National Press Club

New Smithsonian head urges emphasis on arts and humanities, but not at expense of science

December 8, 2015 | By Gwen Flanders |

David Skorton, the new secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, made it clear Tuesday that he sees his organization’s mission in broad terms.

In a National Press Club luncheon address, Skorton talked about the need for a community to agree on values in order to solve society’s problems.

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Club strengthens social-media presence with live Tweeting of events

December 8, 2015 | By Talia Schmidt |

The National Press Club has increased its number of Twitter followers from 9,000 to more than 12,000 over the last seven months, making substantial progress on one of the Club's highest priorities in 2015 -- strengthening its social-media presence.

Live Tweeting of events has enabled the Club to become more prominent in the Twittersphere.

“Social media has exploded,” said Club President John Hughes. “It’s where the action is in terms of communicating with the world.”

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Former Club presidents grill Abraham Lincoln at press conference

December 7, 2015 | By Gilbert Klein |

President Lincoln never held a press conference in life, but on Dec. 3 Old Abe — in the form of Lincoln impersonator George Buss -- sat down with two former National Press Club presidents for a grilling as though it were April 11, 1865.

It was all part of a program that the Club co-sponsored with the Abraham Lincoln Association, the Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C., the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia and the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.

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Plan measurement of PR campaign from the outset, ‘Get It Online’ attendees advised

December 7, 2015 | By Joan Coyle |

Measurement of the success of a public campaign has changed radically in the digital age, said Shonali Burke, a digital media expert, at the National Press Club’s most recent “Get It Online” series of luncheon discussions Dec. 4.

As a result, she told attendees, it is important for PR practitioners to plan measurement of a campaign from its very beginning. To best benchmark progress of a campaign, she advised, measurement should be based on campaign goals. Before launching a campaign, she said, you must understand what you are trying to do and why it is important.

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Soccer 'a force for good' and a tool against radicalization, Prince Ali says

December 5, 2015 | By Yasmine El-Sabawi |

Introducing the world’s most popular game -- soccer -- to young refugees is one of the accomplishments Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan is most proud of, he told a packed National Press Club luncheon Dec. 4.

Jordan is now hosting more than one million Syrian refugees, and many are “young boys and girls who have nothing to do with their time,” Al-Hussein said.

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Air Force secretary cites air power success against ISIS, but sees strains on the smallest force since 1947

December 2, 2015 | By Lorna Alddrich |

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James underlined the importance of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in the fight against Daesh, the Arabic acronym for the terrorist organization ISIS, in a National Press Club luncheon speech Dec. 2.

James, just returned from a tour of the Middle East, Africa and Europe, said that Air Force commanders in war zones are asking for more “ISR,” as she termed the three information-gathering activities.

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Soledad O'Brien turned on a dime and says young journalists must too

November 22, 2015 | By Bill McCloskey |

You can't fire your boss, but one of the benefits of running your own TV production company is that if your client wants you to do something you don't care to do, you can fire the client.

That was one of the career-change nuggets shared with members of the Club's Broadcast Committee and their guests at a Primetime lunch Nov. 20 by Soledad O'Brien, a former CNN and NBC anchor who now has her own Starfish Media Group.

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Club President comments on the death of Austin Kiplinger, Fourth Estate Award winner

November 22, 2015 | By John Hughes |

The following statement is by John Hughes, President of the National Press Club, on the passing of Austin Kiplinger:

"The National Press Club was saddened today to hear the news that Austin Kiplinger, one of our most prominent members and a dear friend of the National Press Club for many years, had passed away at age 97.

"Mr. Kiplinger was a gentleman in every respect. He was a welcome, jovial, and valued guest at major Press Club social gatherings. His friends were legion. His wit and charm ever present.

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Rockwell painting sale brings $10.2 million to Club, Institute

November 19, 2015 | By Lorna Aldrich |

The sale of the Club's Norman Rockwell painting, "Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor," brought in $10.2 million at an auction by Christie's in New York.

The price was within Christie's estimate of $10 million to $15 million, though Club members who had gathered to watch the auction got concerned when bidding temporarily stopped at $5 million before resuming its upward climb.

"When it cleared $9 million people whooped. When it went over $10 million they went crazy." Club Manager Bill McCarren said.

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Sen. Warren says she's concerned about Hillary Clinton's ties to Wall Street

November 19, 2015 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren told a Club audience Wednesday that she was was concerned about former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's ties to Wall Street but when asked if she wished she had run for president, the Massachusetts senator said, "No."

Then, she responded to a question about taking the No. 2 spot by saying, "If I were running for vice president, that would assure an all-women ticket."

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