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A teen pop rock idol, country superstars, and internationally renowned television journalists are contributing to an online auction for the NPC Scholarship Fund to promote diversity in newsrooms. Sponsored by The National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the charity auction offers opportunities to bid on celebrity memorabilia and win “experience” visits with America’s most-influential news personalities from nationally-recognized news shows.

A winning bidder could win a personalized Gibson Flying V Faded guitar signed by Nick Jonas, the youngest of the Jonas Brothers or an autographed guitar from Grammy Award-winning country music star Toby Keith. Lucky news junkies could win visits with their favorite news correspondents by bidding on:

  • A visit to a production of “Amanpour” and coffee with its host Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s International Correspondent, during Thanksgiving week New York City.
  • A meeting with FOX News’ Greta van Susteren, ranked by Forbes Magazine among the world’s 100 most powerful women, at a live taping of "On the Record – and an appearance on her internet news show “Greta Live Wire.”
  • Tickets to the Sept. 28 National Press Club Luncheon with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, and a chance to have your photo taken with Burns at a VIP reception at the Press Club in in Washington, D.C.
  • Attending a live broadcast of the second oldest show on television, “Face the Nation,” followed by a VIP tour of the studio given by CBS News host Bob Schieffer.
  • Other items include a Mary Tyler Moore-autographed script of “Chuckles Bites the Dust,” the 1975 sitcom Emmy-winning script ranked by TV Guide as the #3 TV episode of all times; books and dvd collections signed by Grammy-Award winners Dolly Parton and Billy Joel; and weekend visits in top Washington, D.C.’s luxury hotels.

The NPC auction will run through September 24 on CharityFolks.com. For details on auction items and to bid, click here.

The auction benefits the National Press Club Scholarship Fund for Diversity in Journalism/ Persina Scholarship and raises funds for four-year college scholarships for minority students who plan to pursue a career in print, broadcast or online journalism. The NPC Scholarship Fund works to promote the cause of diversity in newsrooms and has helped launch the careers of talented minority journalists. The NPC’s Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library has distributed nearly $600 ,000 in scholarships to bright young people who needed financial assistance to attend journalism schools around the country.

The National Press Club, founded in 1908 in Washington, D.C., has more than 3,500 members worldwide. The NPC is widely known for its Speaker Luncheon Series televised by C-SPAN and carried by XM Satellite Radio, and American Public Media, and its public forums for visiting heads of state. The NPC conducts an aggressive program of professional education for journalists, funds scholarships for journalism students, and operates the nation’s only non-academic research library for journalists. www.press.org

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