What is the Press Club of New Orleans?

In 1957, nearly 100 journalists and public relations professionals gathered in modest quarters in the 200 block of Camp Street to organize the Press Club of New Orleans. The goal of the group was to promote and improve the field of journalism and its related professions through professional development. Today, the Press Club activities include the professional, educational and social. The club’s 200 members represent every level of their fields.

What We Do

The Press Club of New Orleans strives to balance its endeavors among the profession, the educational and the social. An annual awards banquet encourages and rewards excellence in the print and broadcast media, as well as public relations. The Gridiron Show, the Press Club’s major social and fundraiser of the year, provides journalists with their one opportunity to abandon objectivity and fairness in favor of humor and fun. This roast of politicians and other newsmakers is staged each spring. Professional development seminars on such topics as ethics and libel give insight and provide a forum for dialogue. Scholarship competitions reward promising students with leanings toward journalism and communication. A monthly media mixer leads the list of social and networking events. A newsletter and our website offer Press Club scoop and other information for working media professionals and educators.

Where We Meet

The Press Club’s varied activities are held throughout the city at hotels, restaurants, universities and other locations.

When We Meet

Events are held at least once a month.

Why We Meet

To help colleagues in communications fields keep up with the latest inside information, to ensure that its members reach their career potential through professional development, and to simply enjoy good times.

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