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Now An Author, Former NPC President Gil Klein Discusses His New Book

After nearly 35 years as a daily newspaper reporter, including more than 20 as a national correspondent in Washington, and after a successful run as a journalism professor at American University, former NPC President Gil Klein has added to his list of accomplishments. He's now an author. In this version of Update-1, Klein talks with Board of Governors member Molly McCluskey about his new book, "Trouble in Lafayette Square: Assassination, Protest & Murder at the White House." They discuss...


A Firsthand Account Of What It's Like Covering The Trump Administration

On this edition of Update One, Bloomberg News White House Correspondent Margaret Talev, who is concluding her year as president of the White House Correspondents Association, discusses how to do your job when the President of the United States disses the news media at every rally and his fans scream at the reporters in the press row. She describes life in the White House's cramped press center and how far to go in correcting misstatements from high places. Talev reported for newspapers from...


2018 Aerospace Media Dinner Presents Journalism Excellence Awards

The annual Aerospace Media Dinner was held this year at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London on July 15, the eve of the biennial Farnborough International Air Show. NPC Broadcast/Podcast Team member Adam Konowe, head of the judging panel, was at the event, which was founded by industry veteran Peter Bradfield. Konowe interviewed Bradfield two days later at the show to recap what occurred.


President Trump's Bombshell Interview With The Sun Newspaper

There’s seldom a week that’s not memorable under the Trump White House. President Trump’s visit to the UK in mid-July was one of those moments. In an exclusive interview with The Sun tabloid, Trump broke with all diplomatic etiquette, heavily criticizing his host, British Prime Minister Theresa May, just as she wined and dined the Trumps at an elaborate black-tie dinner. Tom Newton Dunn, political editor at The Sun, conducted the bombshell interview. He tells Broadcast/Podcast Committee...


Teaching Young People How To Distinguish Between Fact And Fiction

It's a question everyone grapples with -- how do you know if something you see or hear on social media is true? Erin McNeill founded Media Literacy Now, which prepares young people to be thoughtful, safe and effective consumers and creators of media in the digital age. On this episode of Update-1, McNeill and Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Irv Chapman discuss how to teach web-addicted young people how to tell the difference between fact and fiction.


What's Next After The Historic North Korea Summit?

What happens next following last month's summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un? They signed a letter with four primary provisions -- renewed security for North Korea, renewal of peaceful relations, denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and North Korean commitment to recovering Prisoner of War and Missing in Action remains. In this edition of Update-1, Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Lincoln Smith talks with David Maxwell, a 30-year veteran of the U.S....


NPC Member Leone Lakhani Discusses Conflict Zones, Natural Disasters And Press Freedom Overseas

The death of Osama Bin Laden, the Israeli-Lebanon war, political uprisings in Pakistan and the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan are just some of the major international stories Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Leone Lakhani has covered during her career as a network senior producer and correspondent. In this edition of Update-1, she talks with fellow committee member Mike Hempen about reporting from conflict zones, covering natural disasters, the biggest threats she has faced and press...


Investigative Journalism Then And Now

Investigative journalism has a long history in the United States, from scandal to significant public service. On this edition of Update-1, Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Irv Chapman talks with Mark Feldstein, who for 20 years was an award-winning investigative reporter for CNN, ABC News and local stations. He's now the chair of broadcast journalism at the University of Maryland. Feldstein discusses the high cost of good journalism, the motivation of those who leak information to...


The Life Of A Journalist In Syria

The Syrian conflict has taken a truly devastating human toll, killing nearly a half-million people and leaving millions of refugees stranded around the world. In this Update-1 podcast, Broadcast/Podcast team member Ruqaiyah Najjar talks with Syrian American journalist Rasha Elass about what is considered one of the worst conflicts of modern times. Elass reported on the conflict as a civilian’ embed and discusses the media portrayal of a polarized political crisis, and why the demise of the...


Putting Journalists To Work At Local Papers

While several major newspapers have found a new source of revenue from digital subscribers far from their home base, local newspapers are hurting as subscribers and advertisers flee. To survive, they are cutting staffs to the bone. An organization called Report for America has been created to finance one-year stipends for professional journalists who would like the experience of working for a local paper. Applications from both reporters and editors have flooded in. On this edition of the...


Updating The Press Freedom Cases Of Four Journalists Honored By The NPC

The NPC recognized World Press Freedom Day on May 3 with a news conference updating the latest developments in the cases of four journalists who have received one of the Club’s highest honors, the John Aubuchon Press Freedom award. The information from that event is the focus of this edition of Update-1, hosted by Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Ruqaiyah Najjar. Emilio Gutierrez, a Mexican journalist, has been held in the El Paso Processing Center since December. The Club is one of...


Little To Celebrate In This Year's World Press Freedom Index

Hostility towards journalists and the news media is escalating dramatically worldwide, led by political leaders and authoritarian regimes, according to the latest World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders on April 25. In this episode of Update-1, NPC member Viola Gienger, a journalist who has reported from more than 30 countries and supported independent media in the former Soviet Union and the Balkans, interviews Margaux Ewan, the North America director for Reporters...


Few Challenges To A Limited Press Freedom In China

On this edition of Update One, broadcast journalist and National Press Club member Irv Chapman examines the role of the press in China. Robert Daly, director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, discusses the limited range of press freedom allowed to both Chinese and foreign journalists. Daly says a "vibrant" Chinese press can print and broadcast a wide range of information and entertainment, as long as it does not challenge the agenda set by the...


Head Of Ukraine’s Independent Association Of Broadcasters Discusses Press Freedom Threats

Ukrainian journalists trying to deliver news about their country’s existential struggles with aggression from Russia and corruption at home are facing their own battles: oligarchic control of media, increasing restrictions on press freedom and even attacks on journalists. In this episode of Update-1, NPC member Viola Gienger, a journalist who has trained and consulted for independent media in Ukraine and across the region, interviews Kateryna Myasnikova, executive director of the...


Author And Correspondent Peggy Orchowski Discusses The History Of Immigration In The U.S.

As National Guard troops are deployed along the Mexico border to fight illegal immigration, Update-1 examines the issue of immigration. Peggy Orchowski is a credentialed Congressional correspondent for Hispanic Outloook Magazine, based in Washington, D.C. She's also senior correspondent for The Georgetowner. A 19-year member of the National Press Club, she has authored "Immigration and the American Dream: Battling the Political Hype and Hysteria" and "The Law That Changed The Face of...


The 50-Year History Of "60 Minutes"

It's one of the most successful programs in television history, and on March 27 the 50-year history of "60 Minutes" was recognized at the National Press Club. "60 Minutes" Executive Producer Jeff Fager and Correspondent Bill Whitaker discussed the show's past and future in a discussion that was moderated by former CBS Radio Network News General Manager and NPC Board member Michael Freedman. This episode of Update-1 features part of that conversation.


USAF Public Affairs Restrictions to Hinder Press Coverage

New training requirements for U.S. Air Force public affairs officials and their commanders could have a chilling effect not just on investigative journalism, but on more benign coverage as well. In this edition of Update-1, NPC Broadcast/Podcast Team member Adam Konowe interviews Jill Aitoro, executive editor of Defense News about this development, one in a series undertaken by the Defense Department in the last year and a half. Aitoro also addresses the potential development of a...


A Conversation With Former NBC Reporter and White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen

After serving as war correspondent for NBC News during the Vietnam conflict and later as the network's Washington D.C. correspondent in the 1970s, Ron Nessen moved on to become press secretary for President Gerald Ford from 1974-1977. In this edition of Update-1, NPC Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Lincoln Smith interviews Nessen about his books, “It Sure Looks Different From the Inside” and “Making the News, Taking the News.” Whether discussing his near fatal wounding while in Vietnam...


Update-1 Reaches 100 Episodes

In October, 2013 the first Update-1 podcast was published. Since then it has been an integral part of the National Press Club, giving a voice to issues pertaining to press freedom, journalism and communication. Now, a little more than four years later, we're celebrating our 100th episode. IN this edition Broadcast/Podcast Committee co-vice chairs Mike Hempen and Adam Konowe look back at ten podcasts that exemplify what Update-1 has become. Since the beginning of Update-1, committee members...


Dinner At The Press Club With The Iraqi Ambassador To The United States

Iraq's ambassador to the U.S. says Iraqi forces could not have defeated the Islamic State group without help from the U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops. In this edition of Update-1, Fareed Yasseen tells Press Club President Jeff Ballou that the battle with ISIS militants has been a transformative experience that has given the country a new spirit. He also describes the press as the "great equalizer" in the struggle to bring democracy to areas where it doesn't exist much, if at...