National Press Club

Detained journalist Gutierrez nets fellowship invite on World Press Freedom Day

May 6, 2018 | By Justin Duckham | justinjduckham@gmail.com

Emilio Gutierrez, a Mexican reporter detained in the U.S. after his request for asylum was denied late last year, was offered the University of Michigan’s Knight-Wallace Journalism fellowship Thursday, an honor that coincided with World Press Freedom Day.

The announcement was made during a panel discussion at the National Press Club calling for the release of Gutierrez and three other journalists who have been similarly detained or imprisoned.

Lynette Clemetson, executive director of the fellowship program, cast the decision as “one step toward a solution that were are all seeking.”

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Chinese press freedom in the spotlight

May 2, 2018 | By Adam Konowe | adam.konowe@tmp.com

In this edition of Update-1 One, broadcast journalist and National Press Club member Irv Chapman examines the role of the press in China. Robert Daly, director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, discusses the limited range of press freedom allowed both Chinese and foreign journalists.

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Reporters vs. trolls: Journalists have new resources to combat online harassment

April 29, 2018 | By Gwen Flanders | glflanders@gmail.com

Reporters tormented by online harassment have some new resources.

A discussion at the National Press Club on Friday explored the problem as three reporters talked with three people who study the issue.

Reporter Jonathan Weisman of The New York Times outlined a 2016 incident when his tweet excerpting someone else's column on fascism brought a response addressing him as "(((Weisman)))," a way that anti-Semites mark the name of someone they think is Jewish.

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Anthony Scaramucci praises Trump’s political instincts, use of Twitter

April 27, 2018 | By Chris Teale | chris.teale55@gmail.com

Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said President Donald Trump has great political instincts, and his use of Twitter is an effective way to appeal to his supporters.

Scaramucci, who was fired from his position last year after 11 days, said Trump was smart to identify the disaffection of the working class and build his 2016 campaign on it.

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Ability to find scoops, tell stories leads to journalism jobs

April 18, 2018 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. | markschoeff@gmail.com

During a time when multimedia skills are becoming increasingly important in journalism, the ability to find and tell stories remains central to finding a job in the profession, a panel of journalists said at a National Press Club event on April 17.

“I want to stress the importance of being able to have scoops,” Amy Fiscus, national security editor at The New York Times, told an audience of 150 people in the ballroom. “That is by far the thing that we are looking for the most, and it’s really, really hard to come by. There aren’t that many people who can do it.”

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Jerry Brown defends National Guard decision amid presidential criticism

April 18, 2018 | By Justin Duckham | justinjduckham@gmail.com

California Gov. Jerry Brown at a Newsmakers event Tuesday defended his decision to restrict members of his state’s National Guard from directly participating in immigration enforcement, pushing back against criticism levied earlier that morning from President Donald Trump.

“Trying to stop drug smuggling, human trafficking and guns going to Mexico to the cartels, that to me sounds like fighting crime,” Brown said. “Trying to catch some desperate mothers and children or unaccompanied minors coming from Central America, that sounds like something else.”

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Kalb Report: A bleak future for U.S.-Russian Relations

April 18, 2018 | By Gil Klein | Gilbert.klein@me.com

Try as he might, moderator Marvin Kalb could not get any one of his four guests on Monday’s “Kalb Report” to give an optimistic prediction on the future of U.S. relations with Russia.

With President Trump in the crosshairs of an investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, and with American and Russian interests increasingly at odds in wars hot and cold, the panelists questioned how the situation can turn around.

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Senator Brown pushes pension rescue at Headliners Luncheon

April 13, 2018 | By Lawrence Feinberg | lfeinber@gmail.com

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, made a strong appeal for federal help to prop up industry-wide pension plans for 1.5 million workers and retirees. He said the plans, most established under labor union contracts, are facing insolvency.

Speaking April 12 at a National Press Club Headilners Luncheon, Brown said failure of the plans to pay promised benefits would not only harm those expecting them but would probably trigger a massive taxpayer bailout of the federal agency that insures worker pensions. The agency, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., already is confronting major deficits.

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Trauma surgeons make pitch for gun control at Headliners Newsmaker

April 12, 2018 | By Gwen Flanders | glflanders@gmail.com

Three trauma surgeons made their case for a ban on assault-style weapons at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

The doctors, all former presidents of the Western Trauma Association, discussed why the physicians group unanimously passed a resolution calling for a ban last year.

They cited the level of injury caused by high-velocity bullets fired from a semi-automatic rifle such as the popular AR-15, the gun used by the Parkland, Florida, shooter.

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Nancy Reagan’s press secretary shares inside look at first lady’s life

April 5, 2018 | By Julia Haskins | juliaannehaskins@gmail.com

Walking away from her job as press secretary to First Lady Nancy Reagan was one of the hardest things that Sheila Tate ever did, she told a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap on April 4.

“She was a much more interesting person than most people knew,” Tate said as she discussed her new book, “Lady in Red: An Intimate Portrait of Nancy Reagan.”

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