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Tune in to the Update-1 audio podcast for insight into news, politics, entertainment and sports. A production of the National Press Club, Update-1 provides a forum for listeners to learn more about newsworthy stories originating from the Club's facilities, as well as broader topics related to journalism, communications, freedom and transparency. For straightforward insight beyond the headlines, turn to Update-1.

  • Investigative Journalism Then And Now
    Investigative Journalism Then And Now

    June 17, 2018

    Investigative journalism has a long history in the United States, from scandal to significant public service. On this edition of Update-1, Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Irv Chapman talks with Mark Feldstein, who for 20 years was an award-winning investigative reporter for CNN, ABC News and local stations. He's now the chair of broadcast journalism at the University of Maryland. Feldstein discusses the high cost of good journalism, the motivation of those who leak information to reporters and the government officials who seek to prosecute the leakers.

    Listen Now | 16 Minutes

  • The Life Of A Journalist In Syria
    The Life Of A Journalist In Syria

    June 4, 2018

    Now entering its eighth year, the Syrian conflict has taken a truly devastating human toll, killing nearly a half-million people and leaving millions of refugees stranded around the world. In this Update-1 podcast, Broadcast/Podcast team member Ruqaiyah Najjar talks with Syrian American journalist Rasha Elass about what is considered one of the worst conflicts of modern times. Elass reported on the conflict as a civilian’ embed and discusses the media portrayal of a polarized political crisis, and why the demise of the Islamic State is not enough to pave the way for peace.

    Listen Now | 19 Minutes

  • Putting Journalists To Work At Local Papers
    Putting Journalists To Work At Local Papers

    May 23, 2018

    While several major newspapers have found a new source of revenue from digital subscribers far from their home base, local newspapers are hurting as subscribers and advertisers flee. To survive, they are cutting staffs to the bone. An organization called Report for America has been created to finance one-year stipends for professional journalists who would like the experience of working for a local paper. Applications from both reporters and editors have flooded in.

    Listen Now | 16 Minutes

  • Updating The Press Freedom Cases Of Four Journalists Honored By The NPC
    Updating The Press Freedom Cases Of Four Journalists Honored By The NPC

    May 11, 2018

    The NPC recognized World Press Freedom Day on May 3 with a news conference updating the latest developments in the cases of four journalists who have received one of the Club’s highest honors, the John Aubuchon Press Freedom award. The information from that event is the focus of this edition of Update-1, hosted by Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Ruqaiyah Najjar.

    Listen Now | 19 Minutes

  • Little To Celebrate In This Year's World Press Freedom Index
    Little To Celebrate In This Year's World Press Freedom Index

    May 3, 2018

    Hostility towards journalists and the news media is escalating dramatically worldwide, led by political leaders and authoritarian regimes, according to the latest World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders on April 25. In this episode of Update-1, NPC member Viola Gienger, a journalist who has reported from more than 30 countries and supported independent media in the former Soviet Union and the Balkans, interviews Margaux Ewen, the North America director for Reporters Without Borders. Ewen discusses how the U.S.

    Listen Now | 12 Minutes

  • Chinese Press Freedom In The Spotlight
    Chinese Press Freedom In The Spotlight

    April 30, 2018

    On this edition of Update One, broadcast journalist and National Press Club member Irv Chapman examines the role of the press in China. Robert Daly, director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, discusses the limited range of press freedom allowed both Chinese and foreign journalists. Daly says a "vibrant" Chinese press can print and broadcast a wide range of information and entertainment, as long as it does not challenge the agenda set by the regime.

    Listen Now | 15 Minutes

  • Head Of Ukraine’s Independent Association Of Broadcasters Discusses Press Freedom Threats
    Head Of Ukraine’s Independent Association Of Broadcasters Discusses Press Freedom Threats

    April 24, 2018

    Ukrainian journalists trying to deliver news about their country’s existential struggles with aggression from Russia and corruption at home are facing their own battles: oligarchic control of media, increasing restrictions on press freedom and even attacks on journalists.

    Listen Now | 17 Minutes

  • Author And Correspondent Peggy Orchowski Discusses The History Of Immigration In The U.S.
    Author And Correspondent Peggy Orchowski Discusses The History Of Immigration In The U.S.

    April 13, 2018

    As National Guard troops are deployed along the Mexico border to fight illegal immigration, Update-1 examines the issue of immigration. Peggy Orchowski is a credentialed Congressional correspondent for Hispanic Outloook Magazine, based in Washington, D.C. She's also senior correspondent for The Georgetowner.

    Listen Now | 23 Minutes

  • The 50-Year History Of "60 Minutes"
    The 50-Year History Of "60 Minutes"

    April 8, 2018

    It's one of the most successful programs in television history, and on March 27 the 50-year history of "60 Minutes" was recognized at the National Press Club. "60 Minutes" Executive Producer Jeff Fager and Correspondent Bill Whitaker discussed the show's past and future in a discussion that was moderated by former CBS Radio Network News General Manager and NPC Board member Michael Freedman. This episode of Update-1 features part of that conversation.

    Listen Now | 19 Minutes

  • USAF Public Affairs Restrictions to Hinder Press Coverage
    USAF Public Affairs Restrictions to Hinder Press Coverage

    March 20, 2018

    New training requirements for U.S. Air Force public affairs officials and their commanders could have a chilling effect not just on investigative journalism, but on more benign coverage as well. In this edition of Update-1, NPC Broadcast/Podcast Team member Adam Konowe interviews Jill Aitoro, executive editor of Defense News about this development, one in a series undertaken by the Defense Department in the last year and a half.

    Listen Now | 20 Minutes