The National Press Club Journalism Institute offers programming that enables journalists to produce work that empowers civic engagement in democracy. From teaching journalists how to stay safe on the job to helping them build trust, overcome reporting roadblocks or write with their audience’s needs in mind, our programs provide concrete skills that support the Fourth Estate’s vital role in our society and uphold press freedom.

2019 Programs

Pro Tips: Writing Workshop

More than 125 people participated in the National Press Club Journalism Institute’s inaugural Writing Workshop on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Participants selected four sessions during the half-day workshop, one per hour from 1-5 p.m., and left with concrete skills to take their work to the next level.

What’s next for regional reporting? Producing meaningful journalism now

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.

How The Washington Post built trust with subjects in a high-stakes story

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.

The Nipsey Hussle story and how the L.A. Times got it right

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.

Dialogue in a Divided Democracy

Journalists, elected officials and government communicators committed to concrete steps aimed at increasing trust and civility in public life following two days of intensive conversations at the National Press Club on March 25-26, 2019. This program, facilitated by the National Institute of Civil Discourse, brought together more than 60 people —news media leaders and the people they cover—for face-to-face conversations about the challenges facing key American institutions. PEN America and the Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership partnered in the event.

Other 2019 programs


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