National Press Club

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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Press Freedom Committee reports: Shield Law likely dead for session

October 1, 2008

Wes Pippert , chairman of the Press Freedom Committee, offers this update on several issues the Club has been involved in or been following:

The shield law legislation is probably dead for this session of Congress, according to several representatives of media organizations who track freedom of the press issues.

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Kalb/O'Reilly Go 15 Rounds

September 30, 2008

Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly and Marvin Kalb, host of "The Kalb Report," sparred over the news value of O'Reilly's show Saturday afternoon at NPC.

"It's a rough, tough industry, television news," O'Reilly said. "Now I'm expected to deliver enormous ratings. It makes it harder to do straight news."

He said if he puts himself up as someone who is challenging authority, "They're going to come back at you ... It's a raging war ... a thousand times harsher with the Internet."

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DC Schools Chief says Much More Work Ahead

September 30, 2008 | By Richard Lee

Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee told her Monday NPC Luncheon audience that she has learned a lot about leadership in her first 15 months of trying to fix D.C.’s dysfunctional school system, “and one of the things I have learned,” she said, to knowing laughter, at the outset of her speech, “was that cooperation and collaboration and consensus building and compromise are totally overrated.”

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Ukraine President Touts Close U.S. Ties

September 30, 2008 | By Mark Schoeff Jr.

President Victor Yuschenko of Ukraine would not tell a National Press Club audience on Monday, September 29, whether he prefers Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, or Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, as the next U.S. president.

But he says he is pleased that both of them are talking about Ukraine.

The most important thing is Ukraine took on a prominent place in American politics,” Yuschenko said at a packed morning Newsmaker event in the Holeman Lounge.

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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 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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