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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.

  • 2018 Aerospace Media Dinner Presents Journalism Excellence Awards
    2018 Aerospace Media Dinner Presents Journalism Excellence Awards

    July 31, 2018

    The annual Aerospace Media Dinner was held this year at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London on July 15, the eve of the biennial Farnborough International Air Show. NPC Broadcast/Podcast Team member Adam Konowe, head of the judging panel, was at the event, which was founded by industry veteran Peter Bradfield. Konowe interviewed Bradfield two days later at the show to recap what occurred.

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  • A Firsthand Account Of President Trump's Bombshell Interview With The Sun Newspaper
    A Firsthand Account Of President Trump's Bombshell Interview With The Sun Newspaper

    July 26, 2018

    There’s seldom a week that’s not memorable under the Trump White House. President Trump’s visit to the UK in mid-July was one of those moments. In an exclusive interview with The Sun tabloid, Trump broke with all diplomatic etiquette, heavily criticizing his host, British Prime Minister Theresa May, just as she wined and dined the Trumps at an elaborate black-tie dinner. Tom Newton Dunn, political editor at The Sun, conducted the bombshell interview. He tells Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Leone Lakhani about it, on the line from London.

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  • Distinguishing Between Fact And Fiction
    Distinguishing Between Fact And Fiction

    July 21, 2018

    How do you know if something you see or hear on social media is true? Erin McNeill founded Media Literacy Now, which prepares young people to be thoughtful, safe and effective consumers and creators of media in the digital age. On this episode of Update-1, McNeill and Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Irv Chapman discuss her organization's effort to make media literacy a part of K-12 curricula across the country to provide students with the skills necessary to tell the difference between fact and fiction.

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  • What's Next After The Historic North Korea Summit?
    What's Next After The Historic North Korea Summit?

    July 11, 2018

    What happens next following last month's summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un? They signed a letter with four primary provisions -- renewed security for North Korea, renewal of peaceful relations, denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and North Korean commitment to recovering Prisoner of War and Missing in Action remains. In this edition of Update-1, Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Lincoln Smith talks with David Maxwell, a 30-year veteran of the U.S.

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  • NPC Member Leone Lakhani Discusses Conflict Zones, Natural Disasters And Press Freedom Overseas
    NPC Member Leone Lakhani Discusses Conflict Zones, Natural Disasters And Press Freedom Overseas

    June 28, 2018

    The death of Osama Bin Laden, the Israeli-Lebanon war, political uprisings in Pakistan and the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan are just some of the major international stories Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Leone Lakhani has covered during her career as a network senior producer and correspondent. In this edition of Update-1, she talks with fellow committee member Mike Hempen about reporting from conflict zones, covering natural disasters, the biggest threats she has faced and press freedom in the Middle East and Europe.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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