National Press Club

Billy Joel Dazzles Sold-Out Luncheon Crowd

October 24, 2008 | By Richard Lee

He was supposed to talk about celebrity endorsements of political candidates at his sold-out Press Club Luncheon appearance on Thursday, but Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and pianist Billy Joel dispensed with all that right away in two or three comments. And he wasn’t there to endorse anybody for president, either, although he recently performed at a fundraiser for Barack Obama. He went straight for the questions, of which there were many, from Club President Sylvia Smith and an audience full of long-time fans.

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Freedom of Information Hurt by Newspaper Revenue Losses, Panel Says

October 23, 2008

SEATTLE – All types of news media depend on a robust newspaper industry to take the lead in defending freedom of information against state and local government, leading Oregon journalists told a National Press Club Centennial Forum here Tuesday.

And when newspapers can no longer afford those legal costs, they said, the public’s access to information suffers.

“We’re spending less on legal fees,” said Ryan Blethen, associate publisher of the Seattle Times and a member of the fifth generation of the family that has run the Times since 1896.

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Concentrate on What You Do Best, Panelists Say

October 22, 2008 | By Gil Klein

PORTLAND – News organizations cannot be all things to all people, even if they have the technology to provide it, leading Oregon journalists told a National Press Club Centennial Forum here Tuesday.

Instead, they said, to attract an audience in this time of turmoil in the news business, they must concentrate on being the most authoritative voice in those areas they do best.

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Filibuster-proof Senate Possible, Agree Schumer, Ensign

October 22, 2008 | By Bill Miller

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-NY, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and his Republican counterpart, John Ensign, R-Nev., agreed at a rare NPC breakfast "luncheon" Oct. 21 that Democrats likely will add to their Senate majority in the Nov. 4 election.

But will Democrats win the required 60 seats that would enable them to override a GOP filibuster?

Neither campaign chief would predict. Using the same words, both said, “It is possible.”

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Awareness, Education Can Keep 'Digital Natives' Safe on Net

October 20, 2008 | By Keith Hill

Because kids are "digital natives" to the Internet, that makes them more open to revealing personal information while online, attorney Christopher Wolf told an Oct. 16 Newsmaker audience.

Wolf was one of three panelists talking about online safety.

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Finnish Official Says Firm Date, Resolve Help Digital Switchover

October 20, 2008 | By Mark Schoeff Jr.

Setting a firm date and holding consumers to the deadline will help make the switch over to digital television next year in the United States a smooth operation, according to a Finnish official who guided his country through a similar process.

Mikael Jungner, director general of the Finnish Broadcasting Company, was the point person for Finland’s transformation, which occurred on March 1. On that date each of the country’s 2.5 million households had to be geared up for digital TV, a change that would provide more channels and higher quality reception.

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New Media Changes Election Coverage, NPC Panel in NYC Says

October 20, 2008 | By Gil Klein

NEW YORK – The future has arrived in new media covering this presidential campaign and in how the politicians are reaching the voters, leading journalists told an NPC forum here Thursday.

Jill Abramson, managing editor of the New York Times, described how she was able to watch Wednesday night’s debate live on the Times’ Web site while reading instant real-time commentary blogged by Times reporter Katharine Seelye.

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Newsmaker Speakers Raise Concerns about Fake Voter Registration

October 20, 2008 | By Mark Schoeff Jr.

Fraudulent voter registration threatens to create problems in this year’s presidential campaign that will dwarf the “hanging chad” controversy in 2000 over the Florida vote, according to the leaders of
an organization created by Republican nominee John McCain to prepare for the voting.

“The issue could be whether the election is fair at all,” former Sen. John Danforth, R-Mo., said at an Oct. 14 Newsmaker. “This is a potential nightmare.”

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60 Minutes' Andy Rooney Honored by Owls

October 17, 2008

Andy Rooney, the curmudgeon essayist on CBS's "60 Minutes," received the 2008 "Order of the Owl" at the Fall Hoot Thursday.

Selected by the Council of the Wisest Owls, the honor is given to someone who "gives a hoot about journalism."

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'61 NPC President John Cosgrove Honored with New Award

October 17, 2008

John Cosgrove, Club president in 1961 and longtime activist in the Club's affairs, was honored Thursday night as the recipient of the first President’s Award of Distinction.

Named for Cosgrove, the honor will be bestowed at the discretion of the Club president and will recognize outstanding continued service by former presidents of the Club.

President Sylvia Smith said she chose Cosgrove as the first recipient because of his 62 years of service to the Club and his love of the organization.

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