Tonight--"The State of Online Publishing." A panel discussion of the 24-7 news cycle and its effect on the depth and perspective of journalism, plus a look at the possible newsrooms of tomorrow.

6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Sponsor: National Press Club. Cost: No charge to members, $10 nonmembers. Contact: Tim Maloy, 301-229-4745, timmaloy@aol.com. Event Web site: http://npc.press.org.

Tomorrow--Executive Breakfast Briefing: Education. A seminar on the rapidly expanding market for distance-learning technologies in K-12 and higher-education institutions.

7:45 to 10 a.m., Sheraton Premier at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike. Sponsor: Washington Technology. Cost: $30. Contact: Sonja Barbour, 703-848-2800, Ext. 124, sbarbour@pnbi.com. Event Web site: http://www.wtonline.com/events.

Monday--Content & Coffee. Jeff South, an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, will speak on making the transition from writing for print to online media.

6 to 8:30 p.m., First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Sponsor: National Press Club. No charge. Contact: Sacha Cohen, 202-364-1533, sachacohen@worldnet.att.net. Web site: http://www.sciencesitescom.com/candc.html.

Wednesday--"Getting the PR Needed to Attract Venture Capitalists." A council of industry experts discusses the importance of public relations in achieving venture-capital funding and the eventual initial public offering.

7:30 to 9:30 a.m., McLean Hilton, 7920 Jones Branch Dr. Sponsor: Northern Virginia Technology Council. Cost: $35 members, $50 nonmembers. Contact: Ann S. Pederson, 703-691-3004, asi@appliedsolutions.com. Event Web site: http://www.nvtc.org/Events/events.html.

Wednesday--Internet Entrepreneurs Toastmasters. Learn how to speak convincingly about your ideas on television and in front of large groups through careful training and coaching.

7 to 9 p.m., Bell Atlantic, 1710 H St. NW. Sponsor: Toastmasters. No charge. Contact: Angela Robb, 703-277-9666, angelarobb@aol.com. Web site: http://www.piva.net/news/.

Wednesday--"Procuring Technology: Your Options and What You Need to Know." A discussion of the options and most cost-effective ways for companies to upgrade their hardware and software systems.

7:30 to 9 a.m., Hidden Creek Country Club, 1711 Clubhouse Rd., Reston. Sponsor: Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce Technology Forum. Cost: $10 members, $15 nonmembers. Contact: Kathryn George, 703-707-9045, kgeorge@restonchamber.org. Web site: http://www.restonchamber.org.

Next Thursday--Trends in the Internet Economy and the Online Consumer. A look at the key trends that interactive ventures need to recognize to develop strong online presence. The seminar also will consider who is online and how those demographics are likely to change in the future.

8 to 10:30 a.m., Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Sponsor: Jupiter Communications Inc. No charge. For registration or more information, call 1-800-488-4345, Ext. 6424, breakfast@jup.com. Event Web site: http://www.jup.com/events/breakfast/110499_washingtondc.html.

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