National Press Club

Acting Responsibly, as The Washington Post did

Myron Belkind | June 22, 2014

Ever since I began teaching journalism as an adjunct in 1987 in London, I have put three large letters – RAF – on the white boards in the classrooms so that the students see them as they walk in for the first time.

I explained to my first students in London that no, those letters do not stand for the Royal Air Force, but rather they represent what I consider the three tenets of journalism: Responsibility, Accuracy and Fairness.

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Report to the Spring General Membership Meeting

Myron Belkind | May 9, 2014

April is the month of honoring excellence in journalism through the Pulitzer Prizes that are announced at this time of the year.

And it is the theme of excellence and dedication at the National Press Club that I want to recognize in my president's report to the General Membership Meeting today (May 9).

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Honoring Excellence in Journalism

Myron Belkind | April 17, 2014

The day that the Pulitzer Prizes are announced each year is very special for our profession, because they demonstrate the very best that journalism produces.

I always tell my students at The George Washington University to read all the winning entries, because together they have a wealth of exemplary writing and reporting that demonstrate better than any textbook how to achieve excellence.

This year’s Pulitzers maintain that tradition and should make us all proud --- even if we did not win our own Pulitzer – why we chose to pursue that profession.

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Awards Deadline Extended Until April 15

Myron Belkind | April 2, 2014

The deadline for entering the annual National Press Club journalism contest has been extended until April 15. If you’ve been considering sending an entry but have not done so, please send it in now.

The deadline was April 1 but has been extended for two weeks. The transition to online submission of entries has gone smoothly, but the additional time should allow those who have not submitted entries in the new system to get them in. Remember they may also be sent by mail, with a postmark no later than April 15.

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April 1 and March 28: Two special dates for NPC members

Myron Belkind | March 24, 2014

April 1 is the deadline for submitting entries to the annual National Press Club Journalism Awards contest, and March 28 is the 50th anniversary performance at the NPC of blue grass musician Bill Jenkins, this time playing with the Virginia Mountain Boys.

The April 1 deadline for submitting entries for the annual National Press Club Journalism Awards is fast approaching.

Press Club members should be aware of a great opportunity that is available to you because of your membership.

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A Goal for All Members: The 2014 President’s Club

Myron Belkind | March 14, 2014

With the publication of this column today, we are launching a new initiative: the NPC President’s Club Member-Get-A-Member campaign.

The goal is to increase our membership and to monetarily reward and recognize those members who are most successful in recruiting new members.

The campaign also will feature the first ever NPC Committee Membership Recruitment Campaign, with the committee that brings in the most new members receiving a reception in its honor.

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National Press Club recognizes excellence in journalism

Myron Belkind | February 18, 2014

Our reputation as “the world’s leading professional organization for journalists” is epitomized by the achievements of our members and the outreach we do to encourage excellence in our profession through the annual NPC Journalism Awards.

Congratulations to NPC members Alison Fitzgerald, Angela Greiling Keane and Molly McCluskey for their professional successes that reinforce that reputation (and then please read on to get an update on this year’s NPC Journalism Awards competition).

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Inaugural Address

Myron Belkind | January 27, 2014

I want to begin my first message to the NPC members by thanking everyone who helped organize and who attended the International Inaugural Gala on Saturday evening.

A number of persons approached me afterwards to say I should share my inaugural remarks focusing on the future of our profession and the National Press Club with our entire membership.

Here is the text:

Your Excellencies, Distnguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Fellow National Press Club Members…

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Let's Give Our Staff Some Holiday Thanks

Angela Greiling Keane | December 9, 2013

All year long, the National Press Club staff works hard to make the Club a great place for members, clients and other guests. Now's the time of year when we get to show our thanks to them for their dedication by donating to the annual employee holiday fund.

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What Have You Done For the Club Lately?

Angela Greiling Keane | November 8, 2013

What have you done for the Press Club lately? That's the question I constantly ask myself and that I challenged members to answer this year.

The Club is a lot of things to a lot of people, and the Club wouldn't be what it is without those same people - its members. Member volunteers are what make the Club the vibrant place it is.

I'd like to take an opportunity to thank so many people for answering that question of what you've done for the Club lately by doing so much.

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