Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Government, Federal, Coverage of
Media coverage of the federal government entails both news gathering to monitor the actions of government agencies and officials, as well as news about national politics and policy. Both kinds of coverage predate the formal formation of government itself. As just one example, The Federalist , a collection of commentaries arguing for the reorganization of the United States into its present form, appeared in several New York newspapers following the 1787 Constitutional Convention. The federal government's myriad activities continue to provide an indispensable set of topics for U.S. news media. The government's importance to journalism is underscored by the vast assembly of correspondents, editors, and analysts dispatched to or based in Washington, D.C. According to The Washington Post , almost 70 correspondents from 40 news organizations cover the President as part of the White House press corps. This is only one fraction of the Washington press establishment: According to the ...