Congress and Journalism

Congressional journalism has been a part of the news media landscape since the founding of the United States. Likewise, journalists and members of Congress have shared an important, working relationship for well over two centuries. Both perform vital functions for American democracy—Congress as the primary policymaking and representative body for the nation, and the media as informer and watchdog of its activities. However, changes in both institutions—including for the professionals working inside them—as well as larger historical developments in the United States more broadly, have led to media portrayals that are in many respects not flattering to either one.

Although detailed and informative news coverage of Congress can be found in certain outlets, major changes in the media and political environments have led to shrinking coverage ...

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