The National Press Club Journalism Institute expanded its programming, services and reach in 2020, a year marked for journalists by coverage of the global coronavirus pandemic, systemic racial inequities in and out of newsrooms, and an election cycle unlike any other.
The Institute seized opportunities to serve journalists, communicators and the public, as outlined in its second Annual Report, released Monday on its website.
The report includes:
- A look at the Institute’s 33 educational and skills-based workshops held in 2020, triple the number and variety of the year prior;
- A snapshot of the ways the Institute provided a sense of community as Club members and journalists worked remotely;
- A review of press freedom initiatives, including a national letter-writing campaign to #FreeAustinTice;
- A timeline of how the Fallen Journalists Memorial Act became law in 2020;
- Highlights from The Latest, the Institute’s first daily newsletter, established at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to serve journalists’ needs in a timely manner;
- A summary of revenue and expenses; and more.
The report highlights how the Institute aligns its activities to its mission — to promote an engaged global citizenry through an independent and free press, and equip journalists with skills and standards to inform the public in ways that inspire civic engagement.
“Our team committed, early in the pandemic, to serving journalists and the public in ways that would best fit their evolving needs. That meant shifting our resources to where they could have the most meaningful impact,” executive director Julie Moos said. “As an organization, we adapted as those needs changed. This year taught us a lot about what our team can do — and clarified our values.”