An administration that has repeatedly promised transparency has frequently barred the press from events involving President Barack Obama.
The Associated Press is seeking to broaden independent news coverage of the White House under an administration that is hypersensitive about its image.
AP White House correspondent Julie Pace and chief White House photographer Charles Dharapak (DAR'-uh-pak) described the AP's efforts Tuesday at the Newspaper Association of America's mediaXchange 2014 convention in Denver.
Those efforts include ongoing negotiations for greater access by photographers to events the White House deems private.
The Obama White House routinely bars news media from meetings with foreign leaders and other events, then releases its own photos of those events — including a February meeting between Obama and the Dalai Lama. In doing so, it's acknowledging that events barred to journalists are of public interest, the AP reporters said.
Dharapak called such handouts "visual press releases" that leave out details news reporters usually seek.
The AP photographer said, “once we lose access we’ll never get it back.”