AUTHOR'S NOTE: I thank Alexis Simendinger for her suggestions and comments on the article.
Conveying Presidential News: The White House Press Corps Covers the President
Article first published online: 13 OCT 2008
© 2008 Center for the Study of the Presidency
Presidential Studies Quarterly
Volume 38, Issue 4, pages 674–692, December 2008
How to Cite
KUMAR, M. J. (2008), Conveying Presidential News: The White House Press Corps Covers the President. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 38: 674–692. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-5705.2008.02670.x
- Issue published online: 13 OCT 2008
- Article first published online: 13 OCT 2008
On a daily basis, presidential news coverage comes from the work of a relatively small group of Washington reporters assigned to cover the White House. Although often treated interchangeably with the Washington press corps, the reporters at the White House focus solely on that beat. I identify which news organizations form the White House press corps and then focus on the practices of those organizations in assigning reporters to the White House. I also look at what current and recent White House correspondents view as the basic elements of a White House story. Although news organizations have long been committed to full coverage of the White House, the future is less certain for some of them as the growing financial pressures in the news industry have had an impact on their ability to cover the president in the same manner as they have in the past.