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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.

  • A First Hand Account Of Reporting On A Major Snafu At The Academy Awards
    A First Hand Account Of Reporting On A Major Snafu At The Academy Awards

    March 26, 2017

    It's considered the biggest snafu in Academy Award show history - a wrong envelope resulting in the wrong film being named "Best Picture" during this year's Oscars telecast. Vanity Fair Hollywood correspondent Rebecca Keegan talks to NPC Broadcast/Podcast Committee Member Veronica Vaquer about what it was like to cover the unfolding story backstage. This was Keegan's 11th time covering the Oscars. She also discusses the reality of doing A-List celebrity profiles and what it's like to co-write a book with iconic film director, comedian, writer, and actor Mel Brooks.

    Listen Now | 17 Minutes

  • Space Industry Trends From Trump To Tourism
    Space Industry Trends From Trump To Tourism

    March 15, 2017

    Two months into the Trump era, much remains unknown about the new administration’s priorities for space and their impact on NASA. However the leadership vacuum at NASA and elsewhere in government stands in stark contrast to the bold plans of private-sector leaders, such as Elon Musk of SpaceX and Jeff Bezos of Blue Origin. Will these entrepreneurs deliver humans to lunar orbit and even Mars in the coming years, or will their ambitious plans fail to achieve escape velocity? And how have technology and politics influenced coverage of the space beat?

    Listen Now | 11 Minutes

  • Using Storytelling To Trigger Change
    Using Storytelling To Trigger Change

    February 27, 2017

    Storytelling has been around for thousands of years, but it’s a practice that’s now widely used by communities and organizations as a way of initiating change at the international, national, state and local levels. Press Club member Kathy Bonk is the Executive Director of the Communications Consortium Media Center, where she’s directly involved with storytelling. In an interview with Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Mike Hempen, she discusses how and why communities use storytelling to empower their residents.

    Listen Now | 18 Minutes

  • The White House Press Corps From Both Sides Of The Lectern
    The White House Press Corps From Both Sides Of The Lectern

    February 16, 2017

    Ron Nessen has seen the relationship between president and press from both sides of the lectern -- in fact, one of his books is titled "It Sure Looks Different from the Inside." As an NBC News Correspondent, Ron covered President Richard Nixon's Vice President Spiro Agnew, who denounced the news media as "nattering nabobs of negativism." He then moved on to cover Gerald Ford when he replaced Agnew, and became White House correspondent when Ford succeeded Nixon. Ford later asked Ron to become his press secretary to deal with controversies such as the Nixon pardon and an economy in recession.

    Listen Now | 16 Minutes

  • The Science Behind Going Viral
    The Science Behind Going Viral

    February 8, 2017

    We often hear about something becoming so popular is goes "viral." But what does that mean and why does it happen? National Press Club member Matthew Ballard discusses this topic with Derek Thompson, senior editor at The Atlantic who writes about economics and media. They discuss the science behind why some songs, books or movies become very popular and why certain headlines get more attention than others. They also talk about Thompson's new book, “Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction.”

    Listen Now | 12 Minutes

  • The Press And Its "Unprecedented" Relationship With The Trump Administration
    The Press And Its "Unprecedented" Relationship With The Trump Administration

    February 1, 2017

    What will the Trump Administration mean for press freedom? And will the media cover the White House differently with Donald Trump as president? Former National Press Club President Angela Greiling Keane, the deputy technology editor for Politico Pro and a former White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, discusses what she describes as the "unprecedented" relationship the press has with the Trump Administration.

    Listen Now | 15 Minutes

  • Journalist And Educator Frank Sesno Discusses The Importance Of Asking The Right Questions
    Journalist And Educator Frank Sesno Discusses The Importance Of Asking The Right Questions

    January 26, 2017

    Questions help all of us communicate and for journalists they are a way of getting the information needed to report the news. But how many of us know how to ask the right questions, whether on the job or in our daily lives? In this episode of Update-1, Bankrate.com Washington Bureau Chief and former National Press Club President Mark Hamrick (@Hamrickisms) interviews Emmy Award-winning journalist Frank Sesno about the value of questions.

    Listen Now | 13 Minutes

  • The Many Benefits Of Joining The National Press Club
    The Many Benefits Of Joining The National Press Club

    December 26, 2016

    The National Press Club offers tons of opportunities for professional development and socializing. With so many ways to take advantage of the Press Club, where should one begin? In this Update-1 podcast, Press Club member Julia Haskins talks to Press Club Board member and Membership Secretary Molly McCluskey about the benefits of joining the organization. Molley shares her insider tips for getting the most out of membership, from connecting with mentors to enjoying free food.

    Listen Now | 16 Minutes

  • Potential Threats To The Internet's Freedom Of Expression
  • Analyzing Media Coverage Of The 2016 Presidential Campaign
    Analyzing Media Coverage Of The 2016 Presidential Campaign

    December 3, 2016

    This edition of Update-1 focuses on the media's failure to predict one of the biggest upsets in political history: Donald Trump's stunning win over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race. Host Violet Ikonomova talks with Poynter.org Managing Editor Ben Mullin about whether the
    reputation of news organizations has taken a hit and what the media can do to better assess the electorate's political sentiment. They also discuss how the public views the coverage the candidates received throughout the campaign.

    Listen Now | 13 Minutes