Deets: The White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) is an organization of journalists who cover the White House and the President of the United States. The White House Correspondentsí Association is presenting three major journalism awards at the annual dinner on April 30, 2016 to recognize distinguished reporting. The three contests are open to print and broadcast journalists. The WHCA board has enlisted the Medill School of Journalism and Ellen Shearer, co-director of the Medill News Service here in Washington, D.C., to help coordinate the judging of the three contests.
The Merriman Smith Award ($2,500) recognizes presidential news coverage under deadline pressure, with separate awards for print and broadcast journalists. Broadcast tapes (DVD) also may be submitted with scripts.
The Aldo Beckman ($1,000) recognizes repeated excellence in White House coverage, with a single award for either a print or broadcast journalist. Entries may be in the form of clippings, original material, wire copy printouts, photocopies or broadcast scripts. Online entries must be original Web content. Broadcast tapes (DVD) also may be submitted with scripts.
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. Entries may be in the form of clippings, original material, wire copy printouts, photocopies or online entries. Broadcast tapes (DVD) also may be submitted. Online entries must be original Web content.
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.
Who You May Spot: Host Hasan Minhaj, guests
Hint For The Average Socialite: Only WHCA members and their organizations are eligible to purchase tickets for the annual dinner. Please visit their MEMBERSHIP PAGE to review eligibility requirements. In the pastC-SPAN's coverage included celebrity arrivals, the awards presentations, scholarships, and after dinner speeches.
Read about the 2016 White House Correspondent's Dinner here.