Reporters Rocked the House for Charity at Journopalooza III | Events
The National Press Club was rockin' recently as reporters hit the stage armed with their instruments, musical talent, and rock star finery. At Journopalooza III, "journo-bands" competed to raise money for three charitable media organizations: The Committee to Protect Journalists/Journalist Assistance Program, The Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library, and Reporters Without Borders.
The bands delivered fun and high-energy performances as an enthusiastic crowd---of more than 600 people---danced and cheered on the musicians. In all, seven bands performed, including: Dirty Bomb, Nobody’s Business, NRBK, Rebecca Christie & Peter Fields, Suspicious Package, The Charm Offensive, and The Stepping Stones.
The event had several sponsors, including BAE Systems, Flying Dog Ales, and Recording Industry Association of America. When asked about RIAA's sponsorship of the event, Senior Vice President Jonathan Lamy noted, "This event is a perfect fit for us. It focuses on two things that are very important to RIAA: the First Amendment and music."
All of the bands were impressive, but one band was ultimately named the evening's winner, as determined by monetary votes from the crowd. That band, Suspicious Package, comprises Tom Toles (Pulitzer Prize-Winning Editorial Cartoonist at The Washington Post), Dr. Christina Sevilla (Director for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison of the U.S. Trade Representative), Bryan Greene (General Deputy Assistant Secretary of HUD), Tim Berger (Journalist), and Josh Meyer (Director of Education and Outreach, National Security Journalism Initiative at Medill Northwestern).
There were many other notable performers including John Kelly of The Stepping Stones (Columnist at The Washington Post); Jonathan Landay of Nobody's Business (National Security and Intelligence Correspondent with McClatchy); and Andy Sullivan of Dirty Bomb (Correspondent, Political and General News, Reuters).