Obama promised an era of openness, but journalists say it’s the opposite. Reporters often encounter closed doors when seeking data and interviews from the administration.
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Christi Parsons of L.A. Times/Chicago Tribune and president of the White House Correspondents’ Association in an email to members: “Colleen McCain Nelson [of the Wall Street Journal], the wonder volunteer who has been running our Magazine Seat rotation so ably for the last few months, has agreed to serve as our first-ever Print Pool Chair. … Vice President Carol Lee and I agree that she is the perfect person to pioneer this position for the Print Pools. You may have heard of the parallel titles in the TV and Radio pools. The Pool Chair’s role … include[s] … arbitrating policy decisions in consultation with the full pool and the WHCA board …
“[T]he Pool Chair … rotates quarterly. That helps the TV and Radio folks share the workload, but also gives everyone an inside look at how the system works. … People … have more faith in a system that they help to run. The pools belong to the members, not to the White House. That is an important principle at stake … Mike Shear of the New York Times has agreed to take over the Magazine rotation duties.”
The White House Briefing Room seating chart was released Tuesday by the White House Correspondents’ Association. USA Today White House reporter, Gregory Korte, created this visualization of the room.
“The White House Correspondents’ Association recently made adjustments to the briefing seating chart, promoting some news organizations and instituting seat-sharing arrangements for others. The calculus that goes into the assignments is part tenure, part audience and part commitment to the White House beat. News organizations that don’t show up every day will find another reporter sitting in its seat; miss enough briefings and the seat may be lost permanently.”
One of the biggest updates: “Newcomers Buzzfeed and Al Jazeera get partial seats through seat-sharing arrangements with Scripps-Howard News Service and the Chicago Sun-Times, respectively.”
Read more via USA Today: Here’s the new White House briefing room seating chart