National Press Club

Update-1: The business of social media and its relevance for journalism

January 13, 2016 | By Mike Hempen |

Update-1 examines the business side of social media and how it applies to journalism in part 2 of a five-part series on social media.

Broadcast Committee member Jennifer Strong interviews Scott Talan, an American University social media professor, and Robinson Meyer, an associate editor who covers technology at The Atlantic.

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Panel explores context of MLK's 1962 speech at NPC

January 13, 2016 | By Julia Haskins |

On July 19, 1962, Martin Luther King Jr. became the first African American to address the National Press Club. Nearly fifty-three years later on Jan. 12, portions of the speech were played for the first time since being delivered in the Club ballroom where King stood.

The event also marked the unveiling of a plaque commemorating King’s speech that will hang outside the ballroom.

Human and civil rights activist Joe Madison, the radio host known on SiriusXM’s Urban View channel as "The Black Eagle,” moderated a panel that provided context and insight into King’s remarks.

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Times columnist Friedman moderates panel on transformation at electric utilities

January 12, 2016 | By Lorna Aldrich |

New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman on Jan. 11 moderated a panel of experts who predict technology and consumers' market choices will transform the electrical energy economy.

Although Friedman introduced the discussion, held at the National Press Club, by citing the recent climate change accords in Paris, the panelists focused on the trends of rapid and extensive change in the industry.

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Navy Chief outlines growing challenges from technological change

January 12, 2016 | By Ken Dalecki |

The pace of informational and technological change is accelerating so fast that the U.S. Navy is revamping the way it educates personnel from the lowest to the highest ranks, Adm. John M. Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), told a National Press Club luncheon audience on Monday, Jan. 11.

"We have to develop and field technology more quickly" and "learn and adapt faster," he said.

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Canada's Miss World contestant urges businesses, international organizations to press China on human rights

December 21, 2015 | By Shahryar Rizvi |

Anastasia Lin, the 2015 Miss World Canada, urged businesses and global organizations, such as Miss World and the International Olympic Committee, to pressure China to improve human rights in the country, in a National Press Club luncheon speech on Dec. 18.

Lin spoke the day before she was to compete for the Miss World crown. But she did not appear in the contest because China denied her entry to the country for the pageant after she spoke out about China's human rights practices.

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Former Club presidents cite expertise, flexibility, good writing as keys to journalism success

December 21, 2015 | By Lorna Aldrich |

A panel of former National Press Club presidents told an audience of journalism students to develop expertise, be flexible and write well to build their careers at a Dec. 16 NPC Journalism Institute event.

Myron Belkind, former AP bureau chief in New Delhi, London and Tokyo and 2014 Club president, said journalists traditionally were trained to be generalists.

But today, having a specialty, such as business writing, is an advantage. Science journalism is another growing niche, he said.

There's more to career success than subject-matter expertise, the former Club presidents said.

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Estonian foreign minister cites security, terrorism, refugees as country's biggest challenges

December 21, 2015 | By Noel St. John |

Estonia Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said that security is the top concern for her country, following aggressive Russian military activities in neighboring Ukraine and in the Crimea.

At a Dec. 17 National Press Club Newsmaker, she called on Russia to resume following international law and the agreements in place under the Helsinki Accords of 1975.

Another challenge facing Estonia is how it will play its part in dealing with millions of refugees and migrants who are flooding into Europe, she said.

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Puerto Rico governor blasts Republicans for refusing to help with debt

December 16, 2015 | By Justin Duckham |

Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla blasted Congress Wednesday for refusing to include a provision allowing the U.S. territory to restructure its debt in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill awaiting legislative approval.

"I am extremely disappointed,” Padilla said at a Club Luncheon. “Congress missed an opportunity to do the right thing.”

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New President Burr: 'The Press Club means the world to me'

December 13, 2015 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

When Tommy Burr moved to Washington, he joined the National Press Club before he found an apartment. ‎A decade later, he is leading the organization.

A Washington correspondent for The Salt Lake Tribune, Burr was elected Club president on Dec. 11 in an election that also saw the most votes ever cast for in an election for communicator members of the Board of Governors.

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Burr of The Salt Lake Tribune Elected President of The National Press Club

December 11, 2015

Thomas Burr of The Salt Lake Tribune was elected Friday as president of the National Press Club, the world's leading professional organization for journalists.

Burr, a Utahn who has served as a Washington correspondent for the Salt Lake City newspaper since 2005, will assume the presidency Jan. 15. He is a former president of the Regional Reporters Association and a past chairman of the Congressional Standing Committee of Correspondents.

A Jan. 23 inaugural gala is planned for the new president of the club, which was founded in 1908 and includes thousands of members worldwide.

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