Press Club of New Orleans History

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 approximately 300 members represent every level of their respective fields.

What We Do

The Press Club of New Orleans is 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the professional skills of people in our industry via education, scholarships, networking and professional development. The membership includes journalists, journalism educators and public relations professionals. The PCNO annual Excellence in Journalism Awards Gala encourages and rewards excellence in the print, online and broadcast media, as well as public relations. Professional development seminars on topics relevant to the industry provide insight and 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,  website and social media channels offer PCNO 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. The board of directors meets monthly. There also is an annual membership meeting to conduct elections, as well as a yearly holiday party.

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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