The Overseas Press Club of America
) was founded in 1939 in New York City
by a group of foreign correspondents
. The wire service
reporter Carol Weld
was a founding member. The club seeks to maintain an international association of journalists
working in the United States and abroad; to encourage the highest standards of professional integrity and skill in the reporting of news
; to help educate a new generation of journalists; to contribute to the freedom
and independence of journalists and the press throughout the world, and to work toward better communication
and understanding among people. The organization has approximately 500 members, who are media industry leaders.
Every April, the OPC holds a dinner to award excellence in journalism
for the previous year.The awards are juried
by industry peers. The organization also has a foundation that distributes scholarships
to college students who want to begin a career as a foreign correspondent. Many scholarship winners secure international assignments at some of the most prestigious news outlets in the world.
In April 2008, the OPC relaunched its Web site to include community features for members like forums, commenting, page sharing through email/print/download and RSVP and bill pay functions.
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