Last week, White House press secretary, Sean Spicer made history by inviting journalists to White House press briefing via Skype. At Wednesday’s briefing, the new technology was rolled out for the first time.
The privilege of joining a White House press briefing was previously reserved for accredited news organizations with staff in Washington, DC. But with the “Skype seat” program reporters can join from all over the world.
The honor of the first “Skype” question went to WPRI’s Kimberly Kalunian. The first question asked is one for the history books. She asked, “can you hear me ok?” After she received confirmation of being heard, she went on to ask a serious follow-up question about sanctuary cities.
For now, the primary criteria for joining via Skype is that the news organization is not based within 50 miles of Washington, DC.
Spicer has indicated the White House will provide a more detailed and robust list of criteria soon.
Bringing in this new technology empowers news media startups and local news channels across the political spectrum. In previous years this level of transparency was unthinkable.
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