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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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Club Sponsors Journalism Panel in Seattle Oct. 22

October 8, 2008

The Club and the University of Washington will sponsor a panel on the future of the news media at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in Seattle.

Panelists are:

Ryan Blethen, associate publisher of the Seattle Times

Lori Matsukawa, anchor of KING-5 TV news

Knute Berger, columnist for and former publisher of the Seattle Weekly

Randal Beam, University of Washington Associate professor of journalism

The panel will be moderated by Gil Klein, a veteran national correspondent, a past Club president and director of the Club’s Centennial Project.

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Craigslist Founder Takes On-line Organizing to Prez Campaign

October 6, 2008 | By Mark Schoeff Jr.

Craig Newmark helped define the possibilities of Internet connections over the last 13 years. His Web site craigslist publishes classified ads that have linked millions of people to jobs, real estate and romance.

Now Newmark wants to use the Internet to get young people to the votingbooth. In a National Press Club Newsmaker on Friday, Oct. 3, he announced that craigslist, Google and other Internet sites have launched an initiative called “Declare Yourself.”

The effort is a natural outgrowth of craigslists’ strength--using social media to bring people together, according to Newmark.

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Journos Become Investigators; Panel 6:30 Tonight

October 6, 2008

There is life after working for traditional journalism companies. Hear first-hand from investigators, making 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
Ken Cummins, Capitol Inquiry, Inc and former CityPaper writer and editor, CityPaper

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U.S. Diplomacy a Success, Says Glassman

October 6, 2008 | By Bill Miller

Contrary to the widespread belief that the United States is in increasingly unpopular around the world, “Support of America is rising, and support of Muslim extremism is falling,” declared James K. Glassman, undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, at a Oct. 3 Club Luncheon.

And despite criticism of the nation’s diplomatic efforts, he insisted, “America has public diplomacy that we can be proud of. Public diplomacy is succeeding.”

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Forum on the Future of Journalism: Tonight at U of Md.

October 6, 2008

The National Press Club and the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism Society of Professional Journalists Chapter are teaming up to look at the future of the news media and how to protect its core values at 6:30 p.m. today.

“The Changing World of Journalism: From Teletype to Twitter … Where Do We Go From Here,” will be held in Room 1140, Plant Science Building, at the university’s College Park campus. It is open to the public and admission is free.

Panelists include:
Amar Bakshi,

Mark Miller, News Director, WBAL Radio

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Hurricane Katrina spurred renewed mission for journalists in New Orleans, Centennial Forum finds

October 3, 2008

NEW ORLEANS – Hurricane Katrina revitalized this city’s journalism, giving reporters a mission to save their city as they challenge a secretive city government for information, leading reporters told a National Press Club Centennial Forum at Loyola University Wednesday.

“I think people in newsrooms in this city had a great sense of purpose after the storm,” said Greg Shepperd, assistant news director at WDSU-TV and president of the Press Club of New Orleans. “We are looking for solutions to the problems that are plaguing our community. I think everyone is really invigorated by that.”

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Hungarian Envoy: Nabucco will End Dependence

October 2, 2008 | By Peter Hickman

Mihaly Bayer, Hungarian ambassador to the Nabucco oil pipeline told an October 1 Newsmaker that the pipeline would be a “diversion” from the current methods of importing natural gas solely from Russia, which exposes the European Community to “dependence on and the insecurity of Kremlin practices.” Mr. Bayer said Nabucco, which when completed will cover 2,050 miles from Turkey to Austria via Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary and to the Georgian and Iranian borders, is strongly backed by the U.S. and the European Union.

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