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Tune into the National Press Club's Update-1 podcast for insight into news, politics, entertainment and sports.






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...


A One-On-One With Washington Post Award-Winning Columnist Michelle Singletary

Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary says regardless of income level, the key to successful money management is living below your means. In an Update-1 interview with Bankrate.com senior economic analyst and former NPC President Mark Hamrick, Singletary discusses why even high wage earners have money problems. She talks growing up in Baltimore and being taken in by her grandmother, who taught her valuable financial lessons. She explains the role her grandmother played in the start...


NPC Member Irv Chapman Talks About His More Than 50 Years In The Business

National Press Club member and Bloomberg Radio Washington reporter Irv Chapman reviews his more than 50 years of broadcast network news reporting for Radio Press International, six bureaus of ABC, and now Bloomberg in a new Update-1 interview with Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Bill McCloskey. From the ease of covering the Kennedy White House to the rigors of reporting from Moscow and the side trips to cover former President Harry Truman and Japan's Emperor Hirohito, Chapman describes...


Trade Media Covering A Global Event

The biennial Salon du Bourget or Paris Air Show is recognized as one of the world's largest industry events. For one week, thousands of reporters descend on the show in search of relevant news. In the bustling media center, NPC broadcast/podcast team member Adam Konowe interviews Thomas Withington, editor of two trade publications, Armada International and Asian Military Review. The conversation covers how reporters approach large events like this, as well as how their publications work,...


Aerospace Media Awards Recognize Excellence In Journalism

The annual Aerospace Media Awards dinner was held this year at the Aéro Club de France on June 18, the eve of the Paris 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. The following day, Konowe interviewed Bradfield and his celebrity host, Scottish comedian Fred Macaulay, in the Paris Air Show media center. Topics included how the awards are judged, sponsored and perceived, as well...


Reviewing The Clinton Campaign With The Author Of A New York Times Best Seller

Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign was an example of poor organization and ineffective messaging. So says Amie Parnes, the co-author of "Shattered," the number one New York Times best-seller about the Clinton campaign. She joins Gallup Managing Editor and NPC Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Art Swift on Update-1. Their discussion includes where the campaign stumbled, how outside influences may have played a role in the election outcome and why Clinton remains in the spotlight.


Foreign Policy In The Trump Administration

President Trump faces a multitude of foreign policy challenges in the early months of his administration. From interacting with G-7 leaders to tension with NATO to relations with Asia, we explore what has happened since January and what to expect in the months, and years, to come. We ask, what are the foreign policy situations the media isn't covering, and what else should the Trump White House be focusing on? Gallup Managing Editor and NPC Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Art Swift...


Space Industry Trends From Trump To Tourism

Two months into the Trump era, much remains unknown about the new administration’s priorities for space and their impact on NASA. However the leadership vacuum at NASA and elsewhere in government stands in stark contrast to the bold plans of private-sector leaders, such as Elon Musk of SpaceX and Jeff Bezos of Blue Origin. Will these entrepreneurs deliver humans to lunar orbit and even Mars in the coming years, or will their ambitious plans fail to achieve escape velocity? And how have...