Membership Policy Changes
Effective January 1, 2018, the WHCA has shifted the membership year to match the calendar year. Additionally, The WHCA board has updated the policy for membership applications. The old blackout of applications during the dinner and election season has been changed. Applications for regular and associate membership will be accepted and processed throughout the year.
However,the following deadlines will apply to allow the membership committee sufficient time for the approval required to buy dinner tickets or vote:
- Applications must be submitted by February 15 to qualify to buy dinner tickets that year;
- Applications must be submitted by May 1 to qualify to vote in that year’s election
Practices and Principles of White House Coverage
In 2015, the White House Correspondents’ Association drafted a Practices and Principles document, representing our shared belief about the best path to transparency and openness at the White House, the institution we are privileged to cover for millions of Americans and people the world over. Some of the particular requests are already common practice at the White House. Some of them are not. We urge the White House to embrace them all — in letter and in spirit — to demonstrate its commitment to transparency and respect for an independent press. We urge all serious presidential campaigns to do the same. And we urge you, the members of the White House press corps, to read them again and to commit yourself to making them a reality.
White House Correspondents’ Association Membership Criteria
All applications for membership shall be in writing upon forms to be prescribed by the Executive Board.
REGULAR MEMBERS: To qualify for regular membership, an applicant must be employed on the editorial staff of a newspaper, periodical, wire service, radio, TV, or other news-gathering organization that regularly reports on the White House. The applicant or the news-gathering organization with which the applicant is affiliated must be credentialed by a Congressional Standing Committee. The applicant’s principal journalistic assignments must involve White House coverage.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: To qualify for associate membership, an applicant must be employed on the editorial staff of a newspaper, periodical, wire service, radio, TV, or other news-gathering organization that reports on the White House. Associate members may not vote or hold elective office in the Association. Regular members who retire from journalistic assignments involving White House coverage may apply to the Executive Board for associate membership.
HONORARY MEMBERS: Honorary membership in the Association may be conferred by the Executive Board upon any person who has distinguished himself or herself in public life, in the field of journalism, or who has rendered outstanding service to the Association.
There shall be excluded from membership: any person engaged in lobbying, public relations, or the prosecution of any claim pending before the Congress or any Government Department; any person employed directly or indirectly by any stock exchange, board of trade, or similar organization or brokerage house or brokers engaged in the buying or selling of any securities or commodities. Any person who engages in any of the above activities subsequent to admission to the Association shall be expelled in the manner provided herein.
Any member who, for any cause, shall cease to be eligible for membership, shall forfeit all rights and interests in the association, and shall be expelled in the manner provided herein.
Read the full by-laws.
2019 Membership Application
If you would like to become a member of the WHCA or renew your membership, please read the bylaws to confirm your eligibility.
Only members are eligible to purchase tickets to the annual dinner.