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Lots of changes are underway under the President Trump administration, and this one’s a doozy since it concerns Donald’s favorite people: the press. As announced during his first Press Briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced that The White House will be adding four ‘Skype seats’ so journalists who are 50+ miles away from the capital and/or don’t have enough funding to get himself/herself out there will be able to join in on the action. The following quote (via The Verge) gives a detailed explanation.
“This will open up the briefing to journalists who live beyond 50 miles of the Washington, DC area and to organizations that don’t currently have a day pass,” Spicer said. “As always, any organization is welcome to apply for a day pass. But we’re excited to open up into the field and fold here a diverse group of journalists from around the country who may not have the convenience or funding to travel to Washington. I think this can benefit us all by giving a platform to voices that are not necessarily based here in the beltway.”
It’s unclear exactly how the technology will be implemented, but they’ll at least be extremely useful for reporters who need to cover a story coming out of a White House briefing and can’t be there in person for whatever reason.
The type of news organizations allowed to take a Skype seat are unclear as well since a majority of news outlets tend to have correspondents near The White House, but we should receive clarity on this in the near future.
The Skype seats will be implemented “beginning this week,” so when the next briefing rolls around, we can expect the extra spots taken up by 50+ mile-away journalists.