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President Trump talks to reporters at the White House, March 22, 2019. Photo: Yuko Lanham, The Asahi Shimbun

Members and Membership

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2021 Memberships

Applications are now being accepted for WHCA membership for 2021.

APPLY FOR 2021 MEMBERSHIP HERE.

All 2020 memberships will expire on Jan. 1, and all benefits attached to your membership such as getting our emails will expire soon after that. 

Current members need to apply each year. New applicants should check the criteria for membership. Highlights are listed below. You also may read the bylaws HERE.

2020 Membership Application

You may still apply for membership for the remainder of 2020. Note than you would still have to apply for 2021

APPLY FOR 2020 MEMBERSHIP HERE

If you would like to become a member of the WHCA or renew your membership, please read the bylaws to confirm your eligibility.

Only members are eligible to purchase tickets to the annual dinner.

Membership Criteria

REGULAR MEMBERS: To qualify for regular membership, an applicant must be employed on the editorial staff of a newspaper, periodical, wire service, radio, TV, or other news-gathering organization that regularly reports on the White House. The applicant or the news-gathering organization with which the applicant is affiliated must be credentialed by a Congressional Standing Committee. The applicant’s principal journalistic assignments must involve White House coverage.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: To qualify for associate membership, an applicant must be employed on the editorial staff of a newspaper, periodical, wire service, radio, TV, or other news-gathering organization that reports on the White House. Associate members may not vote or hold elective office in the Association. Regular members who retire from journalistic assignments involving White House coverage may apply to the Executive Board for associate membership.

HONORARY MEMBERS: Honorary membership in the Association may be conferred by the Executive Board upon any person who has distinguished himself or herself in public life, in the field of journalism, or who has rendered outstanding service to the Association.

There shall be excluded from membership: any person engaged in lobbying, public relations, or the prosecution of any claim pending before the Congress or any Government Department; any person employed directly or indirectly by any stock exchange, board of trade, or similar organization or brokerage house or brokers engaged in the buying or selling of any securities or commodities. Any person who engages in any of the above activities subsequent to admission to the Association shall be expelled in the manner provided herein.

Any member who, for any cause, shall cease to be eligible for membership, shall forfeit all rights and interests in the association, and shall be expelled in the manner provided herein.

Read the full by-laws.


Membership Dates

Applications for regular and associate membership will be accepted and processed throughout the year.

However,the following deadlines will apply to allow the membership committee sufficient time for the approval required to buy dinner tickets or vote:

  • Applications must be submitted by February 1 to qualify to buy dinner tickets that year;
  • Applications must be submitted by May 1 to qualify to vote in that year’s election

Membership Policy – Effective Jan. 1, 2020

Membership shall cease immediately if a member changes employer. He or she may reapply for membership, without paying dues a second time.


Practices and Principles of White House Coverage

In 2015, the White House Correspondents’ Association drafted a Practices and Principles document, representing our shared belief about the best path to transparency and openness at the White House, the institution we are privileged to cover for millions of Americans and people the world over. Some of the particular requests are already common practice at the White House. Some of them are not. We urge the White House to embrace them all — in letter and in spirit — to demonstrate its commitment to transparency and respect for an independent press. We urge all serious presidential campaigns to do the same. And we urge you, the members of the White House press corps, to read them again and to commit yourself to making them a reality.