National Press Club

Costas Wants More Hard News in Sports Coverage

October 14, 2008 | By Gil Klein

An element of hard news should be in sports reporting, but most television sports shows are shying away from it, Bob Costas, the NBC and HBO sports broadcaster, told Marvin Kalb Monday night during "The Kalb Report."

More than at other Olympics, the one in China allowed him to include "a dollop" of journalism as he interviewed President Bush and included references in his broadcasts to economic, political and social conditions in the host country.

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Forums Set for Oregon, Seattle, Des Moines, Columbia, Minneapolis

October 14, 2008

Top editors, Pulitzer Prize winners and on-line experts will participate in upcoming NPC forums. The panels explore issues of the 21st century news industry.

On Oct. 21, the University of Oregon is host to a panel featuring:

  • Sandra Rowe, editor, The Oregonian;
  • Mike Donahue, reporter/anchor KOIN-TV; and
  • Mark Blaine, instructor, School of Journalism and Communications, University of Oregon

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Parties Assess Congressional Races

October 13, 2008 | By Andrew Kreig

Democrats appear ready break tradition with additional House gains in November’s elections, but Republicans still have time make up lots of ground, according Club luncheon remarks on Oct. 10 by former Republican National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Thomas M. Davis III and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen.

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America Needs to Put Its House in Order, Bacevich Says

October 13, 2008 | By Keith Hill

Americans must make substantive changes in this country and put its house in order if things are going to improve, Andrew Bacevich, professor of history and international relations at Boston University, said at an Oct. 10 Newsmaker.

Bacevich is the author of "The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism," which has been
called "an authoritative call to arms for change."

Focusingon the current economic crisis, Bacevich said you can look at it as either a passing problem or a true turning point in global history.

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Investigative Reporting Vital to Industry Future, Panel Says

October 9, 2008 | By Gil Klein

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Good investigative reporting is key to maintaining strong local journalism, but it is difficult to do under current economic conditions, leading South Carolina journalists said at an NPC Centennial Forum here Wednesday.

“There are few things we do that gets a more favorable response from readers than investigative reporting,” said Mark Lett, editor of the Columbia newspaper, The State.

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New Economic Models for News Organizations: Panel

October 8, 2008 | By Donna Leinwand

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – New ways of raising revenue will be developed to support the news business, leading North Carolina journalists said at a NPC here Tuesday.

The two mistakes that have been made to far with Internet news are the idea that news is free on the Internet and that the price of advertising should be based on the television model – how many eyeballs see an ad, said Penny Muse Abernathy, a University of North Carolina professor of digital economics.

That will change, she said.

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New Economic Models for News Organizations: Panel

October 8, 2008 | By Donna Leinwand

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – New ways of raising revenue will be developed to support the news business, leading North Carolina journalists said at a NPC here Tuesday.

The two mistakes that have been made to far with Internet news are the idea that news is free on the Internet and that the price of advertising should be based on the television model – how many eyeballs see an ad, said Penny Muse Abernathy, a University of North Carolina professor of digital economics.

That will change, she said.

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NPC Forum in Atlanta Oct. 14

October 8, 2008

he Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Pultizer Prize-winning editorial page editor and the anchor of an Atlanta TV station will appear with a journalism professsor and a longtime political writer and editor to discuss the news industry next week as part of the Club's nationwide conversation about the direction of the business.

The Oct. 14 event will begin at 6 p.m. at Georgia Public Broadcasting, 260 14th St. in Atlanta. It is open to the public. Admission is free for National Press Club members, Atlanta Press Club members and students; admission for others is $15.

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Journos at NPC Forum Foresee Huge Changes

October 8, 2008 | By Jerry Zremski

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The newspaper as we know it will soon be published just once a week, and will eventually disappear.

Radio reporters will be master multitaskers, filing reports in various forms for their stations’ web sites.

And more and more journalists will be entrepreneurs, building their own brand in their own names rather than relying on the lumbering mastadons of the mainstream media.

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Fragmenting Audiences Require News Organizations to Rethink Mission

October 8, 2008

RICHMOND, Va. – Fragmenting audiences are making it more difficult for news organizations to identify whom they are reaching so they can convince advertisers to support their journalism, leading Virginia journalists said at an NPC Centennial Forum here Monday.

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