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National Press Club closes due to continuing 'Snowzilla'

January 25, 2016

The National Press Club is closed on Monday, Jan. 25 as the Nation's Capital continues to dig out from a weekend blizzard that dumped more than a foot and a half of snow in most places. The federal government and schools were also closed, and the Metro system was only operating limited subway service underground.

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Inauguration of NPC President Thomas Burr defies blizzard, celebrates national parks, press freedom

January 23, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Mocking the raging snow storm outside with quips, the National Press Club on Jan. 22 inaugurated Thomas Burr, Washington Correspndent for the Salt Lake Tribune as its 109th president.

“In D.C., when we see a snowflake, we call a Snow Emergency, we shut down the schools, the government, and everyone stocks up on toilet paper, milk and bread,” said Burr, a native of Salina, Utah. “In Utah, we call this … Friday.”

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Update 1: NPC podcast on use of images in social media

January 21, 2016 | By Shannon Fisher |

In part 3 of the National Press Club’s series on social media, NPC member Shannon Fisher leads us through a roundtable discussion of the use of images in social media.

Her guests are Amy Eisman, Director of Media Entrepreneurship at American University; Lynne Perri, Managing Editor of the university's Investigative Reporting Workshop; and AU Professor of Communication Scott R. Talan, who specializes in public and strategic communication.

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Former Senators Daschle and Lott debut book at NPC Book Rap

January 21, 2016 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

The National Press Club was the only suitable place for the debut of the book by former Senate leaders Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota, and Trent Lott, R-Mississippi, Lott told a Press Club Book Rap on January 19.

"We couldn't roll this book out anywhere else," Lott said, referring to `Crisis Point: Why We Must -- and How We Can -- Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America.' He thanked NPC President Thomas Burr for inviting them and moderating the discussion.

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Data discrepancies suggest campus sexual violence is widely underreported, AAUW says

January 19, 2016 | By Noel St. John |

Representatives from the American Association of University Women, speaking at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference on Jan. 14, challenged data on zero rape incidents in over 90 percent of U.S. colleges during 2014.

Of 11,000 U.S. colleges filing reports as required by the Department of Education, 91 percent certified that no incidents of rape were reported for the year, according to Lisa Maatz, Vice President of Government Relations at the AAUW. Yet research by the AAUW shows that almost two-thirds of college students are sexually harassed, she said.

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Changing of the Guard: Outgoing NPC President Hughes hands gavel to new chief Burr

January 16, 2016 | By Wesley G. Pippert |

Outgoing National Press Club President John Hughes turned over the gavel to incoming president Thomas Burr on Friday, Jan. 15, at the club's general membership meeting, which also highlighted reports of a "low slide" in membership but ending 2015 "completely debt free."

Burr, a reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune and outgoing vice president, choked back tears when he said in his opening remarks: "This is my promise: we're going to build on our successes."

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World more dangerous than in 2009: Armed Services Committee Chairman Thornberry

January 13, 2016 | By Jesse Rifkin |

The threats to global and U.S. security are escalating, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) warned at a National Press Club luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

“The world is more dangerous today than it was in 2009,” he proclaimed. Despite President Barack Obama's claims in the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, ``that is not just hot air. That’s the facts. That’s reality,” Thornberry said. “This notion that our enemies are not growing stronger, I think that is empirically not true.”

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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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