Media Innovations In White House Reporting
From the invention of the telegraph to live press conferences to presidential tweets, this timeline tracks media advances that have led to increasingly accessible and direct political coverage for the American public.
Since its inception, the press has had an important relationship with the American government. Starting with newspaper reporting, the media has helped citizens engage with congressional representatives, understand how laws impact their rights, and hold executive leadership accountable at home and abroad.
Today, the proliferation of fake news, scandals, hacks and leaks has made reliable, transparent political media coverage even more important. Digital disruption in the business world has impacted the political world too. A new “interconnected estate” has emerged , where the internet empowers people, including the president, to have a voice outside of traditional press coverage.
In many ways, President Trump’s use of social media is a culmination of the evolving use of technology at the White House and highlights the ongoing need for trustworthy coverage of the president’s office for the American people. The progression of media innovations at the White House outlined below reveals a legacy of increasingly direct, real-time political coverage as America advances in the digital age.