National Press Club

"Somatotype" makes Gillman NPC Spelling Bee Champ

September 26, 2017 | By Emily Wilkins | emrwilkins@gmail.com

Dallas Morning News Bureau Chief Todd Gillman is the champion of the 2017 National Press Club Spelling Bee beating out Florida Democrat Rep. Ted Deutch with the word “somatotype.”

Somatotype is defined as a term for a body type.

The competition, which was moderated by Dr. Jacques Bailly from the Scripps National Spelling Bee, featured a team of reporters facing off against a bipartisan group of lawmakers. The press team won with a final score of 39-36 after 12 rounds.

Rather than a trophy, Gillman received a championship wrestling belt.

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Military service at home illustrated by hurricane response

September 20, 2017 | By Ken Dalecki | kdalecki@hotmail.com

The top public affairs officer for the U.S. Army told a Wednesday, Sept. 20, meeting of American Legion Post 20 that hurricanes Harvey and Irma helped show Americans how the military serves the nation at home as well as abroad.

Brig. Gen. Omar J. Jones, IV, a Maryland native, West Point graduate and veteran of infantry tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, discussed the challenges the Army and other services face with so few citizens -- about one half of one percent -- serving in the armed forces.

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Advice for Communicators: Know who you’re hitting before making a pitch

September 20, 2017 | By Andy Fisher | ajfisher2@yahoo.com

Former National Press Club President Angela Greiling Keane provided Club members with tips on pitching reporters and editors.

At Wednesday’s regular Communicator Breakfasts, she noted people often miss two fundamental points:

· Know what the publication you’re pitching covers.

· Know what the journalist you’re pitching does.

Almost daily she receives pitches that have nothing to do with what her staff covers.

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Civil Rights Division’s work important but increasingly politicized, panel says

September 15, 2017 | By Ufuoma Otu | uotu@citizen.org

Four distinguished former assistant attorneys general for civil rights spanning several presidential administrations spoke about their tenures at the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division at a Headliners Newsmaker event late last week.

They addressed top civil rights matters including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), policing and racial profiling, LGBT rights, and President Trump’s nomination of Eric Dreiband to serve in their former role. However, voting rights drew the most attention.

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Film, interview tell story of Mexican journalists fleeing violence

September 13, 2017 | By Lorna Aldrich | Lorna2@verizon.net

A documentary and a phone interview, at a National Press Club Journalism Institute event Sept. 11, told the story of three Mexican journalists who fled from violence in Mexico to seek asylum in the U.S.

Two journalists faced serious immigration hurdles, a delay that continues after three years in limbo for one and jail for the other.

“It’s not good in Mexico and it’s not good in the United States as it pertains to journalists from Mexico and other countries,” said John Donnelly, chairman of the Club’s Press Freedom Team.

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NEA president criticizes plan to end DACA, but hopes Congress will fix it

September 11, 2017 | By Lawrence Feinberg | lfeinber@gmail.com

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the nation’s largest teachers’ union, denounced as “cruel, senseless, and unnecessary” the Trump administration’s plan to phase out an executive order by President Obama shielding young undocumented immigrants from deportation. But she said she is hopeful Congress will pass bipartisan legislation to protect them before a six-month deadline set by President Trump.

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NPC Headliners event presents CIA analysis of Soviet Navy

September 6, 2017 | By Amanda M. Macias | amanda.m.macias@gmail.com

A panel of CIA analysts and Navy historians presented a collection of newly declassified documents on the Soviet Navy at the National Press Club Headliners Newsmaker on September 6.

The CIA's Historical Review Program partnered with the National Museum of the U.S. Navy and the Naval Historical Foundation to release the records. The 82 intelligence reports, spanning the 1960s and 1980s, focus on the strategic efforts and consequences of the Soviet Union's plan to develop its naval force.

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NAACP president says White House creates atmosphere for domestic terrorism

August 29, 2017 | By Justin Duckham | justin@talkmedianews.com

Derrick Johnson, interim president of the NAACP, said Aug. 29 the Trump White House was responsible for the conditions that led to this month’s deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“Unfortunately, this administration has created an atmosphere that has allowed domestic terrorists to exist,” Johnson said at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon.

Various far-right hate groups gathered in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, ostensibly to protest plans to remove a statue of confederate general Robert E Lee from a public park.

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Media have good access, relationships on Capitol Hill, says panel

August 6, 2017 | By Lorna Aldrich | Lorna2@verizon.net

Reporters generally have good access and relationships with Congressional sources despite a wider environment of hostility toward the media, a panel of media professionals said at a National Press Club Journalism Institute event Aug. 4.

“There is more access today than there ever has been," said Brendan Buck, counselor to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. He noted, for example, that the speaker holds two press conferences every week and that there is a lobby just off the House floor where reporters can interview members.

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American University journalism professor analyzes Trump administration communications

August 5, 2017 | By Adam Konowe | Adam.Konowe@tmp.com

The recent high-profile departures from the Trump administration raises questions about how they're affecting the ability of the White House to communicate with the press and the public.

In the current episode of Update-1, National Press Club Broadcast/Podcast Team member Mike Hempen discusses the administration's communications with American University journalism professor Jill Olmsted, a former radio and television anchor and reporter. They talk about the leaks and tweets, the staff changes and what it all means.

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