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May 16, 2014

The 8 Types of Capitol Hill Reporters

We're pretty sure each type of reporter is represented here. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

We’re pretty sure each type of reporter is represented here. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Want to get a reaction in Washington D.C. media?

Try writing about the 9 different kinds of flacks on Capitol Hill. And then wait to see the defensive responses roll in.

We might have been a bit harsh, but at Roll Call such stories about staffers and the important work they do are a mainstay of what we cover.

But all’s fair in love and journalism, so we decided to point the pen in our direction. While both of us still can’t believe that we get paid to do our jobs, we recognize that the Capitol Hill press corps can be a thorny bunch (and yes, we might be guilty of at least some of the following hack sins).

So, by popular request, nominations from the Twitterverse, and a few suggestions from good-humored congressional flacks, here are the eight types of Capitol Hill reporters. Full story

April 29, 2014

The 9 Kinds of Capitol Hill Flacks

Is there any job out there better than being a Capitol Hill flack? No, this is not a rhetorical question. There’s something about pitching your boss, day-in and day-out, through votes, campaigns, cable TV interviews and the occasional scandal, that allows you to go home with a satisfied grin of a job well done.

But beneath that pile of press releases are flacks with different styles — and degrees of success. As campaign season comes into full swing, Roll Call’s Team Politics and Hill Navigator put together a list of the most common kinds we’ve seen come through our inbox, and HOH heartily endorses. Full story

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