Inside IJR’s ‘Golden Age of Journalism’ Bash Before the WHCD

The crowd at the Independent Journal Review Golden Age of Journalism WHCD event by Daniel Ardura

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 JournalismWhite House Correspondents’ Dinner pre-party.

Irina Bajic - Joe LaPaille at the Independent Journal Review Golden Age of Journalism WHCD event by Daniel Ardura
Irina Bajic and Joe LaPaille at IJR’s “Golden Age of Journalism” WHCD event. Photo credit: Daniel Ardura
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.
John Parkinson and CNN's Jim Acosta at the Independent Journal Review Golden Age of Journalism WHCD event by Andy DelGiudice
ABC News Reporter and Producer John Parkinson and CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta at IJR’s “Golden Age of Journalism” WHCD event. Photo credit: Andy DelGiudice
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.
Leo Lutz - Haley Byrd - Josh Billinson - Jen Wallace at the Independent Journal Review Golden Age of Journalism WHCD event by Daniel Ardura
Leo Lutz, Haley Byrd, Josh Billinson and Jen Wallace at IJR’s “Golden Age of Journalism” WHCD event. Photo credit: Daniel Ardura
“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.
Tom Forrest and Vinoda Basnayake at the Independent Journal Review Golden Age of Journalism WHCD event by Daniel Ardura
Tom Forrest and Vinoda Basnayake at IJR’s “Golden Age of Journalism” WHCD event. Photo credit: Daniel Ardura

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