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Steve Scott
WCBS Newsradio 880
1st Vice President
Jane TIllman Irving
WCBS Newsradio 880
2nd Vice President
Joe Connolly
WCBS Newsradio 880
Stephani Shelton
The Fred Group
Elizabeth Semrai
Corresponding Secretary
Beth Karas


Winnie Hu
The New York Times
Rich Lamb
WCBS Newsradio 880
Mitch Lebe
24/7 News Source
Phil O'Brien
Con Edison, Inc.
Gabe Pressman
Sonia Rincon
1010 WINS
Glenn Schuck
1010 WINS
Debra Toppeta


Mark Lieberman
Past President
John Mulligan
Past President
Jerry Schmetterer
Past President
Larry Seary
Past President
Deborah Wetzel
Past President
Consulting Director
Peter O.E. Bekker
Events Chairman
Mitch Lebe
Public Relations
Debra J. Caruso
Staton Rabin
Farrell Farrell Burke
Fr. Matthew F. Malone, S.J.
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik


The Latest:

Saturday, October 3rd
New York University - Kimmel Center
West 4th Street and LaGuardia Place
8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. - #NYPCJconf

Save the date! Plan to attend New York's most affordable, accessible and informative gathering of journalists, journalism students, academics, and those in the know.

Mo Rocca, well known for his satirical news reports and commentary, will keynote this year's event. Mo is a correspondent for CBS's "Sunday Morning" and contributes to other CBS News broadcasts.

A humorist, actor and Emmy award-winning writer, Mo is a panelist on NPR's weekly hit quiz show, "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!", and the host of "Food(ography)" on the Cooking Channel. He spent four seasons as a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," and four seasons as a correspondent on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Our 23rd annual conference will feature panels that are both forward-looking and contemporary, addressing pressing questions and issues facing journalists today. All are welcome to attend. Details soon.

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GRAPHIC Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded this year to Student members of the New York Press Club at our Conference on Journalism. The scholarship program was recently renamed as "The Stan Brooks Memorial Scholarships" to commemorate the contributions to broadcast journalism made by the late 1010 WINS reporter and long time Press Club member.

Applications are now open for Student members of the Press Club. Student members are invited to visit our Scholarship page to apply. If you are not yet a Student member, by all means consider joining!
GRAPHIC Longtime New York City journalist Murray Weiss, currently with DNAinfo New York, will receive the 2015 President's Award from the New York Press Club. The selection was announced by Press Club president Steve Scott.

"From his days with the Daily News and the Post, to his current role as Columnist and Criminal Justice Editor at DNAinfo New York, Murray Weiss has had a special talent for breaking stories," Scott said in making the announcement. "Big stories. Explosive stories. Stories that opened previously closed doors and rattled wrongdoers. Stories that had other journalists quoting Murray in their stories."

"In recognition of his stellar career and contributions to the field of journalism, I can think of no more deserving recipient of this year's New York Press Club President's Award than Murray Weiss."

Weiss will be presented with the award on October 3rd, at the New York Press Club Foundation's 23rd Annual Journalism Conference at New York University's Kimmel Center.
GRAPHIC Established in 2008 on the Press Club's 60th birthday, the Hall of Fame honors journalists whose careers in New York media are exemplified by long tenure, integrity and extraordinary achievement. View the pantheon and send us your nomination! This year's inductee will be announced at our October 3rd Conference on Journalism.
de Blasio's FOIL Folly
GRAPHIC A note from New York Press Club President, Steve Scott, on the mayor's odd interest in who's looking for what under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).

The New York Press Club joins others in the journalism community in expressing concern over the de Blasio administration's handling of Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests. The Associated Press was first to report that attorneys at city agencies have been instructed to forward to City Hall a broad range of records, including public information requests that could reflect directly on the mayor, before they're sent to the person who requested them.

"This isn't how the Freedom of Information Law is supposed to work," said Press Club president Steve Scott. "There shouldn't be an additional layer of City Hall bureaucracy between those records and the person who requested them."

"If City Hall delays or blocks the release of documents supplied by a city agency, then, at the very least, the spirit and intent of the Freedom of Information Law has been violated."

"Mayor de Blasio has promised the most transparent administration in city history," Scott said. "But, sometimes, that transparency is very difficult to see."

"We ask that the mayor and his legal team tread cautiously, to ensure that the letter and spirit of the Freedom of Information Law are followed."

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About 20 journalists were dismissed in New York, about a dozen in Washington and the rest in the company’s global newsrooms. (New York Times)

Could help Carly Fiorina. (The Guardian)

With very few exceptions, the station’s entire news, marketing and sales staff were laid off. About 50 to 60 people lost their jobs – about 40 were from the news department. (Media Moves)

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt is on a roll, winning its fifth week in row in all measurements and growing the audience double digits compared to the same week last year. (TVNewser)

How The New School aims to bring journalism and design together. (NiemanLab)

The News Guild — known until recently as the Newspaper Guild — has traditionally been the union for American journalists who produce written work. Lately, though, in the digital-media business, it has been overshadowed by the Writers Guild of America-East union, which has organized the editorial staffs at digital-only news outlets Gawker Media, Salon and Vice Media. (Politico)

Once famously combative, press conferences have morphed into carefully choreographed, entirely predictable affairs. (Salon)

Is there a statute of limitations? (Buttry Diary)

Vulnerability spikes in live situations. (TVNewsCheck)

Four people working for VICE News were taken into custody by anti-terror police while covering clashes in the region. Journalist organizations, including the New York Press Club, and Amnesty International are calling for their release. (BuzzFeed)

WikiLeaks founder says he told the NSA whistleblower he could be kidnapped or killed, and that he was better off sheltering in Russia despite ‘negative PR’. (The Guardian)

The journalists, Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste, had said they were expecting to be exonerated or sentenced to time already served. (New York Times)

Chuck Carter named senior executive producer of news; Adam Welikson now operations supervisor. (TVNewsCheck)

A three-way, mostly civilized family contest to become the next publisher of The New York Times. (New York Magazine)

The E.W. Scripps–operated is moving in on’s turf, though both outlets ultimately see the competition as driving richer, deeper journalism for the city and the greater Cincinnati region. (NiemanLab)

Scientific American, at 170, is giving it a shot. (Poynter)

"we have noticed that the conversation around our articles is increasingly happening on social networks" (Daily Beast)

LinkedIn used to be a steady referral source for many publishers. But that’s changed as the social network for professionals has prioritized its own media and its contributor network. (DigiDay)

Although politicians and journalists clash every day—exchanging insults and trading slights—this tussle has spilled into the quick-moving media stream because neither Trump nor Ramos is a normcore performer. (Politico)

Sharpton's "Politics Nation" has aired at 6 p.m. EDT on weeknights for the past four years at the ratings-challenged news network. (TVNewsCheck)

ESPN, People bring in huge monthly audiences. (AdWeek)

Supporters hope the legacies of the late journalists will live on. (Huffington Post)

The nonprofit news cooperative announced Wednesday that it will relocate from its current global headquarters in Midtown Manhattan to the Brookfield Place office complex near the World Trade Center. (Politico)

Completing its site-wide reboot (Washington Post)

For a crime that instantly drew international attention, the dynamics were strikingly intimate, the killer and his victims as well as their significant others all linked by their jobs at a small TV station in a small Virginia city. (The Washington Post)

The gunman’s own 56-second video showed him waiting until the journalists were on air before raising a handgun and firing at point-blank range, ensuring that it would be seen, live or recorded, by thousands. (New York Times)

Shot during a live report at a local mall. (The Guardian)

Attacks on investigative reporter and team from the Rai 3 politics show come amid indignation over Hollywood-style service for mobster Vittorio Casamonica. (The Guardian)

Find your inner startup. (NiemanLab)

A series of FOIA lawsuits have just shown how the 50-year-old transparency law can still be indispensable. (CJR)


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