Thursday night, Independent Journal Review (IJR) hosted Washington media darlings, politicos and newsmakers to toast journalists and the Fourth Estate for its “Golden Age of Journalism” White House Correspondents’ Dinner pre-party.
More than 500 guests converged on the Carnegie Library (801 K Street NW) for the party with notable attendees such as IJR founder Alex Skatell, CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, Snapchat’s Rob Saliterman, ABC News Reporter and Producer John Parkinson, Former President Obama’s body man Reggie Love, Georgetown IPPS’ Mo Elleithee, Politico White House Correspondent Tara Palmeri, and more.
To cap off the evening, each party guest took home a coveted souvenir copy of IJR’s mock WHCD yearbook, “The Labrador,” which was the talk of the town when the inaugural edition debuted last year. The 2017 “Labrador,” produced in partnership with comedian Dave Jorgensen, once again features laugh-out-loud photos and inside jokes about the media’s top White House correspondents, but this year also includes a light-hearted spot-on running Trump gag, as the spoof annual is graffitied throughout with IJR’s take on the president’s distinctive barbs and handwriting.
“I always look forward to this weekend when we take the time to honor our peers for their hard work and dedication to journalism. We’re thrilled with the success of last night’s event and large turnout, and were happy to give everyone a chance to unwind and toast our friends and profession,” said Skatell.