National Press Club

The National Press Club: Your Press Club

"The sanctum sanctorum of American journalists…It's the Westminster Hall, it's Delphi, it's Mecca, the wailing wall (for) everyone in this country having to do with the news business; the only hallowed place I know of that's absolutely bursting with irreverence."
Eric Sevareid, Former CBS Commentator
Speaking about the National Press Club

"It's got a grand tradition. Ever since I was a kid deciding to become a reporter at age 16 I have wanted to be able to belong to the National Press Club. Now that I've joined I feel like I've arrived."
Alison Bethel McKenzie
Executive Director
International Press Institute (IPI)

"There are so many great things about the Club: It's a magnet for events where news happens. Plus it ensures I never have to worry about a decent place to take a source to lunch or hold a meeting, or use a weight room and fitness center without having to stand in line."
Clarence Page, nationally syndicated columnist and Chicago Tribune editorial board member

The National Press Club was founded in March 1908 to promote free press and provide benefits to journalists. Today the club boasts membership of nearly 4,000, from bureau chiefs to cub reporters, from journalism professors to first-year students. In addition, the club includes public relations professionals and others who deal with the media on a regular basis. We have members in all 50 states and overseas.

The NPC has a lot to offer, whether you live and work in the D.C. Metropolitan Area or elsewhere.

Resident Member Benefits

Career Enhancement
  • Let the staff of the Eric Friedheim Library assist you with your research
  • Use your NPC Directory of Membership to contact colleagues
  • Get involved and meet other members via the Club’s committees covering areas such as Professional Development, Communications and Marketing and Freedom of the Press
  • Enhance your knowledge for less by taking classes at the National Press Club Journalism Institute; topics include Writing for the Web, Write Tight, Tracking the Air Wars: Who Buys Campaign Airtime and Get PR Smart
  • Network with fellow members at Meet the Press Club held every other month in the Games room at the Reliable Source
Professional Opportunities
  • Attend VIP receptions and get one-on-one access to NPC Luncheon speakers
  • Take advantage of complimentary seats at the Membership table for any NPC Luncheon
  • Be one of the reporters on the dais for an NPC Luncheon
  • Get access to the exclusive NPC Newsmakers series
  • Be involved in NPC professional development activities which include the Journalism Bootcamp, Book Fair & Author’s Night and monthly social media classes
  • Join our Young Members Committee for its Media on Tap series headlining journalism luminaries such as Tom Brokaw and Christiane Amanpour. In addition attend Piano Lessons featuring local leaders in both journalism and communications
  • Take advantage of the NPC's reciprocal agreements with 50 clubs around the country and the world — including some with overnight accommodations
  • Use the Club’s business center as your downtown office, wireless access available throughout the facility
Special Offers
  • Join the State Department Federal Credit Union, open to all NPC members, and take advantage of their quality financial services and competitive rates
  • Purchase tickets to the NPC Luncheons at the member rate. The Club Luncheons Series is one of the most prestigious and influential news venues in the United States
  • Not able to attend a luncheon? Get a free transcript or join in via streaming video, both free to NPC members
  • Take advantage of deals on NPC Book and Author Events
  • Benefit from special pricing on room rentals at the NPC
  • Shape up with discounted health club dues at all Washington Sports Clubs
  • Healthcare Plans by Affinity Group Underwriters
  • Discounted consulting and training for media and communications professionals
  • Discounted tickets to Blues Alley
  • Complimentary evening and weekend parking for members dining at the Fourth Estate and Reliable Source restaurants
  • Two complimentary guests passes each year
  • Discounted tickets to local theaters and sporting events
Outstanding Social Events
  • Take part in the Club's Wine Dinner series and other social events including Pub Quiz, Dinner & a Movie and themed buffets
  • Join the Travel Committee on regional, national and international trips. Recent events and/or destinations have included Hershey, Pa., the Preakness in Baltimore, a tour of wineries in Virginia and theater in New York, as well as San Juan, Prague, Vienna and Northern Spain.
  • Run or walk in the annual NPC 5K (3 miles) — get the chance to win great prizes and support the Ellen Persina Scholarship Fund, which provides college scholarships for minority students who aspire to careers in journalism.
  • Join us every morning in the Reliable Source for a complimentary breakfast buffet and each Friday evening for the free taco buffet
  • Work out in the NPC Fitness Center which include free sessions with the Club’s personal trainer
  • Entertain at the Fourth Estate, the Club’s fine dining restaurant and look for special events, including Restaurant Week

Non-Resident Member Benefits

Think there's no benefit to joining the NPC unless you're in Washington, DC? Think again!

Career Enhancement
  • Network with colleagues by using the interactive, online NPC Membership Directory
  • Enhance your resume with an NPC membership, which instantly sets you apart from the other candidates
Resources to help you work smarter, not harder
  • Let the staff of the Eric Friedheim Library assist you with your research over the phone and via e-mail
  • Submit questions for luncheon speakers in advance, via the NPC website
  • Watch streaming video of any NPC luncheon on the website — a free benefit offered only to members
  • Download transcripts of NPC events for free from the NPC website
Special Offers
  • Book overnight accommodations at the Cosmos Club when visiting Washington. Receive the fixed NPC rate
  • Receive a 20% discount off of the daily rate at the W Washington Hotel
  • Join the State Department Federal Credit Union, open to all NPC members, and take advantage of their quality financial services and competitive rates
  • Healthcare Plans by Affinity Group Underwriters
  • Discounted consulting and training for media and communications professionals
  • Two complimentary guests passes each year
Make the Club your home base when you’re in Washington, DC
  • Use the Club’s business center as your office, wireless access available throughout the facility as well as two local phone lines
  • Reserve the library conference room at no charge for private meetings or personal work space
  • Access to the library featuring quiet work space, three desktop computers with internet, Bloomberg and Reuters wire service and numerous newspapers and magazines
  • Casual and affordable meals at The Reliable Source including complimentary breakfast every weekday morning and the free taco buffet every Friday evening
  • Relax in the Truman Lounge and enjoy the media wall of televisions to keep up on breaking news
Other amenities to make your stay enjoyable
  • Fine dining at The Fourth Estate Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Games room
Let the NPC Help You When You're Traveling
  • Take advantage of the NPC's reciprocal agreements with 50 press clubs around the country and the world - including many with overnight accommodations
  • The Eric Friedheim Library research staff is always just a phone call or e-mail away
  • With members all over the country and the world, you've always got a local contact, wherever you are