National Press Club

Club Institute draws big sponsors for Fourth Estate Award Gala, Nov. 29

October 23, 2018 | By Lindsay Underwood |

The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the Club’s non-profit affiliate, has collected nearly $50,000 in sponsor donations so far for this year’s Fourth Estate Award Gala. The annual event serves as a fundraiser for the Institute and celebrates journalistic achievement and press freedom.

This year’s Gala will be Thursday, Nov. 29, beginning with a reception in the Holeman Lounge at 6:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and awards program in the ballroom at 7 p.m. Club members can purchase up to two tickets at the discounted rate of $195 per person. Other tickets, including those for non-members, cost $300 each. Reservations are required, and can be made online here.

Executive editors Marty Baron of The Washington Post and Dean Baquet of The New York Times are the joint recipients of this year’s Fourth Estate Award, the top honor bestowed on journalists by the Club's Board of Governors. Previous winners have included Andrea Mitchell, Bob Woodward, Jim Lehrer, Christiane Amanpour, Michael Wilbon, Tony Kornheiser, Walter Cronkite, Gwen Ifill and Tom Brokaw.

The Gala will also honor the national and international winners of the 2018 Aubuchon Press Freedom Award, which recognizes people whose work and lives have advanced the cause of press freedom and transparency.

This year’s top sponsors include:

Bloomberg News (Platinum level sponsor): $20,000
Al Jazeera English (Gold level sponsor): $10,000
NCTA (Gold level sponsor): $10,000
Toyota (Silver level sponsor): $5,000
Brown Capital Management (Silver level sponsor): $5,000
ESPN (Bronze level sponsor): $1,000

If you or your organization would like to sponsor this event or place an ad in the program booklet, please contact William McCarren at

About the National Press Club Journalism Institute:

The National Press Club Journalism Institute is the non-profit affiliate of the National Press Club, and provides innovative, practical training to journalists and communications professionals. It offers a broad range of professional development programs focusing on high standards, ethical conduct and best practices in a rapidly changing media environment. In addition, the Institute strives to shine a light on barriers to press freedom in the U.S. and abroad and works to leverage the Club’s unique presence and resources to highlight global press freedom issues.