Jeff Ballou, the president of the National Press Club, will speak at the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, March 29. Ballou, a news editor at Al Jazeera Media Network, 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. 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.” There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech. The event is co-sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.Visit their website at www.press.org.