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A Retired Educator Releases A New Book Describing America As A Divided Nation

In his new book "Divided We Fall" David Sonius argues that it takes an informed and empowered public to keep America great. In this edition of Update-1, Sonius tells Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Irv Chapman that the president isn't as powerful as many Americans think and that many members of Congress withhold their opinions on issues that aren't politically worth discussing. He also believes the current divides stem from culture and political myths and threaten our democratic society.

Duration: 00:16:29

Covering A Solar Eclipse

The solar eclipse on August 21 is not just a boon for scientists, but also an opportunity for citizens and journalists alike. In this Update-1 podcast, NPC Broadcast/Podcast team member Adam Konowe interviews Irene Klotz, space editor at Aviation Week & Space Technology. Klotz discusses why this solar eclipse has generated such widespread attention, as well as other developments in space science. She also explains what it’s been like to cover the space beat for 25 years on behalf of...

Duration: 00:11:29

Communications In The Trump Administration

The recent high profile departures from the Trump administration have some Americans questioning whether the White House is in chaos, and if so, the impact that has had on communications. In this episode of Update-1, Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Mike Hempen discusses the administration's communications with American University journalism professor Jill Olmsted, a former radio and television anchor and reporter. They talk about the leaks and tweets, the staff changes and what it all...

Duration: 00:20:44

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...

Duration: 00:20:33

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...

Duration: 00:16:07

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,...

Duration: 00:15:18

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...

Duration: 00:10:45

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.

Duration: 00:18:07

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...

Duration: 00:21:03

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...

Duration: 00:11:34

Using Storytelling To Trigger Change

Storytelling has been around for thousands of years, but it’s a practice that’s now widely used by communities and organizations as a way of initiating change at the international, national, state and local levels. Press Club member Kathy Bonk is the Executive Director of the Communications Consortium Media Center, where she’s directly involved with storytelling. In an interview with Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Mike Hempen, she discusses how and why communities use storytelling to...

Duration: 00:19:41

A Former Network Reporter And Press Secretary Discusses The White House Press Corps

Ron Nessen has seen the relationship between president and press from both sides of the podium--in fact, one of his books was "It Sure Looks Different from the Inside." As an NBC News correspondent, Ron covered President Richard Nixon's Vice President Spiro Agnew--who denounced the news media as "nattering nabobs of negativism." He then moved on to cover Gerald Ford when he replaced Agnew, and became White House correspondent when Ford succeeded Nixon. Ford later asked Ron to become his...

Duration: 00:17:09

The Science Behind Going Viral

We often hear about something becoming so popular is goes "viral." But what does that mean and why does it happen? National Press Club member Matthew Ballard discusses this topic with Derek Thompson, senior editor at The Atlantic who writes about economics and media. They discuss the science behind why some songs, books or movies become very popular and why certain headlines get more attention than others. They also talk about Thompson's new book, “Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in...

Duration: 00:12:27

The Press And Its "Unprecedented" Relationship With The Trump Administration

What will the Trump Administration mean for press freedom? And will the media cover the White House differently with Donald Trump as president? Former National Press Club President Angela Greiling Keane, the deputy technology editor at Politico Pro and a former White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, discusses what she describes as the "unprecedented" relationship the press has with the Trump Administration.

Duration: 00:16:05

Journalist And Educator Frank Sesno Discusses The Importance Of Asking The Right Questions

Questions help all of us communicate and for journalists they are a way of getting the information needed to report the news. But how many of us know how to ask the right questions, whether on the job or in our daily lives? In this episode of Update-1, Bankrate.com Washington Bureau Chief and former National Press Club President Mark Hamrick (@Hamrickisms) interviews Emmy Award-winning journalist Frank Sesno about the value of questions. Sesno, the director of the George Washington...

Duration: 00:13:33

The Future Of Journalism Education

How does journalism education keep pace with a rapidly changing industry? In this Update-1 podcast, Press Club member Scott Maucione talks with University of Maryland journalism professor Sean Mussenden about the modern media landscape. They discuss the importance of having a professional and responsible social media presence, including how to present content and engage with the audience. Mussenden also talks about how he has to learn new technology, new methods of storytelling and new...

Duration: 00:20:47

Part Two With General Michael Hayden On Journalists and Intelligence Secrets

This edition of Update-1 features part 2 of a two-episode podcast with General Michael Hayden. Press Club Board member Molly McCluskey talks with the former NSA and CIA director about how journalists can effectively work with the intelligence community and the future of intelligence in the United States. General Hayden is the author of Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror.

Duration: 00:15:21

General Michael Hayden Discusses The Balance Between Stealing And Exposing Secrets

How can the journalism community expose the secrets that the intelligence community wants to keep secret? That's the theme of a special two-episode podcast in which NPC Board member Holly McCluskey interviews General Michael Hayden, former NSA and CIA director and author of Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror. In this podcast they discuss the constitutionally mandated conflict between journalists and spies.

Duration: 00:17:03

A Campaign To End Violence Against Journalists

Reporters Without Borders is spearheading an effort to project journalists and defend access to information around the world. The Protect Journalists campaign calls for the creation of a special representative to the United Nations secretary general for the safety of journalists. The initiative will be discussed during the UN General Assembly in New York on September 16th. Reporters Without Borders U.S. Director Delphine Halgand and the group's U.S. Advocacy and Communications officer,...

Duration: 00:11:03

Analyzing Political Commentary's Impact On Elections, Public Opinion And Journalism

NPC member Shannon Fisher talks to Bloomberg News Washington Bureau Chief Megan Murphy about the unique role of political commentary in elections. Murphy analyzes commentary in American politics, particularly as it relates to the 2016 presidential election. She delineates the fine line between commentary and news reporting. News consumers often have difficulty discerning between the two in the modern media landscape where everyone has a platform. This Update-1 podcast explores the impact...

Duration: 00:15:01

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