Jeff Ballou, the president of the National Press Club, was the speaker at the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, March 29. The event was co-sponsored by the men Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Eta Tau Lambda Chapter and the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.
Brother Ballou is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and news editor at Al Jazeera Media Network, he was elected in December and took office in January. He is the first African-American male to be president in the club’s 109-year-old history. Brother Ballou has been a National Press Club member since 1992. He previously was vice president and first was elected to the board of governors in 2012.
“Our profession is under attack,” Ballou said at the time of election. “The work, voice, safe harbor and fellowship of the National Press Club are needed now, more than ever. We are seeing some of the finest journalism of our time covering the biggest stories of our time. But faith in journalism is shaken in part by those pretending to be us and lying while doing it.”
Brother Ballou brought a message of discernment of the news that was directed to journalists, but was also meant for the public at large to seek the truth in the news and to read various news sources for verification.