Washington Capitol Press Corps

Washington Capitol Press Corps

Current statehouse reporter Austin Jenkins and former reporter David Ammons discuss the history of the WA capitol press corps, the duties of a statehouse reporter, and the need for robust reporting in Olympia.

Discussion Questions:

  • What is the Washington State press corps? What role does it play in WA politics and government?
  • Describe the differences between the residential press corps and the visiting press corps.
  • Is it important for a statehouse reporter to follow statewide campaigns and elections? Why or why not?
  • According to Austin Jenkins, what is the role of a statehouse reporter? What day-to-day activities does he describe?
  • According to David Ammons, how has the press corps changed over years? How has changes in technology impacted the job of a statehouse reporter?
  • Do you agree with Jenkins and Ammons that there is a need for a strong reporting at the state capital? Why or why not?


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