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Abutaleb: Pushing Past the Glamor to Cover the WHCA Dinner

By Yasmeen Abutaleb
Senior Journalism Major

Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish with Merrill Senior and Reuters Pool Reporter Yasmeen Abutaleb at the White House Correspondent's Association Dinner.

Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish with Senior journalism major and Reuters Pool Reporter Yasmeen Abutaleb at the White House Correspondent’s Association Dinner.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – I didn’t get to go as one of the glamorous guests, but I did get the opportunity to attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night. I went as part of the scrum of reporters, photographers and producers in the White House pool to cover for the Reuters White House reporters, many of whom had actual tickets to the event.

We were seated on the side of the stage that hosted the Obamas, Joel McHale, Steven Thomma — the president of the White House Correspondent’s Association — and the rest of the head table. As much as I enjoyed the event, I couldn’t help but notice how strange it is. The point is to honor those who relentlessly cover the White House all year, yet most people could care less about the reporters. Instead, reporters and other guests alike line up to take pictures with the A-list celebrities who attend.

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Dalglish Joins Media Groups at the White House Talking Media Access to the President

White HouseCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy Dalglish joined a number of media groups at the White House Tuesday, Dec. 17 to advocate for better access to President Obama.

Dalglish, who came to the Merrill College from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, is currently co-chair of the Freedom of Information Committee for the American Society of News Editors. She says the group met with Press Secretary Jay Carney, his deputy Josh Earnest and the White House counsel about difficulties White House photographers have been having in getting access to the President. “For the past several years,” she says, “they have (allegedly) been shut out of ‘private meetings’ and other events involving the President, only to find out that the White House photographer has posted a photo on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Flickr.”

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