National Press Club

Sept. 23 program offers tips to help make Facebook work for you

September 15, 2014 | By Donna Leinwand Leger | dleinwand@usatoday.com

Learn how to use Facebook to bolster your reporting and your brand with Don Seymour, Facebook’s politics and government outreach manager, at a class on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

This hour-long class begins at 10 a.m. and includes an overview of Facebook and the resources it offers to journalists. Seymour will cover how to create an effective public page, and will review best practices, including how to break news and engage with your audience.

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New nonviolence campaign to announce launch at Sept. 18 Newsmaker

September 15, 2014 | By Aric Caplan | aric@caplancommunications.com,

Campaign Nonviolence, a newly formed movement to build a culture of peace through the practice of active nonviolence, will formally announce its launch at a Club Newsmaker on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. in the Broadcast Operations Center.

Scheduled speakers include former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio; Ken Butigan and John Dear from Pace e Bene; Rev. Lennox Yearwood from the Hip Hop Caucus; and Marie Dennis from Pax Christi International.

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New Kennedy Center president to speak at Oct. 15 Luncheon

September 15, 2014 | By Amy Henderson | hendersonae@si.org

The new president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Deborah F. Rutter, will outline her plans for the center’s future at a Club Luncheon on Oct. 15, in the ballroom.

The first woman to serve in this position, Rutter is considered one of the most influential arts administrators in the nation. She previously was executive director of the Seattle Symphony from 1992 to 2003, and then president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association until June of this year.

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Wife of Chinese rights lawyer calls on U.S. to help husband

September 15, 2014 | By Matthew Robertson | mprob7@gmail.com

The wife of a well-known Chinese human rights lawyer asked President Barack Obama to work to bring her husband, Gao Zhisheng, to the U.S. to reunite with his family and receive needed medical treatment.

Geng He, Gao’s wife, and her lawyer, Jared Genser, began several days of meetings in Washington with an address to the Club Sept. 8.

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Veteran broadcast journalist to discuss her guide to living with breast cancer

September 15, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman | nhoffman@press.org

Veteran broadcast journalist Madhulika Sikka will discuss “A Breast Cancer Alphabet,” a book about the experience of having and surviving breast cancer, at a special Breast Cancer Awareness Month event on Monday, Oct. 6, from 6:30-8 p.m.

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Tavis Smiley to discuss his book on Dr. King at Sept. 25 Book Rap

September 11, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman | nhoffman@press.org

Broadcaster Tavis Smiley will discuss his latest book, “Death of a King,” which chronicles the 12 months leading up to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, at a Club Book Rap on Thursday, Sept. 25.

Smiley will sign copies of the book following the discussion. The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the First Amendment Lounge.

Register to attend at http://www.press.org/events/smiley. Tickets are $5 for Club members and $10 for the public. Club members should log in for the promo code.

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Club's podcasts this month to include Fourth Estate Award dinner

September 10, 2014 | By Mike Hempen | mhempen204@comcast.net

Update-1, the Club’s new podcast, will cover the Fourth Estate Award, the Ken Burns luncheon, human evolution, and politics in its next four shows.

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Fourth Estate Award winner Marvin Kalb begins "Legends of Broadcast News" series

September 10, 2014 | By Bill McCloskey | bmcclos325@aol.com

Former television journalist Marvin Kalb, winner of the Club's prestigious Fourth Estate Award in 2006, will be the first guest at the Broadcast Committee's planned series of dinners featuring legends of broadcast news.

He hosts the Kalb Report, which is co-sponsored by the Club.

At the dinner, Kalb will discuss the current crisis in the Ukraine in the Winners Room of the Fourth Estate Restaurant on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m.

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Julia Child's Favorite Baker, Dorie Greenspan, Featured at Nov. 22 Brunch

September 10, 2014 | By Donna Leinwand Leger | dleinwand@usatoday.com

Enjoy a multicourse brunch with Julia Child’s favorite baker, Dorie Greenspan, on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

The brunch will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Greenspan, whose ground-breaking bestseller “Around My French Table” won top accolades, will introduce her newest cookbook, “Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere.” The book explores the universe of French desserts, drawing on seasonal ingredients and adapted for the home cook.

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Mother Jones' David Corn to Speak on Investigative Reporting

September 10, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman | nhoffman@press.org

David Corn, Mother Jones Washington bureau chief and the reporter who broke the story of Mitt Romney appearing to put down 47 percent of Americans, will speak on investigative reporting at a program sponsored by the National Press Club Journalism Institute, the Club's Professional Development Committee and the Washington chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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