Covering Washington in the age of Trump

President Donald Trump official portrait.

Paul Singer, investigations editor for the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and WGBH, joins a panel of national political journalists on October 16 at Rhode Island College in Providence to grapple with a pressing question: how do reporters cover Washington the age of President Trump?

From the college: “Washington members of the media covering the White House are beset with challenges seldom experienced in any other presidential era. To be sure, this is a digital era marked by vitriol and bombast, as well as a President’s addiction to social media. For news outlets with shrinking news staffs and desperate to find ways to maintain or increase their audience, Trump’s 24-hour news presence may seem like a godsend: His unerring instinct for how to attract attention has been helpful to the bottom line of many of those in the Fourth Estate.

But this is also an era marked by a growing and dangerous disconnect between voters and established news media, a situation fed by the administration’s use of terms like ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts.’ Is this a passing phase brought about by the cult of presidential personality? Or, have we forever lost the trust in those who bring us the news? We bring together some the nation’s most prominent members of the Washington media to give their take from a rare, insider’s perspective.”

Others on the panel include:

  • Jennifer Bendery, senior politics reporter for HuffPost.
  • Josh Israel, senior investigative reporter for ThinkProgress.
  • Ron Nixon, homeland security correspondent for The New York Times.
  • Ashley Parker, White House reporter for The Washington Post and winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for her coverage of Russian Interference.
  • Jill Agostino, moderator, and deputy editor, Special Sections of The New York Times


2 to 4 pm
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Sapinsley Hall, Rhode Island College
600 Mt. Pleasant Ave.
Providence, Rhode Island

Tickets are free, and available here.