The seating chart for members of the media attending White House briefings is about to change again.
After conducting a review, the White House Correspondents' Association sent out a new chart Friday to members of the White House press corps.
Notably, the front row, which remains unchanged, includes media stalwarts and top networks: NBC, FOX, CBS, Associated Press, ABC, Reuters and CNN. Behind them remain several high-profile newspapers like The Washington Post and The New York Times.
As Politico notes, one of the few changes in the new seating chart as compared with the last one from 2015 is that a few conservative news outlets have been added to the mix, including Newsmax and the British tabloid the Daily Mail. Meanwhile, at least one liberal-leaning outlet, the Daily Beast, has been pushed back a row.
Though President Trump has gone on the attack against organizations like CNN and The New York Times, labeling them "fake news" in response to unflattering stories that often depend on leaks, the White House has allowed the WHCA to choose the seating chart for the past two administrations.
Jeff Mason of Reuters, who is president of the association, explained the method behind the changes in an email.
"The board considered multiple criteria during this decision-making process, including regular briefing attendance and commitment to the White House beat – we did not want scarce real estate going unused," he wrote. "We also looked at news outlets' audiences, both in terms of reach and in terms of preserving (or in some cases adding) diversity in the briefing room. We took stock of the changing landscape of our industry. Weighing these and other factors, we worked through what is always a difficult process affecting news outlets, colleagues and friends."
The changes go into effect on July 10.