National Press Club, Denver Press Club to Hold Forum on Journalism’s Future and Values

2008-08-13 11:28:00




    WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 /EMWNews/ -- The National Press Club,

the world's leading professional organization for journalists, and the

Denver Press Club are teaming up to look at the future of journalism and

how to protect its core values.







    The Sept. 9 event will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Denver Press Club,

1330 Glenarm Place. Admission is free, but seats are limited. Please

reserve by going to http://www.Blacktie-Colorado.com.







    Dubbed "The First Amendment, Freedom of the Press and the Future of

Journalism," the forum is part of a nationwide conversation the National

Press Club is holding to look at where the news business is going and what

news consumers should be demanding.







    Appearing on the panel will be:







    -- Mark Cardwell, managing editor and digital editor of the Denver

Post, who has been editorial director of ABCNews.com and executive producer

for the digital group at The Associated Press;



    -- Brian Maass, the leading investigative reporter at CBS News 4 for

more than 20 years;



    -- Patricia Calhoun, co-founder, editor-in-chief and columnist at

Westword, Denver's alternative weekly newspaper; and



    -- Deb Hurley, a leader in the Denver SPJ chapter who recently retired

after more than 20 years as a journalism professor at Metropolitan State

College of Denver.







    The panel will be moderated by Gil Klein, a veteran national

correspondent and director of the Club's Centennial Project.







    "In the National Press Club's centennial year, we are pleased to team

up with the oldest continuously operating press club in America to look at

these crucial issues during a tumultuous time for journalism," said NPC

President Sylvia Smith.







    "The Denver Press Club feels a responsibility to look at the underlying

principles of journalism while the news media is being transformed

technologically," said Denver Press Club President Bruce Goldberg. "We

welcome this chance to work with the National Press Club."







    The forum is part of a nationwide education program launched by the NPC

for its centennial to bring together leading journalists to talk about the

profession's changes. The Club is aiming this year to organize panel

discussions in cities and universities in every state to share with the

public where journalism is heading and what that means to the quality of

the profession.







    The forums will be videotaped and highlights will be posted to the

Club's web site, http://www.press.org.







    Each event begins with a preview of the Club's centennial documentary,

"A Century of Headlines," which follows the history of American journalism

through the lens of one of its leading institutions. Since its founding in

1908, the National Press Club has been at the center of key events by

offering newsmakers a neutral venue to express their views to the news

media. Everyone who attends this forum will get a copy of the documentary.







    This program is underwritten by a generous contribution from Aviva USA,

one of the nation's fastest-growing life insurers

(http://www.AvivaUSA.com). The grant will pay for the distribution of

12,000 copies of the documentary and education materials as well as

promotion of the forums.







    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:







    Gil Klein - National Press Club Centennial Project director,

703-338-2721. E-mail gklein@press.org.







    ABOUT THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB:







    The National Press Club is the world's leading professional



    organization for journalists. Founded in 1908, the Club has 3,700



    members representing most major news organizations. Each year, the Club

holds more than 2,000 events including news conferences, luncheons and

panels, and more than 250,000 guests come through its doors. On the web at

http://www.press.org.









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