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WHCA Elects New Officers

The White House Correspondents’ Association has elected the newest members to their board. Politico’s Mike Allen writes that the newly elected president for the year 2014-2015 will be Christi Parsons from Tribune. Also elected were Ari Shapiro from NPR and Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev. Talev announced on Facebook last night, “Thrilled, along with Christi Parsons and Ari Shapiro, to be joining the board of the White House Correspondents’ Association. Thank you to everyone for your suggestions and your support.”

Parsons told FBDC that what matters most is a job well done and not the infamous White House Correspondents’ Dinner that took a controversial turn for the worse this year.

“It was a good campaign. It’s a sign of health in the organization that all of the seats were contested, and that 210 journalists ended up casting votes,” she wrote in an email. “One thing that was clear in my conversations with people — I talked to most of the active members — was how committed the White House correspondents are to sound journalistic ideals and to vigorous coverage of the beat. The dinner is important, and it’s fun to talk about. But what matters most is our responsibility to do this job well, to constantly push for more information, and people take that very seriously. That’s what the association is all about.”

Asked for her reaction on her win, Talev remarked, “It’s an honor to be chosen by our peers to represent the White House press corps, and I’m excited, with Christi and Ari, to join our colleagues already serving on the board. While our membership draws from competing and diverse news organizations and technology and social media are rapidly changing how we all do our jobs, as a press corps we are united by universal interests — especially the imperative for timely access to the President, other White House decisionmakers and public information.”

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