THE NATIONAL PRESS FOUNDATION
Annual Report 2014
Making Good Journalists Better
The National Press Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.
FROM THE PRESIDENT Sandy K. Johnson | President & C.O.O
“And there’s a big date on the horizon2016 marks NPF’s 40th year of “Making Good Journalists Better”
NPF is on the move. We’re adopting a new focus on digital and data tools to help today’s journalists compete in an ever-changing world. Our new studio gives us a quantum step forward. Since the Evelyn Y. Davis Studios opened in October, we have produced nine webinars and 21 five-minute videos to jumpstart our training and education into the 21st Century. Every NPF program now includes digital
elements that expand our audience with each click. We’re also under new management. After a dozen years on the NPF board of directors, the board promoted me to President and COO.
marks NPF’s 40th year of “Making Good Journalists Better.” Watch this space for exciting new developments at NPF. You can find me at: email@example.com or on Twitter: @sandykjohnson
I am indebted to my predecessor, Bob Meyers, Cheers! for 21 years of leadership at NPF, as well as his mentoring and coaching in my startup months. And there’s a big date on the horizon – 2016
WHAT WE DO
Journalists huddle around Shen Dingli after a session in Shanghai, China. November 2014
MISSION The National Press Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that produces free professional development programs for journalists and other communities. We aim to increase their knowledge of complex issues and their ability to convey that knowledge across media
platforms to the public. Better journalism leads to improved social understanding. Since 1976, the National Press Foundation has provided opportunities to more than 6,000 editors, producers and reporters in print, broadcast and online media. Our programs
educate journalists in the nation’s capital, around the country and overseas.
Internationally, and with international journalists, NPF works under the banner “Journalist to Journalist” to convey the idea of journalists around the world learning together across borders. Journalist to Journalist media training programs are often in collaboration with an international conference, allowing participating journalists to attend the conference after a specific media training on that subject matter. This leads to more accurate and more thorough coverage of the topic.
Located in Washington, D.C., NPF is ideally situated to provide programs for journalists highlighting the issues of our time. These include: the Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowships, Capitol Hill briefings and one-day programs for Washington reporters. NPF also hosts longer programs on various topics that bring together journalists from across the U.S. Those selected to participate are provided transportation and lodging in addition to the program at no cost.
In 2014, NPF produced and broadcasted nine hourlong webinars on topics including health care, politics, Social Security and new media.
The best part of the fellowship included visiting a city that is not easily accessible to foreign journalists in a country that is changing rapidly and is a significant global player. Larisa Epatko, J2J China Now: Entrepreneurship and More USA, PBS
PROGRAMMING Domestic Programs Capitol Hill Issues Briefing (Half day) The Federal Budget Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship (Nine Days)
Four-day Programs Retirement Issues Cancer Issues Obesity Issues
Understanding Bitcoin Tips for High- Fidelity Science Reporting Taking Better Pictures with your Mobile Phone Financial Literacy: What Do Young People Know? Survival Strategies for Your Journalism Career Recovering Stolen Assets Health Information Technology Social Security Strategies End of Life Choices in Cancer Care
J2J Lung Health Media Training (Seven Days) J2J China Now: Entrepreneurship and More (Ten Days)
SPEAKERS Bill Allison
Dr. Haileyesus Getahun
Dr. Richard Schlegel
Dr. Kenny Lin
Dr. Michael Atkins
Nathan L. Gonzalez
Dr. Rana J. Singh
Dr. Tara Singh Bam
Dr. Guy Marks
Mark B. Grier
Chairman Guo Guangchang
Dr. Ignacio Monedero
S. Ramakrishna Velamuri
Dr. Sherrie Wallington
Dr. Brenda Waning
Army Col. Steven H. Warren
William (Bill) B. Plummer
Olga Ramirez Kornacki
Dr. Holly Wyatt
Professor/Dean Yang Xin
Dr. Lee B. Reichman
Professor Yin Xingmin
Dr. Jacob Reider
Director Jennifer Xu
Ambassador Valentin Zellweger
Daniel Bessesen Mary Beth Franklin L. Celeste Bottorff Russell Brandom Gillian Brockell Andrew Brown Robert E. Burke Trevor Butterworth Dr. Jane E. Carter Professor Ding Chun Lesley Clark Catherine Collinson Marc Cornier Heather Dahl Claudia Deane Dr. Robert B. Diasio Professor Shen Dingli Dr. Lucica Ditiu Michael Doyle Emma Dumain Jon Faust Matthew Feldman Professor Wang Feng Joshua Franzel Lisa Friedman Susan Garland
David Gura Chris Hamby Robin Harding Professor Anthony Harries Jim Hemphill Dr. Ali Hendi Seymour Hersh Kashmir Hill James O. Hill Gail Hillebrand Steve Hilton Amy Howe Mark Hug J.Mark Iwry Paul Jensen Lance Jiang Irene Jin Tamara Keith Paul Krawzak Matt Laslo Evan Lehmann Niels Lesniewski Reyna Levine Dr. James A. Levine Rick Levinson
Missy Ryan Dan Sagalyn Dallas Salisbury
PAUL MILLER FELLOWSHIP The Paul Miller Fellowship is an education program for DC-based journalists. Through nine day-long seminars (once a month, from September through June) this fellowship program provides a primer on Washington agencies, institutions and issues. It offers fresh sources, story
ideas and unparalleled opportunities to get to know and learn from other journalists. On-the-record access to officials, experts and seasoned journalists, along with site visits enhance and add insight to journalistsâ€™ work.
George Condon (National Journal) Lesley Clark (McClatchy), and Tamara Keith (NPR) talk to Paul Miller Fellows about covering the White House.
Topics 2014 - 2015 September 8 October 6 December 15 January 12 February 2 March 2 April 13 May 4 June 1
Covering Campaigns Covering Congress with Capitol Hill visit Cybersecurity, National Infrastructure and Climate White House and Cabinet Agencies Covering the Supreme Court with Supreme Court visit Skills session in Evelyn Y. Davis Studio Foreign Policy Business and Defense Reporting HHS & Covering Health Care; Federal Reserve visit Enterprise and Investigation
Fellows 2014- 2015 Mark Albert | CBS News & WUSA-TV
Tal Kopan | Politico
Stacy Anderson | The Associated Press
Hadley Malcolm | USA TODAY
Mike Bender | Bloomberg News
Elvina Nawaguna | Thomson Reuters
Geoff Bennett | NY1 / Time Warner Cable News
Connor Oâ€™Brien | CQ Roll Call
Daniel Bush | Environment & Energy Publishing
Laura Olson | Allentown Morning Call
Alexandra Dukakis | ABC News
Kedar Pavgi | Defense One
Michael Gaynor | Washingtonian Magazine
Amber Phillips | Las Vegas Sun
Mark Greenblatt | Scripps News
Kimberly Railey | National Journal
Elizabeth Harball | Environment & Energy Publishing
Sarah Tobianski | C-SPAN
Emmarie Huetteman | The New York Times
Dustin Volz | National Journal
Claritza Jimenez | Associated Press Television News
Sarah Wire | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
John Ketchum | Center for Public Integrity
Paul Miller Class of 2014-2015
Proceeds from an endowment grant from the Freedom Forum and other resources sustain this program.
CAPITOL HILL ISSUES BRIEFINGS
Understanding the Federal Budget Process
January 27, 2014 Capitol Hill Issues Briefings are half-day programs sponsored by the National Press Foundation, The Center on Congress at Indiana University and the Regional
Reporters Association. They cover current issues relevant to Congress and are open to the public. The briefings are held at the Woodrow Wilson International Center
for Scholars in Washington, DC. Panelists include jounalists and other experts who clarify issues through presentations, discussions and Q+A.
Funding for this financial literacy program was provided by grants from The David Swit Endowment, Evelyn Y. Davis, the Evelyn Y. Davis Foundation and the NPF Training Fund.
Retirement Issues 2014 was held May 18-21, 2014 in Washington, D.C. and it tackled issues relevant to the current economic and political climate. With Baby Boomers moving
deeper into their golden years at a time when both political parties are pushing proposals for long-term deficit reduction, Social Security and Medicare are in the crosshairs.
Specific sessions during the four-day program included: “Demographics of Aging,” “Social Security Strategies,” and “Paying for Healthcare in Retirement.”
FELLOWS 2014 Brad Allen | Minneapolis Star Tribune
Lindsay Thomas | Marketplace, American Public Media
Mark Calvey | San Francisco Business Times
Susan Tompor | Detroit Free Press
Jane Clark | Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
Alina Tugend | Freelance Journalist / The New York Times
Andrew Dunn | The Charlotte Observer
Kathryn Vasel | FOX Business Network
Julienne Gage | Multimedia Journalist
Ana Veciana-Suarez | The Miami Herald
Dan McSwain | U-T San Diego
Schuyler Velasco | The Christian Science Monitor
Tom Porter | Maine Public Broadcasting Network
Jennifer Waters | Wall Street Journal Digital
Jerry Siebenmark | The Wichita Eagle
Chandra Thomas Whitfield | Multimedia Journalist
Joe Smith | KGW-TV Funded by Prudential Financial
Obesity Issues 2014 was a fourday training program developed in partnership with the Colorado
Center for Health and Wellness. This yearâ€™s program brought 14 journalists to the Anschutz Health and Wellness
Center in Aurora, Colorado for a fascinating immersion in the science and politics of obesity.
FELLOWS 2014 Barbara Balfour | Freelance Journalist/Postmedia Network
Vicky Hallett | Washington Post Express
Jen Christensen | CNN.com
Kristin Jones | I-News at Rocky Mountain
Martha Craver | Kiplinger Letter
Bob Males | NJTV
Katie Fairbank | Heart.org
Jeff Ostrowski | Palm Beach Post
Karen Falla | Univision Communications Inc.
Amita Parashar | NPR
Bill Graves | Native Health News Alliance
Michele Botwin Raphael | Freelance Journalist
Patricia Guadalupe | Hispanic Link News Service
Elena Watts |The Victoria Advocate
This program was funded by the Colorado Health Foundation and The University of Colorado Foundation
Cancer Issues 2014 was a fourday training program on new issues in cancer research. The
program helped train 16 journalists through reporting and webinar workshops in Washington, D.C.
Topics included “End of Life Choices” in Cancer and “Cancer Screening Cautionary Tales.”
FELLOWS 2014 Anna Almendrala | The Huffington Post
Keli Moore | KSBY News
Mallory Black | Native Health News Alliance
Liz Neporent | ABC News
Katie Jennings | KCTS Television
Maria Ortiz-Briones | Vida en el Valle
Sophia Kercher | Reimagine magazine
Steven Petrow | The New York Times
Marci Landsmann | Cancer Today
Suzanne Pollak | Washington Jewish Week
Ron Leuty | San Francisco Business Times
Kelsey Ryan | The Wichita Eagle
Marie McCullough | The Philadelphia Inquirer
Paul Sisson | U-T San Diego
Candace Montague | Capital Community News
Dennis Thompson | HealthDay
Funding for this program was provided by Bayer
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS CHINA NOW: Entrepreneurship and More November 13-22, 2014 Shanghai, China
Fellows 2014 Christopher Kirkpatrick | Detroit Free Press Jacob Kushner | Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Thomas Lee | The San Francisco Chronicle Fred Monyak | The Associated Press Blake Sobczak | EnergyWire
Kathy Bergen | Chicago Tribune Andrea Chang | Los Angeles Times Thomas Donlan | Barronâ€™s National Business and Financial Weekly Larisa Epatko | PBS NewsHour David Gura | Marketplace
Lung Health Media Training October 27- November 1, 2014 Barcelona, Spain
Fellows 2014 Paidamoyo Chipunza | Zimpapers (Pvt) Ltd | Zimbabwe Sheila Crisostomo | The Philippine Star | Philippines Sumitra Deb Roy | The Times of India | India Skand Vivek Dhar | Rajasthan Patrika | India Amy Green | Mail & Guardian | South Africa Zizhen Guo |Healthcare Executive | China Mukesh Kumar Kejariwal | Dainik Jagran | India
Carol Natukunda | New Vision | Uganda Nomaswazi Nkosi | Sowetan | South Africa Nutsa Shubashvili | TV3 | Georgia Robert Tapfumaneyi | newzimbabwe.com | Zimbabwe Shwe Yee Saw Myint | The Myanmar Times | Myanmar Dawei Yu | Caixin Media | China Zheng Yu | Xinhua News Agency | China
In 2013, a generous $1 million grant from philanthropist and financial investor Evelyn Y. Davis allowed us to create a state-of-the-art digital broadcast studio. The studio is used to record and edit NPFâ€™s increasing number of digital presentations. NPF StudioWorks delivers trafficstopping video without heartstopping costs. Originate broadcastquality webcasts, streaming video, and more from our new HD-equipped studio in downtown DC. Our new multi-camera HD studio comes with professional production help plus available moderators, graphics, and video support. Rapid Response: firstname.lastname@example.org
WEBINARS Understanding Bitcoin February 18, 2014 Tips for High-Fidelity Science Reporting March 18, 2014 Financial Literacy: What Do Young People Know? September 30, 2014 Health Information Technology October 8, 2014 Survival Strategies for your Journalism Career October 16, 2014 Returning Stolen Assets October 23, 2014 Taking Better Pictures with your Mobile Phone November 17, 2014 End of Life Choices in Cancer Care December 10, 2014 Social Security Strategies December 18,2014
Webinars educate journalists around the world in a now-orlater format that ensures the greatest possible participation. Journalists are encouraged to participate live and submit questions to our presenters. Webinar recordings are always posted on NPF’s website as a resource for all journalists in the future.
Click on the title of any webinar to navigate to the online content
Sandy Johnson sat down with Barb Rosewicz, a research director in Pew’s state fiscal health project, and Anne Stauffer, the director of Pew’s work on fiscal federalism for a webinar on Covering the Budget.
PAUL MILLER ALUMNI GROUP The Paul Miller Alumni Group was formed to extend the benefits of the Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship beyond the program year and to explore ways the fellows could â€œgive backâ€? to other journalists. In 2014, the Alumni listserve continued
to be very active. The listserve was used to make connections, share resources and plan networking events. In 2014, the Paul Miller Alumni held three networking events, including one happy hour to welcome the
incoming Paul Miller Fellowship class. In addition, alumni attended a breakfast meeting at the National Press Foundation office where they shared experiences and resources for the planning of the new fellowship year.
If you are a Paul Miller Alum and would like to be added to the listserve, contact: email@example.com
The Paul Miller Class of 2006-2007 pictured at the Department of Defense. Barbara Barrett | Trish Choate | Lesley Clark | Coral Davenport | Alex Daniels | Jennifer Duck | Nicole Gaudiano | Marilyn Geewax | Nicole Gill | David Hammer | Jonelle Henry | Herb Jackson | Jeff Kosseff | Diana Marrero | Christa Marshall | Lisa Mascaro | Joseph Morton | Kirit Radia | Sudeep Reddy | Noelle Straub | Anne Wakefield | Bev Winston | Tracie Powell | Allison Stevens | Muna K. Shikaki | Tal Schneider
WHAT OUR JOURNALISTS SAY “If you want to get excited about medical reporting, this is a great opportunity. I was already skeptical about many of the ‘studies’ we report on...Cancer Issues 2014 brought light to many of my concerns about health reporting. I feel invigorated and excited about the stories that need to be told.” -Keli Moore, KSBY News “The cancer program helped solidify my knowledge of a very complicated topic and also got me thinking about some new topics that I plan to bring to my readers soon.” -Paul Sisson, U-T San Diego
“One of the things that really slows down the reporting process at work is spending the time finding the right people to interview, and then lining up those meetings. So having such an impressive lineup of speakers ready to go was incredible. I really appreciated getting the opportunity to meet with so many experts in such a wide range of fields.” -Andrea Chang, LA Times “Being with a diverse, multi-media group of reporters was energizing, and the speakers provided me with valuable sources, and story ideas, and context. I hope this important program can continue.” -Marie McCullough, The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about and experience the Chinese economic miracle. There is no replacing actually being on the ground in the thick of it. The program was planned out to a T and highly educational for business journalists.” -Christopher Kirkpatrick, Detroit Free Press, Business Editor
“I really don’t see how any serious journalist who covers energy, health care, business, foreign affairs, politics, education, technology, financial markets or environmental issues could turn down the opportunity to visit China and interact with entrepreneurs and thought leaders there. Whatever your beat, you won’t forget this fellowship.” -Blake Sobczak, Environment & Energy Publishing
OTHER FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS Azeen Ghorayshi East Bay Express Evert Clark/ Seth Payne Award for Young Science Writers
Bloomberg Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy Writing
Sebastian Payne The Washington Post Laurence Stern Fellowship at the Washington Post
Alexandra Suich The Economist Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists
Heather Giller Chicago Tribune Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists
31st ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER The National Press Foundation Annual Awards Dinner recognizing journalistic achievement is one of the largest media dinners in Washington, bringing together more than 1,000 journalists, media, public relations and corporate executives, policy makers and trade groups. The 2014 dinner was held on March 5, 2014.
SyriaDeeply.org Excellence in Online Journalism Award Robert Siegel, NPR W.M. Kiplinger Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Robert Moore, El Paso Times Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award Wolf Blitzer, CNN Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism The Wall Street Journal “Shutdown Feddie” Award
Tracy Jan, Bryan Bender, Christopher Rowland, Michael Kranish, Matt Viser, Noah Bierman The Boston Globe Washington Bureau David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning Maureen Groppe, Gannett Washington Bureau Mark Drajem and Jack Kaskey, Bloomberg News “Feddie” Award for Reporting on Federal Rules and Local Impact
NPF BOARD OF DIRECTORS Executive Committee
Heather Dahl Chair, Co-founder of The Cynja LLC
Kevin M. Goldberg Vice Chairman, Media Attorney, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC
Kathryn Gest Secretary, Director of Public Affairs, National Democratic Institute
Johanna Schneider Treasurer Independent Consultant
Tom Rosenstiel Executive Committee Executive Director, American Press Institute
John Walcott Immediate Past Chair Team Leader for National Security and Foreign Affairs, Bloomberg News
Board Members Jeffrey Birnbaum, President, BGR Public Relations
Mark Pilipczuk, Managing Director, MAP Consulting, LLC
Jim Brady, CEO and Founder, Stomping Ground
Jon Sawyer, Executive Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Peter Cherukuri, Senior VP of Advertising and Business Development, POLITICO
H. Andrew Schwartz, Senior Vice President for External Relations, Center for Strategic and International Studies
George E. Condon, White House Correspondent, National Journal
Charles Self, President, 227 International, LLC
Tom Davidson, Senior Director, News and Public Affairs, PBS.org
Adam Sharp, Head of News, Government, and Elections, Twitter
Robert DeFillippo, Formerly Chief Communications Officer, Prudential
Amos Snead, Principal, Story Partners
Imani Greene, CEO/ Principal, GreeneGroup
Susan Swain, President and Co-COO, C-SPAN
Melinda Henneberger, Journalist, Bloomberg News
Robyn Tomlin, Vice President of Digital and Communications, Pew Research Center
Kevin McCormally, Editorial Director, The Kiplinger Washington Editors *Current affiliations as of March 9, 2015
Sandy K. Johnson joined the National Press Foundation in October 2014 as its president and COO.
Associated Press, AARP Bulletin, the Center for Public Integrity, Stateline and Face The Facts USA.
Linda Topping Streitfeld Director of Programs
Linda Topping Streitfeld joined NPF in December 2007. She develops and manages graduate-style programs for U.S. and international journalists, including the Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowships and the foundation’s Journalist-
to-Journalist international programs, and she moderates webinars, panels and other forums. Streitfeld came to the NPF from The Miami Herald.
Jessica Jean-Francois Director of Operations
Johnson has held senior management positions at several national news organizations, including The
Jessica Jean-Francois joined NPF in March 2013. She manages the organizational operations, including NPF’s Annual Awards Dinner, finances and human resources, and assists with program implementation. Prior to joining NPF, Jessica was the
Country Director for Hope for Haiti, an organization working in health care and education in Haiti. Jessica holds a Master’s degree in Education from Lehman College and a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics from The George Washington University.
Reyna Abigale Levine Digital Media Manager
Sandy K. Johnson President and COO
CURRENT NPF STAFF MEMBERS
Reyna Abigale Levine joined the NPF in June 2013. She manages nationalpress.org, NPF’s social media presence, and produces live webinars. Prior to joining NPF, Reyna worked as a photographer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and as project
assistant to artist and curator, Michal Heiman in Tel Aviv, Israel. She graduated from the Corcoran College of Art + Design with a MA degree in New Media and Photojournalism May 2013. Prior to her MA, Reyna received a BA in Photography and Middle East Studies from Smith College..
Bob Meyers President Emeritus Jenny Ash-Maher Studio and Program Manager Nkongho Beteck Intern Shanza Lewis Intern
Bob Meyers joined the foundation in 1993 as director of its Washington Journalism Center. He was appointed president of the foundation in 1995 and retired in 2014. From 1989 to 1993 Meyers was director of the Harvard Journalism Fellowship for
Advanced Studies in Public Health. He is a former reporter for The Washington Post, and a former assistant city editor at the San Diego Union.
Jenny Ash-Maher joined NPF in January 2013. She assists the Director of Programs and the Digital Media Manager with the logistical implementation of NPF’s programs. Prior to joining NPF, Jenny was convention manager for the Travel Industry Association’s
annual international trade show, bringing journalists and tour operators from throughout the world to the United States. Jenny was also a licensed Massage Therapist and small business owner. She holds a degree in Economics from Union College in Schenectady, NY.
publications in the Washington Nkongho Beteck joined NPF in January 2015. As an intern, D.C. metro and Delmarva area. she assists the NPF team with She will graduate in May from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism social media, research and with a bachelor’s degree in logistics for NPF programs. Prior to joining NPF, she worked Multiplatform journalism. as a freelance reporter for
Shanza Lewis joined NFP in January as an intern. She assists the staff in its programs and events through social media management, digital media organization, and operations support. After graduating from Macalester College with a B.A. in English and Psychology,
she used her writing skills in international development at the Institute of Caribbean Studies and litigation support at Charles C. Parsons & Associates. In her spare time she writes short stories and hopes to pursue a Masters in Communications.
INFORMATION FOR FUNDERS The NPF model provides full fellowships to accepted journalists. The inclusive costs of each program will always be stated ahead of time. The sponsor(s) will always be identified as the funder(s) of the program. The sponsor(s) will be invited to address the journalists prior to the beginning. The National Press Foundation will control all aspects of every program. The National Press Foundation will be responsible for the development of an agenda and the selection of topics, speakers and 15 â€“ 20 journalists. The program will be balanced and fair. The program will always be on-the-record. People and organizations with positions directly opposed to the sponsorâ€™s may be invited to appear. All program resources will be uploaded to the NPF website following the program for future reference. At the conclusion of the program the sponsor(s) will receive a written evaluation of the program.
COLLABORATING PARTNERS The National Press Foundation accepts funding from organizations and individuals who support its mission and values. If you would like to learn about contributing to one of our programs, please feel free to contact us.
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