National Press Club

Marine follows a hero's journey in new novel by Tom Young

July 16, 2014 | By Mark Krikorian |

``I will confess to you it's easier to write a novel when you're using a plot somebody else already came up with three thousand years ago."

That was novelist Tom Young joking to a National Press Club Book Rap July 15 on how he derived the structure of his new military thriller, "Sand and Fire," from the work of Joseph Campbell, the noted scholar of comparative mythology.

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'Act of War' author Brad Thor raps about writing at Press Club

July 10, 2014 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

A favorite mantra of author Brad Thor is “everything happens for a reason,” he told a National Press Club Book Rap July 9.

The publishing of Thor’s first book got a boost from a chance meeting with a contact with Simon & Schuster while on his honeymoon. His new wife told him to stop worrying about the last leg of the trip –- an overnight train trip from Munich to Amsterdam in a shared compartment. Remember your own mantra, she told him.

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Secrecy key to Civil Rights passage, reporter tells NPC Book Rap

July 10, 2014 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

One of the keys to passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act was secrecy, Todd Purdum, author of "An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964," told a National Press Club Book Rap on July 8.

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Panel: Media organizations must focus on creating, hiring more female leaders

July 1, 2014 | By Aisha Chowdhry |

Top editors addressed the barriers women face in achieving leadership positions in journalism and how to overcome them at a panel discussion Monday at the National Press Club co-sponsored by the National Press Club Journalism Institute and The Poynter Institute.

Women account for more than a third of women in journalism, but less than a quarter hold leadership roles, the Poynter Institute's Jill Geisler told the group. Geisler, who moderated the event, said the data for the Women's Media Center also shows that women in leadership earn 25% less than their male counterparts.

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Dingell: 'Compromise is not a dirty word'

June 27, 2014 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

The longest serving member of the House of Representatives told a National Press Club luncheon audience on June 27 that the meaning of the word "Congress" captures what the body is meant to do -- and has done during less partisan times.

“I often remind my colleagues of the very definition of the word Congress,” said Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich. “It means coming together. It means a body which has come together and it is a part of the historic understandings that this country had when we had a Congress which worked.”

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Author says New York Times lacks strategy for digital age

June 27, 2014 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Nikki Usher, author of "Making News at The New York Times," told a National Press Club audience June 25 that the newspaper lacks a strategy for the digital age.

Her book is based on five months she spent in the newsroom between January and June 2010, when she had unfettered access to meetings and reporters as they worked.

An internal report leaked a few weeks ago said the Times is stuck in print.

"That is largely what I found, " said Usher, an assistant professor in the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs.

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Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Mother Jones top award winners in National Press Club journalism contest

June 25, 2014 | By Will Lester |

The Wall Street Journal won three awards, while USA Today and Mother Jones won a couple each in the 2014 National Press Club Journalism contest.

Molly Ball of The Atlantic won the Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis for her coverage of the divided Republican Party after the 2012 election. The Wall Street Journal won the Joan M. Friedenberg Online Journalism Award for its detailed look at lobotomies. The Washington Post won the Breaking News-Print award for its coverage of the Navy Yard mass shootings.

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Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry talks about his mistakes, accomplishments at Book Rap

June 20, 2014 | By Jan King |

Four-term Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry Jr. told a packed and highly emotional room at a June 19 National Press Club Book Rap that his new book, "Mayor for Life," was meant to tell “who he was” and give a fuller portrayal of himself beyond a well-publicized drug controversy.

He emphasized that an incident of drug use at the Vista Hotel was just a “sliver” of his life that happened 24 years ago. He said that he had admitted to it and asked for forgiveness from his wife as well as the community. He praised America as a great country that gives people second and third chances.

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Best-selling author Diana Gabaldon recounts launch of career

June 20, 2014 | By Joseph Luchok |

Best-selling author Diana Gabaldon told an audience in a packed National Press Club ballroom at a June 18 Book Rap that she had no idea what it took to become a novelist, so she wrote her first book to find out.

Her latest novel, "Written in My Own Heart's Blood," debuted at the top of the sales rankings, which contributed to the big crowd that filled the ballroom, including the balcony. The overflow spilled into the Holeman Lounge to watch the event on a closed-circuit broadcast.

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Drone advocates urge FAA regulations, fly drone in Club lobby

June 19, 2014 | By Lorna Aldrich |

The lack of Federal Aviation Administration regulations is hampering the use of drones in photography, missing person searches, environmental monitoring, law enforcement and other activities, advocates said at a National Press Club Newsmaker event on June 18.

After the press conference, a commercial photographer and drone pilot, Parker Gyokeres, flew a helicopter-like drone approximately two feet in diameter in a cleared area of the Club lobby. The drone rose vertically to a height above the top of the flags and then descended.

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