National Press Club

Book Fair & Author Night set for Nov. 15

May 12, 2011 | By Julie Schoo | jschoo@press.org

Mark your calendars. The National Press Club’s 34th annual Book Fair & Authors Night will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15.

From this year’s Fourth Estate Award winner, Jim Lehrer, to Harold Holzer to Roy Peter Clark, authors who have written biographies, political analyses, cook books, children’s books, novels and cutting-edge non-fiction are beginning to reserve their places.

The event will raise money for the Eric Freidheim National Journalism Library’s professional training programs, college scholarships and awards for journalistic excellence.

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Head of African Diaspora Summit to explain event, 3 pm May 18

May 12, 2011 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

Amb. Mbulelo Rakwena, coordinator of the 2012 African Diaspora Summit, will discuss preparations for the event at a Newsmaker at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 18.

The summit, which will be held in South Africa, will bring together African diaspora leaders in government, business, academia, arts and civil society with their counterparts on the African continent.

The meeting will focus on the launch of "bankable projects" and other initiatives to support the African Union's decision to declare the diaspora Africa's "sixth region."

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Team of homeless runners to compete in 5K

May 12, 2011 | By Melissa Charbonneau | charbonneau.melissa@gmail.com

A group of runners from the organization Back on My Feet will compete in the National Press Club 5K on Saturday, June 11.

The nonprofit promotes self-sufficiency for the homeless by engaging them in running to build confidence, strength and self-esteem.

The team members come from an organization called Clean and Sober Streets, which provides free, long-term residential drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation services.

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Fourth Estate hosts American Craft Beer Week, May 16 - 22

May 12, 2011 | By Micayla Diener | mdiener@press.org

The Fourth Estate will participate in American Craft Beer Week from May 16 through May 22.

Flights of three distinct styles of Flying Dog will be served during lunch and dinner for $15, accompanied with tasting notes to guide your palette as you enjoy these finely crafted artisanal ales.

Flying Dog Brewery, your local and world-class American Craft Brewery, wants you to declare your beer independence! Across the nation next week, craft brewers are asking people to join the growing movement of support for outstanding independent craft beer brewed in the United States.

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Club Rewind: Ridge, Giuliani, World Press Freedom Day

May 11, 2011 | By Ryan Howell | rhowell@press.org

In this week's edition of Press Club Rewind, former Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge, author Richard North Patterson and Kim Lawton, managing editor of Religion and Ethics, discuss Osama bin Laden's death; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani criticizes American foreign policy; the Club plays host to World Press Freedom Day; and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed argues for federal assistance for urban transportation infrastructure.

Press Club Rewind is a weekly video series about National Press Club events presented by the Club's Broadcast Committee.

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Beyond point-and-shoot: Producing Web video, 8:30 am May 13

May 11, 2011 | By Nicole Nottingham | nnottingham@press.org

Reporters or communication specialists with new responsibilities for adding a video component to their Web postings, whether it’s an interview clip or a longer packaged piece, can learn how to produce quality Web video in a two-part workshop beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 13.

Part I of the workshop, sponsored by the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Part II will run from 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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Explore digital, social public relations, 8:30 am May 20

May 11, 2011 | By Joshua Funk | jfunk@press.org

The latest techniques and technologies in digital and social public relations will be the subject of a half-day conference at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 20, in the First Amendment Lounge.

The cost is $155 for National Press Club members and $185 for non-members. To see a calendar of the series and register, please visit www.press.org/prsmart. To obtain the code for the Club member discount, please contact Joshua Funk at jfunk@press.org.

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Former national security adviser to analyze impact of Bin Laden death, May 16 luncheon

May 9, 2011 | By Pat Milton | miltonp@cbsnews.com

Gen. James L. Jones (ret.), former national security adviser for the Obama administration, will address a National Press Club luncheon on Monday, May 16.

Jones, a retired four-star general, will analyze the impact of Osama bin Laden's death on Al-Qaeda and on U.S.-Pakistan relations. He also will discuss the strategic goals of the United States in the dynamic Middle East, with an emphasis on Libya, Iran, Egypt, Syria, Israel, Palestine and northern Africa.

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Author, documentary producer Rick Beyer to introduce new book, 6:30 pm June 14

May 9, 2011 | By Emily S. Whitten | ewhitten@law.gwu.edu

Rick Beyer will introduce his new book, "The Greatest Music Stories Never Told: 100 Tales From Music History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy," at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, in the conference rooms.

Reservations are required and may be made at opus@press.org or by calling 202-662-7523. There is a $5.00 charge for non-members.

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Author's Al-Qaeda nukes thriller becomes more timely after Bin Laden death

May 5, 2011 | By Joseph Luchok | joseph.luchok@verizon.net

Richard North Patterson's latest book, "The Devil's Night," focuses on a subject that suddenly has become even more timely in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan -- a plot to steal a nuclear bomb from Pakistan and detonate it on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

“I use fiction to try to address national and international issues”, Patterson said at a National Press Club event on May 4.

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