AP, others fight for independent coverage of Obama


DENVER (AP) — Associated Press journalists told a news industry meeting that the AP will keep fighting for independent news coverage of a secretive White House.

AP White House reporter Julie Pace and photographer Charles Dharapak (DAR'-uh-pak) described the challenges facing journalists covering President Barack Obama at a Newspaper Association of America convention in Denver Tuesday.

They told industry executives that the White House bars reporters' access to many events, then releases its own photos via social media — something Dharapak calls "visual press releases."

He says news organizations must push back when offered handouts.

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