July 30th Pop-Up Session
For many journalists, local, state and national press briefings became a reporting challenge with the arrival of the coronavirus. Newsrooms have difficult decisions to make around when and how to send reporters for in-person briefings. Politicians now have the technology to take advantage of virtual press briefings which can limit journalists’ access to them. Meanwhile, newsrooms are weighing the question of whether or not audiences find it valuable to broadcast press briefings. We’ll discuss these issues in this pop-up session. You’ll hear the perspectives of NPR White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe and St. Louis Public Radio statehouse and politics reporter Jaclyn Driscoll and have an opportunity to participate in a virtual Q&A.
NPR's Ayesha Rascoe
Ayesha Rascoe is a White House reporter for NPR. In her current role, she covers breaking news and policy developments from the White House. Rascoe also travels and reports on many of President Trump's foreign trips, including his 2019 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, and his 2018 summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. As a part of the White House team, she's also a regular on the NPR Politics Podcast.
Prior to joining NPR, Rascoe covered the White House for Reuters, chronicling President Barack Obama's final year in office and the beginning days of the Trump administration. Rascoe began her reporting career at Reuters, covering energy and environmental policy news, such as the 2010 BP oil spill and the U.S. response to the Fukushima nuclear crisis in 2011. She also spent a year covering energy legal issues and court cases.
She graduated from Howard University in 2007 with a B.A. in journalism.
Explore the craft of journalism
Join St. Louis Public Radio for Mini Journalism School, a six-week lecture and discussion series on a wide range of journalism topics, to gain a greater understanding of the decisions, ethical considerations, and techniques that go into creating the credible, fact-based news you rely on to stay informed. Professional journalists, educators, and others in the media industry will delve into two topics each night presented in one-hour segments.
Topics include media literacy, investigative journalism, press freedom, ethics, photojournalism, and interviewing techniques.
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