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April 24, 2020

National Press Club's Board extends the temporary suspension of in-person services through May 16.

National Press Club

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2020 — The Board of Governors of the National Press Club (NPC) voted Monday evening to extend the temporary suspension of in-person Club services through May 16.

The NPC Board’s initial decision in March to suspend operations was a first in the Club’s 113-year history. It came after the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new guidelines concerning in-person social gatherings.

NPC announced that most of the Club’s professional staff could work remotely and will continue to provide essential services and relevant online programming and content to members, guests, and clients.

During this period of suspended operations, the Club’s full-time staff work from home and continue to meet by phone, email, and videoconference with the Club’s 3,000+ members to plan essential programs and activities for later this year.

Earlier, on March 17, NPC President Freedman had sent members a letter that discussed the Club’s decision in more detail.

In his message, Freedman had emphasized the critical role of the press in combating the coronavirus pandemic. “As our nation and the world grapple with a crisis of epic proportions, we turn to medical experts and elected officials for leadership. And we rely on the press to help inform and educate the public while holding those in power accountable for their words and actions through accurate and fair reporting. The coronavirus pandemic stands as Exhibit A in reminding the world of why journalism matters. The National Press Club stands firmly with our colleagues around the world in pursuit of truth.”

Freedman, in his April 22 letter to the members, said, “The lifeblood of the National Press Club is its membership. We offer our heartfelt thanks to our Journalist and Communicator colleagues for your ongoing support as we all weather this storm. To those on the front lines covering the crisis, we applaud your courage and your perseverance. You reinforce every hour of every day why journalism matters.” “The leadership of the National Press Club and its Journalism Institute are proud and appreciative of our global NPC family,” he concluded.

Founded in 1908, the National Press Club, “World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists,” represents more than 3,000 reporters, editors, and professional communicators worldwide. The Club hosts nearly 2,000 events per year in its 54,000 square foot facility located in downtown Washington just three blocks from the White House.


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