November 27, 2020

 

OPC Awards Call for Entries

General deadline: January 31, 2021. Cornelius Ryan Book Award Deadline: January 10, 2021...[MORE]Graphic by Vera Naughton

 

OPC at a Glance

Learn about the OPC's activities and mission, with testimonials and clips from past events, in this introductory video....[MORE]

 

Morton Frank Award Winners Discuss ‘Trump’s Trade War’

On Oct. 21, the OPC hosted a webinar with winners of this year's Morton Frank Award, including Rick Young, Emma Schwartz, Laura Sullivan and Fritz Kramer...

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Best Cartoon Award Winner Talks Shop

On Oct. 14, 2020, the OPC hosted an online program with Adam Zyglis, winner of the OPC’s Best Cartoon Award...

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Edward R. Murrow Award Winners Discuss 'Collision'

On Sept. 17, the OPC hosted an online discussion with the film’s producers, whose work won this year’s Edward R. Murrow Award...

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David Kaplan Award Winners Share Their Stories

On July 9, the OPC hosted an online discussion via Zoom with this year’s winners of the David Kaplan Award for best TV or video spot news reporting from abroad...

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Lowell Thomas Award Winners Share Their Stories

On June 19, the OPC hosted an online discussion via Zoom with this year’s winners of the Lowell Thomas Award for best radio, audio, or podcast coverage of international affairs...

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2020 OPC Foundation Scholars

On Feb 28, the OPC Foundation presented 16 scholarship awards to winners...

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Introduction

OPC at a Glance

OPC at a Glance

In this introductory video, OPC of America President Paula Dwyer describes the club's activities and mission, with testimonials and clips from past events...

OPC Awards

2020 OPC Awards Call for Entries

2020 OPC Awards Call for Entries

We invite you to submit entries for international coverage in Newspapers, News Services, Digital, Magazines, Radio, Podcasts, Television, Video, Cartoons, Books and Photography.

Event Recap

Hong Kong Journalist Paints Gloomy Picture for Press Freedom

Hong Kong Journalist Paints Gloomy Picture for Press Freedom

Chris Yeung, chair of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, told the OPC and Foreign Press Association (FPA) on Nov. 23 that four months after a sweeping security law went into effect in Hong Kong in June, it has become clear that officials plan to carry out its restrictions in a “rigorous, aggressive manner.”

Event Recap

Jim Laurie Recounts 'Coming of Age' Memoir Amid Indochina Wars

Jim Laurie Recounts 'Coming of Age' Memoir Amid Indochina Wars

During an online OPC program on Nov. 12, OPC member Jim Laurie described his new memoir as a “coming of age” story for a young journalist navigating the trials of war reporting in Southeast Asia in the 1970s, as dawn broke on the revolution and rise of the Khmer Rouge..

Event Recap

Cornelius Ryan Award Winner Calls Lack of Vaccine Transparency 'Bad News'

Cornelius Ryan Award Winner Calls Lack of Vaccine Transparency 'Bad News'

On Nov. 10, 2020, the OPC hosted an online program with Cornelius Ryan Award winner Katherine Eban, whose grim look at the pharmaceutical industry has taken on new and chilling relevance as the world races to find treatments and vaccines to curb the coronavirus pandemic, amid easily gamed FDA inspection systems, lack of transparency in pharmaceutical companies and regulators, rampant data fraud and even less oversight than when the book was published...

People Remembered

People Remembered: Seymour Topping

People Remembered: Seymour Topping

The OPC is saddened to learn that longtime OPC member Seymour Topping, a veteran foreign correspondent and editor who cut his teeth during China’s civil war at the end of the 1940s, died on Nov. 8 at the age of 98...

Member Feature

Memoir Writing at a Time of Pandemic

Memoir Writing at a Time of Pandemic

(by OPC member Jim Laurie) It has been a very tough year. Many have died, been sickened, lost their jobs, or locked down as the world fights a global pandemic: a disruption like no other I can remember. For one old reporter, thankfully, it’s been more of an inconvenience. I have been grounded. For the first time in fifty years, I have not spent at least part of the year outside the United States; not travelling in China, Vietnam, Cambodia or other parts of Asia or Europe...

Event Recap

Malcolm Forbes Award Winners Retrace Sleuthing on the Mystery of Carlos Ghosn

Malcolm Forbes Award Winners Retrace Sleuthing on the Mystery of Carlos Ghosn

On Oct. 28, Nick Kostov and Sean McLain of The Wall Street Journal retraced months of reporting that unraveled events leading to the arrest of Brazilian-born business executive Carlos Ghosn. Their series of articles following the Ghosn saga won this year’s Malcolm Forbes Award for best international business news reporting in newspapers, news services, magazines or digital...

Press Freedom

Deadline Monday for Comments on I Visa Restrictions

Deadline Monday for Comments on I Visa Restrictions

The Overseas Press Club and the Foreign Press Association oppose proposed rule changes by the Department of Homeland Security that would restrict the freedom of foreign journalists to work in the United States, and could invite retaliation by other governments against U.S. journalists overseas...

Event Recap

Morton Frank Award Winners Discuss Surprises in Reporting on ‘Trump’s Trade War’

Morton Frank Award Winners Discuss Surprises in Reporting on ‘Trump’s Trade War’

On Oct. 21, the OPC hosted a webinar with members of the team who won this year's Morton Frank Award, including Rick Young, Emma Schwartz, Laura Sullivan and Fritz Kramer, with Jane Sasseen, executive director of the McGraw Center for Business Journalism, moderated. She served as a judge on the Morton Frank Award jury...

Event Recap

Best Cartoon Award Winner Shares Process and Hidden Details of his Work

Best Cartoon Award Winner Shares Process and Hidden Details of his Work

On Oct. 14, 2020, the OPC hosted an online program with Adam Zyglis of The Buffalo News, who won the the OPC’s Best Cartoon Award for best print or digital graphic journalism, including cartoons, on international affairs. His list of accolades also includes the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning...

Press Freedom

Homeland Security Hits Foreign Press

Almost by stealth, Homeland Security is proposing ill-considered changes that will dampen foreign reporting in the U.S. and on the U.N. – while risking provoking foreign governments to retaliate with restrictions on U.S. reporters going abroad. Foreign Reporting of the U.S. and the U.N. is about to be completely transformed with “I” visa changes that threaten the livelihoods and legality of foreign correspondents – and no one is reporting it or protesting...

Event Recap

Jennings Award Winners Discuss Key Role of Citizen Journalism

Jennings Award Winners Discuss Key Role of Citizen Journalism

On Oct. 7, the OPC hosted a webinar with Waad Al-Kateab and Raney Aronson-Rath, the executive producer of FRONTLINE, PBS’ investigative journalism series,about the Peter Jennings Award-winning documentary For Sama. Robert Friedman of Bloomberg News, who served as head judge for the Jennings award jury, moderated...

People Remembered

Call Me Harry - A Remembrance of Sir Harold Evans by Allan Dodds Frank

Call Me Harry - A Remembrance of Sir Harold Evans by Allan Dodds Frank

Sir Harold Evans was a longtime friend of the Overseas Press Club who occasionally took time from his busy schedule to show up at an OPC event...

Press Freedom

OPC Condemns Hong Kong's New Restrictions on Press

OPC Condemns Hong Kong's New Restrictions on Press

The Overseas Press Club strongly opposes the new Hong Kong Police policy established Sept. 22 that narrows the definition of “media representatives” and grants law enforcement the power to determine which journalists can report on demonstrations in the city...

Event Recap

Murrow Award Winners Discuss Challenges in Reporting ‘Collision’

Murrow Award Winners Discuss Challenges in Reporting ‘Collision’

On Sept. 17, the OPC hosted an online discussion with the film’s producers, whose work won this year’s Edward R. Murrow Award for best TV, video or documentary interpretation of international affairs with a run time up to 30 minutes...

People Remembered

People Remembered: Jacqueline Albert Simon

People Remembered: Jacqueline Albert Simon

The OPC is saddened to hear that longtime OPC member, Governor and supporter Jacqueline Albert Simon died on Aug. 10 at the age of 98...

Event Recap

OPC and Gateway House Host Global Discussion on China Influence

OPC and Gateway House Host Global Discussion on China Influence

China, at the urging of President Xi Jinping, is pursuing technological goals and investment programs to build a China-centric global model, not to mention its militarization of the South China Sea and its clampdown on Hong Kong, panelists said during the webinar on Aug. 13...

Press Freedom

Press Freedom Update Aug. 14: Belarus

Press Freedom Update Aug. 14: Belarus

This week’s OPC Press Freedom update looks at Belarus in the wake of mass protests following the controversial Aug. 9 presidential election...

Press Freedom

OPC Condemns Arrest of Jimmy Lai

OPC Condemns Arrest of Jimmy Lai

Jimmy Lai, the 71-year-old Hong Kong pro-Democracy media mogul, was arrested Monday under the new National Security Law. His newspaper offices were raided and Lai along with six others were  charged with “suspicion of collusion with foreign forces,” according to news reports...

People Remembered

People Remembered: Pete Hamill

People Remembered: Pete Hamill

Veteran reporter, editor and columnist Pete Hamill, husband of OPC member Fukiko Hamill, died on Aug. 5 in Brooklyn at age 85...

People Remembered

People Remembered: Christopher Dickey

People Remembered: Christopher Dickey

The OPC is deeply saddened to learn that Christopher Dickey, legendary foreign correspondent, former OPC Governor and longtime member, died suddenly in Paris at the age of 68.

Donations

Help the Overseas Press Club Help Freelancers

Help the Overseas Press Club Help Freelancers

Freelance journalists around the world are suffering financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are stranded at home or abroad, because of travel restrictions and closed borders. Others have seen assignments dry up or have had payment for work underway or already completed reduced or canceled outright...

People Remembered

Arlene Getz Remembers Chris Dickey

Arlene Getz Remembers Chris Dickey

Arlene Getz, Past OPC Vice President and former editorial director of Newsweek: "There's another word that needs to be added to these moving memories of Chris. It's prescient...."

People Remembered

Mort Rosenblum Remembers Chris Dickey

Mort Rosenblum Remembers Chris Dickey

Christopher Dickey was a giant among us. He accomplished five times what the normal driven world-watcher does. He’d produce a solidly researched, poetically composed book in the time it would take most of us to do a Sunday feature. But he was never too busy to spend an hour or two in the Tuileries over a glass of something admirable and some properly aged Conté. He was thrilled when those old Nokias evolved, enabling him to work his magic from a cafe table on the Champs-Elysees when he wasn’t poking into some distant mayhem...

Event Recap

David Kaplan Award Winners from VICE News Share Background on 'Uganda: Orphanage Inc.'

David Kaplan Award Winners from VICE News Share Background on 'Uganda: Orphanage Inc.'

On July 9, the OPC hosted an online discussion with Hassan and two other members of her team: Joe Hill, associate producer and researcher; and Julia Lindau, producer. The moderator was Terry McCarthy of the American Society of Cinematographers, who served as head judge for the Kaplan Award...

Journalist Safety

What I’ve Learned Covering Social Unrest

What I’ve Learned Covering Social Unrest

Two generation-defining stories are colliding in America; the first wave of the great virus and the second wave of the civil rights movement. Journalists’ heads are spinning. Reporting on COVID-19 created a sudden and necessary urgency by media leaders to validate government precautions, while protests following the death of George Floyd rapidly diminished the foundational credibility of government institutions altogether. Journalists are called on now to make sense of these enormous social disruptions...

Press Freedom

China’s New Security Law Undermines Press Freedom in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s new National Security Law, a draconian rule which was drafted by Beijing and took effect July 1, is grave news for press freedom supporters, in addition to citizens of the former British colony who believe it will be used to permanently alter the laissez-faire nature of life in the island city...

Event Recap

Lowell Thomas Award Winners Discuss 'The Search'

Lowell Thomas Award Winners Discuss 'The Search'

On June 19, the OPC hosted an online discussion via Zoom with journalists and people close to the story who worked on a two-part podcast series about Najm’s disappearance, and family and friends’ long mission to track him down...

Event Recap

OPC Photography Award Winners Discuss Challenges

OPC Photography Award Winners Discuss Challenges

On June 10, 2020, the OPC hosted an online discussion via Zoom with this year’s photography award winners, including Dieu Nalio Chery of The Associated Press, winner of the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for best photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise; Moises Saman of National Geographic, winner of the Olivier Rebbot Award for best photographic news reporting from abroad in any medium; and Rena Effendi of The Wall Street Journal, winner of the Best Feature Photography award for best feature photography on an international theme published in any medium...

Event Recap

OPC Hosts Discussion About Bob Considine Award Winning Stories

OPC Hosts Discussion About Bob Considine Award Winning Stories

On June 3, the OPC hosted a discussion via Zoom with the journalists who worked on the series, including reporter Isabel Coles and photojournalist Rena Effendi. Peter Spiegel, US managing editor of the Financial Times and the head judge for the Bob Considine Award, moderated...

Press Freedom

OPC Condemns Conviction of Journalist Maria Ressa

OPC Condemns Conviction of Journalist Maria Ressa

The Overseas Press Club of America denounces a Philippine court’s wrongful conviction of journalist Maria Ressa and her former colleague at the news website Rappler, a verdict that underscores dire threats to press freedom under President Rodrigo Duterte...

Press Freedom

Press Freedom Update June 11

Press Freedom Update June 11

In this week’s OPC Press Freedom Update, we look at a press freedom role reversal for the U.S. and the Covid-19 outbreak..

Press Freedom

OPC Condemns Attacks on Journalists Covering Protests

OPC Condemns Attacks on Journalists Covering Protests

The Overseas Press Club condemns the harassment and targeted attacks on journalists covering the protests across the United States. The OPC and its Press Freedom Committee calls on U.S. law enforcement agencies as well as protesters to stop the use of violence and intimidation against the news media and accept the essential role that journalists play in a democracy.

Event Recap

OPC Launches Interview Series With Hal Boyle Award Winners

OPC Launches Interview Series With Hal Boyle Award Winners

On May 27, the OPC hosted a discussion with this year’s Hal Boyle Award winners, kicking off a series of online discussions with OPC Award Winners via Zoom...

Emergency Grants

OPC Makes Emergency Grants to Freelancers Coping With Pandemic

OPC Makes Emergency Grants to Freelancers Coping With Pandemic

OPC Past President Deidre Depke writes about the recipients of the club's $750 freelancer grants. Designed to offset some of the financial hardship created by COVID-19, 27 grants were awarded to freelance writers, photographers, and film and video reporters abroad and in the United States. A committee of OPC governors made the awards, working from nearly 50 applications...

Press Freedom

OPC Weekly Press Freedom Update

OPC Weekly Press Freedom Update

The Overseas Press Club asks that people join us in supporting global advocates for press freedom, free speech, and human rights...

Event Recap

Krithika Varagur Discusses 'Unstable Byproducts' of Global Saudi Influence

Krithika Varagur Discusses 'Unstable Byproducts' of Global Saudi Influence

More than four decades ago, Saudi Arabia stepped up its soft-power campaign of influence across the Muslim world and permanently shaped the geopolitical landscape, with the campaign’s fruits now taking on a life of their own. On May 14, journalist Krithika Varagur, OPC member and 2019 Sally Jacobsen Fellowship winner, shared insights and discussed her new book about the Saudi fundamentalist program, titled The Call: Inside the Global Saudi Religious Project.

Press Freedom

OPC Highlights Urgent Threats on World Press Freedom Day

OPC Highlights Urgent Threats on World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day on May 3, the annual event organized by the United Nations in 1993, kicks off a weeklong series of observances. The commemorations will take place amid the ongoing battle against the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought some unfortunate side effects for journalism...

Event Recap

Tiff Roberts Discusses China's Uncertain Future in the Wake of COVID-19

Tiff Roberts Discusses China's Uncertain Future in the Wake of COVID-19

During the OPC’s first post-quarantine event online last week, author and club member Dexter “Tiff” Roberts said during a Zoom discussion that fallout from China’s COVID-19 outbreak will likely threaten the country’s ability to transform its economy and worsen an already precarious rural-urban divide. On April 23, Roberts discussed how the pandemic might shape the country’s future, as well as a host of issues raised in his new book “The Myth of Chinese Capitalism,” which was published on March 10 just as the U.S. was starting its lockdown...

COVID-19

OPC Citation Winner Gerry Shih Chronicles China Outbreak Before Expulsion

OPC Citation Winner Gerry Shih Chronicles China Outbreak Before Expulsion

In March, China expelled more than a dozen U.S. journalists in retaliation against tightened controls on Chinese journalists imposed in the month before. Among them was Gerry Shih of The Washington Post, the recipient of the OPC’s Citation for Excellence in the Hal Boyle category this year. Shih had served as China correspondent for the Post since September 2018, most recently following the coronavirus outbreak from the beginning of the crisis...

Member Commentary

OPC Member Commentary: Should Americans Learn How to Bow?

OPC Member Commentary: Should Americans Learn How to Bow?

OPC Past President William J. Holstein and his longtime friend and colleague, Toshio Aritake, wrote a blog post from self-quarantine on the tradition of bowing in Japan, and its possible use as a replacement for handshakes in a world threatened by current and future pandemics...

OPC Awards

Overseas Press Club of America Announces Annual Award Winners

The plight of immigrant populations fleeing violence across several continents and the state of ISIS after the caliphate emerged as the leading storylines among the 22 winners of the 81st Annual Overseas Press Club Awards...

Press Freedom

CPJ Outlines Trump's Press Freedom Attacks in New Report

CPJ Outlines Trump's Press Freedom Attacks in New Report

The Trump Administration’s methods of undermining press freedom and media credibility have been “dangerously effective,” according to a special report prepared for The Committee to Protect Journalists. The CPJ has formally requested a meeting with President Trump to discuss its concerns...

Member Profiles

Meet the OPC Members: Q&A with Ivan Flores

Meet the OPC Members: Q&A with Ivan Flores

Ivan Flores is an American multimedia journalist based in Afghanistan covering conflict, political and cultural issues. He has filed for a range of media organizations, including The New York Times, Foreign Policy, CBS Radio, CBC, The Guardian, The National, Al Jazeera, NPR, La Repubblica, VOX Media, and others...

OPC Press ID

OPC Offers Press ID

OPC Offers Press ID

The Overseas Press Club offers photo ID card options for our working press members...

People Remembered

Marcy McGinnis' Tribute to Maria Mercader

Marcy McGinnis' Tribute to Maria Mercader

OPC member Marcy McGinnis writes a tribute about her friend and colleague, Maria Mercader, CBS network veteran who died on Sunday, March 29...

Annual Awards Dinner

OPC Awards Dinner Update

OPC Awards Dinner Update

The Overseas Press Club of America has made the sad but inevitable decision to cancel the club’s annual awards dinner this year, originally scheduled for April 23...

Event Recap

Kristof and WuDunn Discuss 'Tightrope'

Kristof and WuDunn Discuss 'Tightrope'

On Feb. 20, New York Times op-ed columnist and OPC member Nicholas Kristof, along with his wife and co-author, business executive Sheryl WuDunn, joined the OPC to talk about their new book Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, which focuses on the crisis facing America’s working class...

People Remembered

People Remembered: Maria Mercader

People Remembered: Maria Mercader

The OPC is saddened to learn that OPC Foundation board member Maria Mercader, CBS network veteran who covered breaking news for nearly three decades, died from COVID-19 in a New York hospital...

OPC Foundation

Clare Baldwin Tells OPC Scholars to Fight Impunity

Clare Baldwin Tells OPC Scholars to Fight Impunity

Clare Baldwin, award-winning special correspondent for Reuters based in Hong Kong, urged journalists embarking on new careers to balance hard data with ground-level human stories during the OPC Foundation’s Scholar Awards Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020...

OPC Foundation

Help the OPC Foundation with Amazon Smile

Help the OPC Foundation with Amazon Smile

Every time you shop on Amazon, you can support the Overseas Press Club Foundation...

Press Freedom

OPC Condemns China for Revoking US Journalist Visas

OPC Condemns China for Revoking US Journalist Visas

The Overseas Press Club condemns the Chinese government’s retaliatory decision to revoke the media credentials of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. The OPC hopes that U.S. and China officials can find a solution that would allow more media coverage and greater transparency,..

People Remembered

People Remembered: Harriett Sloan Corporon

People Remembered: Harriett Sloan Corporon

Harriett Sloan Corporon, wife of OPC Past President John Corporon (1996 – 1998) passed away on Sunday, Jan. 26 in hospice care at home in Park Slope, Brooklyn...

People Rememered

People Remembered: Jim Lehrer

People Remembered: Jim Lehrer

Jim Lehrer Longtime PBS NewsHour anchor and recipient of the OPC's President's Award in 2009, died on January 23rd, at age 85...

OPC Members

Farnaz Fassihi Covers Precarious Events in Iran

Farnaz Fassihi Covers Precarious Events in Iran

As the New York Times correspondent covering Iran, OPC Governor Farnaz Fassihi has been in extra high gear since before the new year, keeping up with assassinations, attacks, mass protests, the tragedy of a downed jetliner, and volatile Iran-US brinksmanship...

Journalist Safety

ACOS Alliance Expands Its Reach with Help from the OPC and OPC Foundation

The culture of Safety alliance (ACOS) is expanding its geographic reach and the range of support it is providing to help editors, producers and freelance journalists of all stripes as they seek to cover an increasingly dangerous world...

Journalist Safety

ACOS Alliance Offers Insurance for Correspondents and Local Media

The ACOS Alliance, the coalition that came together following the murders of James Foley and Steven Sotloff, is working with insurers and stakeholders to facilitate access to affordable insurance for all journalists...

Journalist Safety

ACOS Editors’ Workshop Highlights Urgent Need for Digital Vigilance for Journalists

Online harassment of journalists, particularly women and minorities, is at an all-time high and only going to get worse. That’s the warning delivered by an expert panel of press freedom defenders who conducted an Editors’ Safety Workshop at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism...

Event Recap

OPC Members Play Major Roles in Foreign Editors Circle Meeting

OPC President Pancho Bernasconi participated in a panel titled “The Power of the Image in Foreign Coverage” at the 7th Foreign Editors Circle at the New York headquarters of The Associated Press on Nov. 15. The day-long gathering was hosted by AP and the International Press Institute’s North American Committee...

Journalist Safety

OPC Funds Helped Support Hostile Environment Safety Training in Kenya

OPC Funds Helped Support Hostile Environment Safety Training in Kenya

The OPC donated $950 from its freelance safety training fund to cover the fees for psychosocial and digital security trainers at a hostile environment awareness training course in Nairobi and Limuru, Kenya on Nov. 30...

Press Freedom

Number of Journalists Killed in 2019 Falls to Record Low

Number of Journalists Killed in 2019 Falls to Record Low

The number of journalists killed for their reporting dropped to a 17-year low in 2019, according to the annual report by The Committee to Protect Journalists...

Press Freedom

CPJ Report Places China as Worst Jailer of Journalists

CPJ Report Places China as Worst Jailer of Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists found in its annual press freedom survey that at least 250 journalists are imprisoned around the world, and declared China as the top jailer of journalists in the world, overtaking Turkey for the first time in four years...

Event Recap

OPC Panel Marks 30th Anniversary of the Opening of the Berlin Wall

OPC Panel Marks 30th Anniversary of the Opening of the Berlin Wall

The world observed a seismic shift of history when the Berlin Wall opened on Nov. 9, 1989, as images and reporting from journalists on the ground showed throngs of residents celebrating the end of a divided city, sparking hope and optimism across the East and West...

OPC Members

OPC Member Reports from Front Lines in Hong Kong

OPC Member Reports from Front Lines in Hong Kong

OPC member Suzanne Sataline has witnessed turmoil in Hong Kong from close range while covering protests, and experienced firsthand how police are targeting and intimidating journalists. She wrote an extensive piece for The Atlantic recounting how over the last five months, “police tactics have grown more sudden, more violent, and more arbitrary against civilian demonstrators and the press.”

OPC Members

William J. Holstein Urges US to Boost Defenses Against China’s Campaign of Tech Theft

William J. Holstein Urges US to Boost Defenses Against China’s Campaign of Tech Theft

OPC past president William J. Holstein wrote an op-ed piece for The Wall Street Journal warning that the recent arrest of a California tour guide on espionage charges is only a symptom of Beijing’s wider tech espionage campaign...

Press IDs

OPC Offers Press IDs With Chinese Script

OPC Offers Press IDs With Chinese Script

The OPC is pleased to be able to offer OPC press IDs labeled with “PRESS” in Chinese characters. This new option is in addition to IDs that are available with “PRESS” in Arabic script. Both options are available for the larger government-style badges for $40, as well as the credit-card sized press IDs...

OPC Members

Rukmini Callimachi Watches Turkish Invasion in Syria with Dismay

Rukmini Callimachi Watches Turkish Invasion in Syria with Dismay

OPC member and former governor Rukmini Callimachi has closely followed escalating conflict in northern Syria after President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops. She is a New York Times foreign correspondent covering Al Qaeda and ISIS, currently at home on maternity leave. Callimachi warned of a growing humanitarian crisis, and expressed dismay that Turkey’s invasion of Syria could revive ISIS and reverse hard-fought gains against the group...

Event Recap

Panelists Call for Change as Hong Kong Protests Intensify

Panelists Call for Change as Hong Kong Protests Intensify

Since the passage of Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill in June, the country has seen massive protests against the government. The bill was withdrawn, but demonstrations aren’t stopping anytime soon, and their methods are only growing more sophisticated. On Sept. 19, author and journalist Philip Bowring joined New York-based activist Anna Yeung-Cheung to discuss the future of Hong Kong in a panel moderated by OPC governor Pete Engardio, called “Can Hong Kong Survive?”

Event Recap

Journalists Share Stories About US-Bound Migrant Caravans

Journalists Share Stories About US-Bound Migrant Caravans

In late 2018, a caravan of migrants embarked on a journey that would span more than 2,500 miles from Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border. On Sept. 16, the OPC and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism co-sponsored a program with two journalists who were in the ground and followed the story closely...

Member Dispatch

Journalist Tells a Tale of Two Mastheads in Cambodia

Journalist Tells a Tale of Two Mastheads in Cambodia

The mastheads of Cambodia’s two storied English news outlets look the same as they did when I arrived in the country, but for those of us working covering the swiftly developing Southeast Asian country, the last two years have been a sea change...

Press Freedom

NYT Publisher Sulzberger Shares Threats to Journalism in Trump Era

NYT Publisher Sulzberger Shares Threats to Journalism in Trump Era

New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger wrote an op-ed about a relentless global campaign targeting journalists because of the "fundamental role they play in ensuring a free and informed society.”

ACOS Alliance

Safety Training: Where are the editors?

Safety Training: Where are the editors?

This article is reprinted with permission from the online magazine Witness, where it first appeared. Co-authors are Jason Reich, ACOS Alliance Board Member, and Elisabet Cantenys, Executive Director, ACOS Alliance...

Journalist Safety

OPC Donates Money for Hostile Environment Training in Beirut

OPC Donates Money for Hostile Environment Training in Beirut

The OPC is pleased to announce it is donating $5,500 to pay the cost of one of three trainers at a hostile environment and first aid training course (HEFAT) in Beirut for freelance and local journalists during the last week of November. The program is run by the ACOS Alliance in partnership with International Women’s Media Foundation, Samir Kassir Eyes Center, Golf Center for Human Rights, Frontline Freelance Register, Rory Peck Trust and the Maries Colvin Journalists’ Network. 

OPC History

The Mysterious OPC Plaque at Chateau Vouilly

The Mysterious OPC Plaque at Chateau Vouilly

Chateau Vouilly has loomed large in my mind ever since OPC member John Morris and I worked together to present several events, most notably introducing his book Quelque Part en France in Bayeux, Normandy...

Field Report

OPC Press Badges Create Universal Access

OPC Press Badges Create Universal Access

I had no idea my new OPC press badges would give me unlimited access to covering one of the most horrific mass shootings of Jewish people in U.S. history. On a rainy October day in Pittsburgh, Pa., I walked quickly to the first of several press conferences that would unveil the somber and tragic acts of Robert Bowers...

Membership Fund

OPC Launches New Membership Fund for Freelancers

OPC Launches New Membership Fund for Freelancers

Please consider supporting the work of international freelance journalists by donating to the Membership Fund of the Overseas Press Club of America. Accurate, unbiased reporting is more important now than ever. But much of the work is being done by freelancers who have little institutional support from news organization...

OPC Press ID

OPC Press ID: ‘A Lifesaver’

OPC Press ID: ‘A Lifesaver’

In the winter of 2013, I heard a story about U.S.-backed forces burying a child alive in a remote village in Kandahar, Afghanistan. While investigating, I was arrested by forces loyal to the brutal police chief Abdul Raziq, America’s man in Kandahar. I was expelled from Kandahar and barred from ever returning...