National Press Club

Photographers advised how to protect rights to their work

May 1, 2014 | By Jack Williams |

The instant a photographer presses the button to open the shutter, he or she creates a copyrighted "work" that no one can legally use without the photographer's permission, Mickey H. Osterreicher told approximately 70 attendees at the April 29 evening presentation on "Copyright and Social Media" in the National Press Club's First Amendment Lounge.

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Herblock winner's cartoons displayed at the Club

April 30, 2014 | By Thomas Burr |

Four new cartoons – from Herblock Award winner Jen Sorensen – are now on display at the National Press Club's Reliable Source to highlight the wall devoted to a hallmark of journalism, editorial cartooning and its impact on the public discourse.

Sorensen, a freelance cartoonist whose sharp take on the political and social scene earned her the annual award named for longtime Washington Post cartoonist Herb Block, joined Press Club President Myron Belkind and others for lunch April 30 at the Club to view the new display. Sorensen, of Austin, Texas, said she was excited to have

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Officials, victims call human sex trafficking, a huge issue in the United States

April 29, 2014 | By Aisha Chowdhry |

Human sex trafficking has become a problem for large, urban counties in the United States. It is not just an international issue but a domestic one, which needs to be prioritized, officials and victims of sex trafficking, said at a National Press Club Newsmakers press conference on April 29.

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NPC Travel Committee announces 2014 trips at reception

April 28, 2014 | By Fay Iudicello |

The National Press Club Travel Committee announced the remaining 2014 travel schedule at a reception on April 29.

Potential travelers were briefed on each of the 2014 travel events and were able to pose questions to the presenters regarding various aspects of each trip.

The remaining trips for 2014 are:

  • June 7: Battle of the Wilderness/Annual Civil War Trust Trip
  • September 17-26: Amsterdam, Bruges, Normandy with an optional Paris extension for September 26-29
  • October 11-18: Costa Rica

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Elon Musk's news conference at the National Press Club tops Google News April 25

April 25, 2014 | By William McCarren |

SpaceX founder Elon Musk was at the National Press Club on April 25 for a news conference about his Falcon rocket, which recently completed its mission and returned for a “soft” landing in the ocean off Cape Canaveral, Florida. This shows that SpaceX's rockets may be recoverable and reusable which would have major implications for the cost of space missions in the future, Musk said.

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Press Club member Paul Dickson tells Book Rap Shakespeare invented word for fireworks

April 25, 2014 | By Joe Motheral |

April 23 happened to be the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, an appropriate date for Paul Dickson to appear at a National Press Club Book Rap to discuss his book, Authorisms a compilation of words and phrases coined by the famous and infamous.

Shakespeare brought over 17,000 words into the English language, Dickson said.

“Five hundred to six hundred are still with us today, for example 'bump' and 'fireworks',” Dickson said.

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NPC book club brunches with 'Amsterdam' author

April 23, 2014 | By Peggy Orchowski |

Some 30 members of the National Press Club's Books & Brunch group and guests turned out April 19 to brunch with author Russell Shorto, to ask questions and discuss at length his highly-enlightening light bulb-popping book "Amsterdam: the Most Liberal City In The World."

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Air Force chief describes budget constraints at National Press Club Breakfast

April 23, 2014 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Air Force Chief of Staff Mark Welsh described his service's adjustments to budget constraints under sequestration at an April 23 National Press Club Breakfast.

The Air Force fiscal year 2015 budget is $20 billion less than projected in 2012, requiring significant adjustment, not just making changes "around the edges," Welsh said.

Welsh focused on the decision to eliminate the entire fleet of A-10 fighter planes, saying that cutting a whole fleet was more effective than partially reducing several because cutting a whole fleet saves infrastructure costs.

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Outgoing NTSB chairman uses Press Club Breakfast to advocate for preventive safety

April 21, 2014 | By Joe Sparks |

Deborah Hersman, outgoing chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said proactive solutions to safety problems should be found to prevent accidents before they happen. In a breakfast speech at the National Press Club on April 21, Hersman said that technology is likely to provide the resolution to safety issues.

The primary function of the NSTB “is to investigate to reduce future risk,” Hersman said. “I would like to talk about risk, especially unlikely risks, and why we pay attention to them.”

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McCurry regales Communications and Marketing dinner

April 21, 2014 | By Mike Smith |

Former Clinton Press Secretary Mike McCurry delivered a candid talk at a National Press Club Communications and Marketing Committee dinner April 10 and predicted Hillary Clinton may not run for president in 2016.

McCurry waxed eloquent on aligning faith and politics in today’s Washington and the lack of civility in our discourse.

Veteran communicators asked questions that cut across McCurry’s storied career in Washington.

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