool for change, hip-hop star and actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges said Oct. 23.

“I feel like every celebrity, even if they don’t realize it, they have great responsibility and great influence. With great power comes great responsibility,” the 32-year-old Grammy winner said. Bridges, who has sold 24 million records worldwide, put music aside to talk about leadership and charity at a National Press Club luncheon.

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