Alfred Friendly Press Partners (AFPP) is a nonprofit that bonds with journalists and news organizations from information-hungry societies and prepares them to practice professional, ethical and innovative journalism. It accomplishes its mission through hands-on training in U.S. and international newsrooms and within the Missouri School of Journalism.

ASPR has led the strategy and execution of the AFPP’s annual gala dinners at the National Press Club, where journalists were honored for the successful completion of their fellowships. The events have been hosted by Major Garrett, CBS News chief Washington correspondent and have included remarks from VIPs such as former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Stuart Eizenstat and Karen DeYoung of the Washington Post.

Further work has included sharing the story of founder Alfred Friendly with Washington Post columnist John Kelly and additional outreach efforts. In recent times, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a need to explore unique ways to highlight the nonprofit’s work through online interactions with donors and alumni.

CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett (left) confers with Shapiro before the event.