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Monday, 17 July 2017 16:56

How to follow the White House's off-camera media briefings like a pro

Written by  Callum Borchers
White House press secretary Sean Spicer briefed reporters with cameras turned off Monday. The White House has not held an on-camera briefing since June 29. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

In the good old days, political junkies (and people looking for a sneak peek at the next episode of “Saturday Night Live”) could catch White House media briefings on any cable news station almost every weekday afternoon. Alas, off-camera question-and-answer sessions are the new normal.

The Fix is here to help with a five-step guide to following these briefings like a pro.

Step 1: Check the status of the briefing

The White House still holds on-camera briefings every now and then. The last was on June 29.

Reporters such as Politico's Josh Dawsey often tweet the status of the day's briefing when they learn it from the White House. His Twitter stream is a good place to find out whether today is America's lucky, on-camera day.

SPICER is back at the podium today, per White House. But no cameras are allowed. 2 pm.

— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) July 17, 2017

Step 2: Follow the briefing live on Twitter

If the briefing is indeed off-camera, the best way to get a sense of what's happening, in real time, is to read the tweets of journalists in the room.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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