Programs

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.

UPCOMING

September 17, 2019
Spelling Bee: Press vs. Politicians 2019

Relationships between politicians and the media who cover them have been tested throughout history, but on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in the National Press Club’s historic ballroom, fun and friendly competition will prevail as lawmakers and reporters compete in the uproariously entertaining Press vs. Politicians Spelling Bee. National Press Club President Alison Kodjak will serve…

October 17, 2019
Fourth Estate Award Gala 2019

Amanda Bennett, best known for her award-winning leadership in investigative reporting at The Wall Street Journal, The Oregonian, and Bloomberg News, will receive the National Press Club’s most esteemed prize, the Fourth Estate Award, at a Press Club gala in her honor on October 17, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Bennett is the 47th recipient of the award,…

November 1, 2019
Writing tips you’ll actually use

On Friday, November 1, the National Press Club Journalism Institute will host Writing Tips You’ll Actually Use, presented by L.A. Times Column One editor and writing coach Steve Padilla. “Steve Padilla is one of those rare editors who speaks a reporter’s language. He provides concrete advice and an executable game plan that will immediately improve…

November 1, 2019
How to get people to read what you write–and then do what you want

Think persuasive writing is just for the op-ed pages? If you’ve ever crafted a lede hoping people would read on, sent a story pitch or query aimed at sparking interest in your idea or manuscript, or fired off an email seeking a reply, you’ve engaged in persuasive writing (or at least tried).  On Friday, November…

November 1, 2019
How to publish a best-selling book: Two agents & one author share their tips

Got a book in you (or in a file drawer)? On Friday, November 1, literary agents Gail Ross, of the Ross Yoon Agency; Raphael Sagalyn, of ICM; and New York Times best-selling author Lynne Olson will share their insights and answer your questions about how to get your manuscript out of the slush pile and…

November 1, 2019
2019 Book Fair and Authors’ Night

Meet and mingle with nearly 100 authors during the 2019 Book Fair and Authors’ Night at the National Press Club headquarters. The Capitol region’s premier holiday book event is back for its 42nd year on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Join the Institute and landmark local bookseller Politics & Prose for a night of pols, pundits…

November 1, 2019
Pro Tips: Writing Workshop 2019

Whether you’re a journalist or a nonfiction author–or you aspire to be one–you’ll leave this half-day workshop with concrete skills that will help you take your work to the next level. Planned sessions include How to get people to read what you write–and then do what you want, with former New York Times op-ed editor Trish Hall,…

RECENT

Tools for journalists with Google News Lab

What tools are out there to help a journalist compete in the digital age? Over the course of two days, Google News Lab Teaching Fellow Maggie Farley taught packed houses how to use a broad range of Google and other online tools to find, verify, analyze, manage and present information quickly and effectively.

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.

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