The National Press Club Journalism Institute promotes an engaged global citizenry through an independent and free press, and equips journalists with skills and standards to inform the public in ways that inspire a more representative democracy. As the non-profit affiliate of the National Press Club, the Institute powers journalism in the public interest.
The Institute accomplishes this mission by: offering programs to grow the number of people who produce and support journalism that drives civic engagement; protecting journalists from interference so they can fully and fairly represent the communities they serve; and increasing transparency to keep citizens well-informed and their governments and institutions accountable.
Board of Directors
Danielle Coffey News Media Alliance
Sam Feist CNN
Tom Huang Dallas Morning News
Richard Hutzell Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation
Jen Judson National Press Club President, Defense News
Anita Kumar Politico
Rafael Lorente University of Maryland
Paul Minehart Syngenta
Eileen O’Reilly Axios
Mizell Stewart III Emerging Leaders, LLC
Chuck Tobin Ballard Spahr
Beth Francesco, Interim Executive Director
Beth Francesco is the interim executive director for the National Press Club Journalism Institute. Prior to her work with the NPCJI, she supervised student media operations and student development at the University of Texas at Arlington. In her 10 years there, she improved operational efficiency and worked closely with entry-level journalists to grow digital readership and revenue. Beth is a past president of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association, which named her the state’s Advisor of the Year in 2017, and served as a longtime board director for the Society of Professional Journalists Fort Worth chapter. She cut her teeth as an editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times before she moved into her work as a consultant on digital projects for news organizations and student media assessment. She published her first book in 2019, and has written and edited for several news and marketing clients. Beth holds a master’s in journalism from the University of North Texas and a bachelor’s in communication from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Holly Butcher Grant, Growth Manager
Holly Butcher Grant joined the Institute as Learning Manager in March 2020. Prior to her work with the Institute, she was a Marketing Specialist at law firm Foley Hoag LLP, where she managed content and social media strategy, in addition to building an events and distance learning program to educate existing and potential clients. Before that, she worked at Converge Venture Partners supporting a portfolio of early-stage technology companies and planning events for a network of angel investors. She holds a master’s degree in online journalism from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School, where she served as senior arts editor for Annenberg Digital News. Before graduate school, she worked in the entertainment industry as an agent trainee at William Morris Endeavor and United Talent Agency.
About the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library
The Journalism Institute oversees the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library of the National Press Club, which offers research services and database access to members. The library also features journalism books, a Bloomberg terminal and Reuters wires access. For questions about use or research support, please contact [email protected].