July 19, 2019

Event Coverage Highlight

VIDEO: C.J. Chivers Tells OPC Scholars to ‘Stick to Basics’



The Overseas Press Club Foundation presented 16 scholarship awards at the organization’s annual Scholar Awards Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at the Yale Club.

During his opening remarks, OPC Foundation President Bill Holstein said the organization is helping to fighting a global battle, by launching the careers of journalists’ who share key values of integrity and hard work.

“We’re fighting against the forces of isolationism, against a sort of national navel-gazing that’s going on today, we’re fighting against all the bullies and thugs around the world, including here at home,” Holstein told the luncheon crowd.

C.J. Chivers, Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for The New York Times, was the keynote speaker at the event.

He told scholars to “stick to basics. The biggest and best stories are just from someone who was brilliant at the basics repeatedly across a reporting project. And remember that very little that’s good rises from weak roots.”

Click the window above to watch the full keynote from Chivers, as well as other clips from the program. Watch this space as we add more clips to the YouTube playlist.