National Press Club Journalism Institute programs are live events that include panels, workshops, seminars and other convenings designed to help journalists enlighten and empower all the stakeholders in our democracy. From teaching journalists how to stay safe on the job to helping them build trust, overcome reporting roadblocks or write with their audience in mind, our programs provide concrete skills that support the Fourth Estate’s vital role in our society and uphold press freedom.
Fundamental tools for journalists with Google News Lab
What tools are out there to help a journalist compete in the digital age? Google News Lab Teaching Fellow Maggie Farley taught a packed house how to use a broad range of Google and other online tools, from Advanced Search and Reverse Image Search to Google Scholar and Google News Archive, to find, verify, manage and present information quickly and effectively.
The regional reporters who cover the nation’s capital today face a host of challenges: Shrinking newsroom budgets, federal offices that are ever-more opaque, a public that is increasingly skeptical–and sometimes even outright hostile. How can regional reporting adapt to, and once again thrive in, this environment? On August 1, veteran regional reporter Jerry Zremski, the Pew Research Center’s Michael Barthel and former U.S. Reps. Ryan Costello, R-Pa., and Jim Moran, D-Va., shared their diverse perspectives on the subject. The evening was moderated by Tamar Hallerman, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Washington correspondent and the president of the Regional Reporters Association, which co-hosted the program.
What makes a whistleblower or someone who’s been a victim of a crime or major misdeed willing to come forward to a particular journalist or outlet? On July 25, Lauren Clark, the subject of the Washington Post story “The man who attacked me works in your kitchen,” spoke at the National Press Club about how journalist Amy Brittain gained her trust. Her legal advocate Kristin Eliason discussed the factors that led to trusting Brittain with Clark’s story, and Brittain and Maura Judkis described what they did to maintain that trust, and about the responsibilities that come with telling a high-stakes story in the public interest.
What does it take to represent underrepresented communities and their major figures in a way that feels right to residents? In her speech at the Free Expression Awards, filmmaker Ava DuVernay said she “gasped” when she saw the way the L.A. Times had covered the life and death of South Los Angeles rap artist Nipsey Hussle–”the way that they had honored him on the page.” L.A. Times Staff Reporter Angel Jennings, Staff Writer Gerrick D. Kennedy and Assistant Metro Editor Erika D. Smith discuss how they approached the story to produce coverage that both stood out nationally and hit home–and about the groundwork that enabled them to do it on deadline.
Other recent programs
- Journalism under attack: Defuse threatening situations and protect yourself online
- Campaign 2020: Follow the money to essential untold stories
- Khashoggi & Magnitsky: Using sanctions to protect journalists