WHCA to Add Foreign Press to Pool

The White House Correspondents’ Association plans to include a member of the foreign press in pooled events related to international issues at the White House.

In a message to the WHCA and Foreign Press Advisory Group, WHCA President Ed Chen of Bloomberg News outlined the requirements for participation:

To join, you need to meet the criteria we developed in collaboration with an advisory group of international reporters.

For starters, the arrangement is open only to Washington-based correspondents who regularly cover the White House. Participants should be members of the WHCA and holders of hard passes or be in the process of applying for one.

Participants also are expected to follow all guidelines for pool arrangements as set forth recently by the WHCA. These include the timely writing of pool reports and careful attention to detail.

The new foreign pool will commence sometime after February 28th.