Newsmakers are one hour news conferences that are run by the Club for the benefit of members and the press corps. Guests such as Members of Congress, key government officials, experts in policy, leaders of influential organizations and others agree to give a brief statement and to submit to questions from the press. This is a conventional news conference that is open to all credentialed press, members of the National Press Club and their guests. C-Span and other outlets decide which Newsmakers to cover and while they are frequently covered it is not C-Span policy to cover every Newsmaker event as it is with the Luncheons. Often, however, there can be dozens of cameras covering these events depending on the topic and the news agenda for that day. The NPC records audio of all these newsmaker events but shoots video and still photography on a case-by-case basis.
There are about 150 Newsmakers per year. These events can take place in any of the Press Club rooms are while most start are at 9 or 10 a.m. they can take place at any time of the day. The Newsmakers are organized by the Club’s Newsmaker Committee. You may pitch the Committee to consider your topic or guest for a program (http://press.org/speakers