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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.

  • Reporting From A Conflict Zone: A Talk With The AP's Kathy Gannon
    Reporting From A Conflict Zone: A Talk With The AP's Kathy Gannon

    July 21, 2015

    The Middle East is becoming increasingly dangerous for journalists, and in this edition of Update-1 we hear from a correspondent who risks her life to tell stories from that region. Kathy Gannon has been covering Afghanistan and Pakistan for The Associated Press for nearly 30 years and was severely wounded last year when an Afghan police officer opened fire on her vehicle. Her colleague, AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus, was killed in that incident.

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  • News Coverage Differences Between For-Profit And Nonprofit Organizations
    News Coverage Differences Between For-Profit And Nonprofit Organizations

    July 7, 2015

    NPC members Shannon Fisher and Lisa Matthews discuss communications strategies for nonprofit organizations in this episode of Update-1. As vice president at Hager Sharp, a public relations firm representing mostly nonprofit clients, Matthews has a unique and well-rounded perspective on the topic. Prior to joining Hager Sharp, she was on the receiving end of nonprofit communications as a planning editor and assignment manager for The Associated Press.

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  • Convergence A Dominant Social Media Trend
    Convergence A Dominant Social Media Trend

    June 29, 2015

    This edition of Update-1 NPC member Stephanie Gailhard interviews Anthony Shop, chief strategy officer and co-founder of Social Driver. The digital agency launches websites and runs social media campaigns. The Agency 100 recognized it as the 7th fastest growing agency in the United States.

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  • Aviation Journalism: Live from the Paris Air Show
    Aviation Journalism: Live from the Paris Air Show

    June 17, 2015

    On location at the biennial Paris Air Show, the aviation industry's largest trade show, NPC member Adam Konowe interviews Aviation International News editor Charles Alcock. Topics covered include producing convention news in real time, the impact of digital on news gathering and distribution, civil and military aviation announcements at the show, as well as the evolution in industry and government reportage.

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  • NPC Steps Up Its Role in Press Freedom Fight
    NPC Steps Up Its Role in Press Freedom Fight

    June 2, 2015

    The National Press Club has taken its fight for press freedom to a new level. In this edition of Update-1, NPC President John Hughes explains to Broadcast Committee Vice Chair Adam Konowe why the club is uniquely positioned to fight for press freedom. Hughes says attacks on the press can impede journalists from getting the necessary information to inform the public and prevent citizens from getting public information from elected officials.

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  • Former C-SPAN CEO and "Broadcast Legends" Honoree Brian Lamb Doubts The Network Would Be Given The Green Light Today
    Former C-SPAN CEO and "Broadcast Legends" Honoree Brian Lamb Doubts The Network Would Be Given The Green Light Today

    May 11, 2015

    Brian Lamb is the retired CEO of the C-SPAN network and is credited with inventing the public affairs cable channels. In this edition of Update-1, Brian Lamb talks about why the industry probably wouldn’t give C-SPAN a green light if it were proposed for the first time today, and how it might be affected by a move to “a-la-carte” cable service.

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  • Which Mic Is The Right One For A Reporter?
    Which Mic Is The Right One For A Reporter?

    May 4, 2015

    Far and away the most important piece of equipment for any broadcast journalist is the microphone. Join us for the latest NPC podcast to learn why the omnidirectional has been the field mic of choice for reporters since the 1930s.

    Microphone expert John Holt joins radio reporter and NPC member Jennifer Strong in New York City to demonstrate a variety of the most used mics in the business under some tough recording conditions, including the main hall of Grand Central Station and the windy New York Harbor.

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  • White House Correspondent And NPC Member Connie Lawn Discusses Her New Autobiography
    White House Correspondent And NPC Member Connie Lawn Discusses Her New Autobiography

    March 31, 2015

    She's the longest serving White House reporter, having covered that beat for nearly a half-century. And now National Press Club member Connie Lawn has published a new autobiography, "You Wake Me Each Morning: The Final Chapter." Lawn talks about the book and her distinguished career with veteran Press Club member Irv Chapman in this edition of Update-1, the National Press Club's podcast. Lawn talks about the time she met Nelson Mandela and he told her he listened to her radio reports while in prison.

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  • Freelancers Becoming A Larger Share Of The American Workforce
    Freelancers Becoming A Larger Share Of The American Workforce

    March 10, 2015

    There are currently an estimated 53-million freelance workers in the United States, making up about one-third of the total workforce. By 2020 freelancers are expected to account for about half of the U.S. workforce. Why the surge in freelance workers? And what are some recommendations for full-time workers who want to become freelancers? In this edition of Update-1, Broadcast Committee member Ufuoma Otu talks to National Press Club member Tam Harbert, the chair of the Freelance Committee, about the challenges freelance journalists face and what makes a freelancer successful.

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  • With Republicans In Control, What Can We Expect From Capitol Hill The Rest Of This Year?
    With Republicans In Control, What Can We Expect From Capitol Hill The Rest Of This Year?

    February 20, 2015

    The Keystone XL Pipeline and immigration reform already have made news, but with Republicans controlling both the House and Senate, what are some of the other national issues we'll hear about this year? In this edition if Update-1, Broadcast Committee member Ufuoma Otu talks with Jim McElhatton, a former Washington Times reporter who recently joined an investigative firm, about the legislative outlook for the remainder of 2015.

    Listen Now | 10 Minutes