National Press Club

Sri Lanka bolsters press freedom, seeks to heal civil war wounds, foreign minister says

February 17, 2015 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, said that the country's new government has bolstered press freedom and aims to strengthen democratic institutions, foster economic development and heal wounds remaining from the civil war that ended five years ago.

Samaraweera spoke Feb. 12 at the National Press Club at an event organized by the Club's International Correspondents Committee, after meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry earlier in the day.

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#NPCTweets its way through @PressClubDC Twitter class #norobots

February 9, 2015 | By Susan Heavey |

Recent visitors to the National Press Club may have been wondering which VIP was in the halls given dozens of journalists roaming the Club and Tweeting pictures and posts.

For the nearly 90 media professionals, from correspondents to communicators, the posts were the main attraction. They were on assignment for "Taking Twitter to the Next Level," a class held at the Club on Feb. 6.

Hosted by the NPC National Journalism Institute's Professional Development Committee, the session offered hands-on tips and techniques for leveraging the social media platform in today's news environment.

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Russia's aggressiveness in Ukraine worries Baltic region

February 8, 2015 | By Peter Hickman |

Russian aggressiveness toward Ukraine is making the Baltic region nervous, Latvia's ambassador to the United States said at a Feb. 5 National Press Club Newsmaker.

Latvians are “nervous and concerned” over increased tensions between the West and neighboring Russia, Andris Razans said. "This situation is really getting worse."

As an example, he pointed to Russian army units moving “freely over borders” to Ukraine. But he also said there has been a “very strong and bright response from NATO when it comes to the security of NATO allies...especially the Baltic countries.”

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National Press Club podcast explores state of defense in Washington and beyond

February 2, 2015 | By Adam Konowe |

This could be a particularly newsworthy year for U.S. defense issues as NPC member Adam Konowe found out when he interviewed Defense News editor and television-host Vago Muradian for the latest installment of the National Press Club's podcast Update-1.

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Black journalists rue media reports of violence, urge political organization

January 27, 2015 | By Lorna Aldrich |

A panel of predominantly-black journalists rued the attention violence receives in media reports on race -- citing the reporting of protests of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri -- and told a predominantly-black audience at a National Press Club event Jan. 26 that communities must organize politically to get the police chiefs and police responses they want.

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Chief energy regulator lays out FERC’s Clean Power Plan role at Press Club Luncheon

January 27, 2015 | By Joshua Higgins |

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) role in implementing a plan to reduce power plant carbon emissions is to bring together stakeholders and help them overcome market and infrastructural challenges, FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur told a National Press Club Luncheon Jan. 27.

A big part of FERC's role, LaFleur said, is navigating the changing landscape of the bulk electric system as the Environmental Protection Agency hands down its Clean Power Plan rule, setting new requirements for power plants to reduce carbon emissions on a state-by-state basis.

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Panel tells Club audience national security can co-exist with government transparency

January 26, 2015 | By Brittany Parker |

Despite heightened concerns over government surveillance in the wake of Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks and the prosecution of New York Times reporter James Risen, government transparency and national security are not the oil-and-water concepts they are often made out to be, panelists said at a Jan 21 freedom of the press event sponsored by the National Journalism Institute.

The government can't hide everything, the panelists told the National Press Club audience at the event: "Government Transparency vs. National Security: Press Rights, Limits & Ideals in a Post-9/11 World."

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Former NPC President says in podcast journalists can’t be deterred

January 26, 2015 | By Mike Hempen |

Former National Press Club President Myron Belkind believes the attack on the office of the Paris satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo is another example of the increasing dangers to journalists. Belkind discusses press freedom in latest edition of Update-1, which is hosted by 50-year Press Club member Irv Chapman.

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108th Press Club President Hughes pledges support for press freedom, new media

January 26, 2015 | By Sean Lyngaas |>

Bloomberg LP editor John K. Hughes vowed to fight for press freedom amid threats to journalists worldwide after being sworn in as the 108th president of the National Press Club on Jan. 24.

“Our profession needs us more than ever,” Hughes told a packed Press Club ballroom. “As attacks against journalists intensify, we will push back harder than ever.”

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Panel tells reporters on science stories to accept uncertainty, seek experts

January 22, 2015 | By Amy Fickling |

Panelists at a Professional Development Session Jan 14 on “How to Cover Science-Related Issues When Science Isn’t Your Beat,” told the audience to accept uncertainty and seek expert advice.

Accept and embrace uncertainty and complexity when covering science-related topics, veteran science reporter Seth Borenstein advised those attending. Keep in mind that things are not always black and white, even though editors may want stories that present an issue in those contrasts. “Science is by nature imprecise,” he said. Become familiar with the definition of “theory” in scientific terms.

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