National Press Club Kicks Off Centennial

The National Press Club,America’s oldest and most prestigious journalism organization, will premiere its 100th anniversary documentary, “The National Press Club at 100: A Century of Headlines,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, in the National Press Club ballroom.

And after the film’s premiere, the Club will present a panel discussion featuring Press Club veterans such as Helen Thomas, Jack Germond and NPC President Emeritus John Cosgrove. These veteran D.C. journalists will swap stories and reflect on the club’s colorful history.

The premiere and forum are the first in a series of events celebrating the Club’s 100 years of service to the journalism community.
Since its founding in 1908, the National Press Club has been a host to history. “NPC at 100 – a Century of Headlines” tells this story through the voices that made it happen, such as Walter Cronkite — the first recipient of the Club’s Fourth Estate Award for distinguished journalism — Helen Thomas, Austin Kiplinger and Simeon Booker. Also featured in the program are Bob Schieffer, Bob Woodward, Jim Lehrer, Liz Carpenter, Ben Bradlee,Tom Brokaw and Tim Russert.

‘NPC at 100 — a Century of Headlines’ tells a great story that’s never been told via video before,” said NPC President Jerry Zremski. “So much history has happened here at the National Press Club: so many famous people — from Harry Truman to Nikita Khrushchev, from Elizabeth Taylor to the Dalai Lama — have appeared here. Yet at the same time, the Club has been at the front lines of the great changes in American society and journalism in the past century. Our new documentary tells those parallel stories in a compelling way that gives the Club its due as a great Washington institution.”

The documentary was produced by Auteur Productions, Ltd. The two principals of the organization, Gerald Krell and Meyer Odze, have garnered many international awards for a wide range of documentaries, public affairs, and educational programs.

As it approaches its centennial year, the National Press Club continues its tradition as the center of news and information in Washington. Widely recognized for the National Press Club speakers series; the Club is the foremost venue for press conferences in D.C. While still a meeting place for journalists and news sources, the club has positioned itself as a full-service facility for the researching, reporting, and dissemination of news, with its state-of-the-art Broadcast Operations Center and an expanding array of training programs to serve the Club’s 3,500 members in Washington and worldwide.

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