JANUARY 15, 2017 STATEMENT
Subject: WHCA statement on meeting with Sean Spicer
On behalf of the White House Correspondents' Association, I met with incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer today. We had a constructive, nearly 2-hour meeting. We discussed his interest in increasing participation in White House briefings when President-elect Donald Trump takes office. That has sparked his team to consider moving daily briefings out of the White House's James S. Brady Press Briefing Room to a larger facility on the White House complex.
The White House Correspondents' Association has always advocated for increasing access and transparency for the benefit of all news outlets and the public.
I emphasized the importance of the White House press briefing room and noted that it is open to all journalists who seek access now.
I made clear that the WHCA would view it as unacceptable if the incoming administration sought to move White House reporters out of the press work space behind the press briefing room. Access in the West Wing to senior administration officials, including the press secretary, is critical to transparency and to journalists' ability to do their jobs.
Sean agreed to discuss any additional changes that the incoming administration considers with the WHCA ahead of time.
Sean expressed concern that journalists adhere to a high level of decorum at press briefings and press conferences. I made clear that the WHCA would object, always, to a reporter being thrown out of a briefing or press conference.
The WHCA looks forward to having a constructive relationship with the president-elect's press team and to standing up for the rights of a free press to report vigorously on the new administration.
-Jeff Mason, WHCA president
JANUARY 11, 2017: WHCA JOURNALISM AWARDS
The White House Correspondents' Association™ is presenting three major journalism awards at the annual dinner on April 29, 2017, to recognize distinguished reporting. The awards are among the most prestigious in our field. Prizes range from $1,000 to $2,500. You are encouraged to review your 2016 reporting and consider entering the competition. The three contests are open to print and broadcast journalists. The submission deadline is 5:00 PM, March 3, 2017.
The Merriman Smith Award ($2,500) recognizes presidential news coverage under deadline pressure, with separate awards for print and broadcast journalists.
The Aldo Beckman Award ($1,000) recognizes repeated excellence in White House coverage, with a single award for either a print or broadcast journalist.
The Edgar A. Poe Award ($2,500) recognizes excellence in coverage of news of national or regional significance, with a single award for either a print or broadcast journalist.
READ MORE ON THE AWARDS PAGE AND DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORMS
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A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE WHCA
Welcome to the White House Correspondents' Association website. We represent hundreds of journalists who cover the White House. They are print, television, radio and online reporters and photographers covering the White House for a broad range of outlets that have widespread reach in the U.S. and abroad. The WHCA's mission is to ensure a strong free press and robust coverage of the presidency by advocating for access to the president, White House events and administration officials. We also work to encourage new generations of White House correspondents through our college scholarship program. On our website, you'll find information about WHCA members, our history, our events--including our annual White House Correspondents' dinner--and our scholarships and awards. Thank you for your interest and support. We welcome your feedback and look forward to hearing from you.
--Jeff Mason, Reuters
ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' Association™
The WHCA™ represents the White House press corps in its dealings with the administration on coverage-related issues.
A nine-member board of directors, elected by correspondents, addresses access to the chief executive; coverage arrangements; work space arrangements; logistics and costs for press travel to accompany a president on the road. Information about our OFFICERS and BOARD MEMBERS is available on our site.
The association also holds an ANNUAL DINNER to raise money for WHCA SCHOLARSHIPS and honor the professional recipients of the WHCA's JOURNALISM AWARDS. Proceeds from the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner go toward scholarships and awards that recognize aspiring and accomplished journalists. Auctions and raffles of WHCA DINNER tickets designed to raise money for other organizations or for commercial purposes are against the policy of the organization. The 2017 dinner will be held on April 29th. Only members are eligible to purchase tickets.
SCHOLARSHIPS for promising journalism students play an important part in the associations' mission. Read about the talented recipients who were honored and learn about our expanded scholarship program.
We are proud to sponsor several prestigious professional journalism AWARDS that highlight our colleagues' significant accomplishments in the field. A CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS goes out in January, and awards are presented in the spring at the annual dinner.
Learn about the HISTORY of the WHCA. Over the years, many of our association's activities have been documented by C-SPAN, which is hosting a video archive of the White House Correspondents' Association dinners and related historical footage.
To qualify for regular MEMBERSHIP, a correspondent must be employed on the editorial staff of a newspaper, magazine, wire service, radio, TV, cable TV, or other broadcast organization or news gathering organization that regularly reports on the White House. His or her principal journalistic assignments must involve White House coverage with such activities as attending briefings or participating in the in-town pool rotation.The applicant must have permanent White House press credentials. There is also a non-voting associate membership. Read the WHCABY-LAWS to determine your eligibility. If you are interested in joining, download a MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION. If you are already a member, visit the membership page for additional information about MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS.
We are posting PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS to help keep you up-to-date on current Association issues.
We're usually the ones asking questions, but you may have a few for us. If so, please CONTACT THE WHCA. We'd enjoy hearing from you.
White House press briefing, photo/Doug Mills, New York Times
2016 WHCA™ JOURNALISM AWARDS
The winner of the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award for excellence in White House coverage is Carol Lee of the Wall Street Journal.
The winner of the Merriman Smith Award for outstanding White House coverage under deadline pressure is Matt Viser of the Boston Globe. The winner of the Merriman Smith award for broadcast journalism is Norah O'Donnell of CBS News.
The Edgar A. Poe awards, which recognizes excellence in coverage of events or investigative topics of regional or national interest, will be shared this year by Terrence McCoy of The Washington Post and Neela Banerjee, John Cushman Jr., David Hasemyer and Lisa Song of InsideClimate News.
READ MORE ON THE AWARDS PAGE
2016 WHCA™ SCHOLARSHIPS
The White House Correspondents' Association is pleased to announce 18 scholarship winners in partnership with Howard University, Northwestern University, Columbia University, University of Missouri, University of California at Berkeley, University of Maryland, and the George Washington University.
The WHCA sponsors some $100,000 in scholarships that are awarded at our annual dinner every year. In 2016, to go beyond just awarding funds, the board started a mentorship program that paired up students with members of the association for career advice and counsel. The program was a big success. READ MORE ON THE SCHOLARSHIPS PAGE
photo: Gabriela Riccardi
2016 WHCA™ DINNER
Visit our 2016 SLIDESHOW and the visit DINNER, SCHOLARSHIPS, and AWARDS for more photos of the event.
© 2016 Mary F. Calvert Photography
Use the sidebar links at the right for links to earlier WHCA DINNERs and awards presentations.
HISTORY OF THE WHCA
In 2014 the White House Correspondents' Association marked the 100th anniversary of its founding to advocate for reporters on that historic assignment. The group has grown and expanded its activities, in 1920 launching a spring dinner that now merits news coverage along with a yearly appearance by the sitting president.
The journalists of today's WHCA share the spirit of those early forerunners, pushing for access to the president and members of the administration amid the challenges of a modern media landscape.
As the association celebrated its anniversary year, veteran White House reporters, political journalists and scholars traced the story of that evolving group of professionals in a series of blog posts on this website. The year-long series was produced in cooperation with the White House Historical Association.
Read about the 100 YEAR HISTORY OF THE WHCA and watch A+E's History Channel video commemorating the WHCA's Centennial on our HISTORY page.
Newspaper correspondents and President Coolidge on the White House Lawn, 8/24/1923. National Photo Company Collection/ Library of Congress
Photo/Doug Mills, New York Times
Photo: Doug Mills, New York Times.
Please submit your online entries by 3/3/17 at 5 PM
The next WHCA dinner takes place on April 29, 2017. Only members are eligbile to purchase tickets.
New membership applications and renewals are accepted ONLY from August 1 - March 1 of each calendar year. Visit the MEMBERSHIP PAGE to download the WHCA application/renewal form. The deadline is March 1.
Only WHCA™ members and their organizations are eligible to purchase tickets for the annual dinner. Please visit the MEMBERSHIP PAGE of our site to review eligibility requirements.
Proceeds from the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner go toward scholarships and awards that recognize aspiring and accomplished journalists. Auctions and raffles of WHCA DINNER tickets designed to raise money for other organizations or for commercial purposes are against the policy of the WHCA.
PRESIDENT: JEFF MASON, REUTERS
VICE PRESIDENT: MARGARET TALEV, BLOOMBERG
SECRETARY: TODD GILLMAN, DALLAS MORNING NEWS
TREASURER: DOUG MILLS, NEW YORK TIMES
OLIVIER KNOX, YAHOO NEWS, AT-LARGE
ZEKE MILLER, TIME, NEW MEDIA SEAT
ALICIA JENNINGS, NBC NEWS, TELEVISION SEAT
JON DECKER, FOX NEWS, RADIO SEAT
JULIE PACE, ASSOCIATED PRESS, WIRE SEAT
View the 2016 SLIDESHOW
© 2016 Mary F. Calvert Photography
For recent White House Correspondents' Association news and messages of interest to our members, please check our
The 2015 slideshow offers nearly 500 photos by J. M. Eddins, Jr.
Read about the 100 YEAR HISTORY OF THE WHCA
LBJ Library, Photo/Cecil Stoughton
Network Partners With White House Correspondents' Association To Produce Video Celebrating Its 100th Anniversary; Participants include President Obama and President Clinton
New York, April 28, 2014 – HISTORY will unite with the White House Correspondents' Association to produce a special video commemorating the centennial celebration of the organization that represents the White House Press Corps. A screening of the video, created and produced by HISTORY, will be among the highlights of the evening during the WHCA's annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, to be held on Saturday, May 3, 7:30 pm. READ MORE
Conan O'Brien, the Emmy award-winning comedian and late night talk show host, headlined the annual White House Correspondents' Association’s annual dinner on April 27, 2013.
2013 AWARD-WINNING JOURNALISTS
LAUNCH THE 2012 SLIDESHOW
WASHINGTON - The White House Correspondents’ Association is pleased to announce that Jimmy Kimmel, host of the ABC late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” will headline the WHCA's 98th annual dinner on Saturday, April 28, 2012.
"Jimmy's humor is sophisticated and edgy while appealing to a wide audience," said Caren Bohan, a Reuters journalist and president of the White House Correspondents' Association. "We are thrilled that Jimmy has accepted our invitation to be the featured comedian at our annual dinner."
White House Correspondents' Association announces ABC'S Jake Tapper, The Washington Post's Scott Wilson and teams at Politico and the Associated Press are winners of its 2012 journalism awards
The White House Correspondents' Associationis pleased to announce the winners of its 2012 journalism awards. Ten journalists have been chosen as the winners of three prestigious awards, along with two honorable mentions. Two of the winning submissions underscore the importance of teamwork in achieving journalistic excellence. The WHCAlooks forward to honoring the talented recipients at our annual scholarship dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 28, 2012. READ MORE
White House Correspondents' Association announces the 2011 AWARDS
Four reporters have been named winners of three of journalism's most prestigious awards, and will be honored at the White House Correspondents' Associationdinner on April 30 at the Washington Hilton. At the annual dinner, the association also gives out more than $100,000 in scholarships for journalism students.
READ ABOUT THE 2011 JOURNALISM AWARD WINNERS.
WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' Association ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF 2011 SCHOLARSHIPS
$103,000 to be awarded as part of White House Correspondents' Association℠Dinner Weekend
Students honored at Annual Scholarship Luncheon on Friday, April 29.
READ ABOUT THE 2011 SCHOLARSHIPS
View approximately 300 images of the 2010 dinner by photographer Paul Morse. Slideshow is available in Flash and non-Flash formats.
2010 WHCA DINNER REPORT
2010 JOURNALISM AWARDS
Watch a FLASH SLIDESHOW with over 200 images of the WHCAreception and dinner.
2009 WHCA DINNER REPORT
TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRESIDENT'S REMARKS
2009 JOURNALISM AWARDS
READ THE WINNING ENTRIES
The 2008 WHCA DINNER took place on April 26 at the Washington Hilton hotel. Visit the 2008 WHCA DINNER PAGE for coverage of the event. C-SPAN televised the event and has posted STREAMING VIDEO OF THE WHCA DINNER on their web site.
WATCH A FLASH SLIDESHOW of the 2008 reception and awards dinner. Flash and a java-enabled web browser are required to view the show.
A SLIDESHOW of the 2007 reception and dinner remains online
A number of videos featuring past dinners dating back to the early '90s, including Presidential remarks, awards and scholarship presentations, interesting historical footage, and political humor are available on C-SPAN.ORG.
Visit the AWARDS PAGE sidebar for quick links to prior coverage of journalism awards, winning entries, and press releases dating back to 2000.