Members of the foreign press corps gathered at the National Press Building in Washington, DC for the 2011 annual New Year reception hosted by the Washington foreign press center.
Also in attendance were a large number of State and Dept. of Defense press officers who associated and participated generously at the event.
The Executive Editor – East Coast of Trendy Africa Media, Mr. Dami Odetola attended the reception and actively documented the memorable moments. Trendy Africa Media has been an accredited member of the FPC since 2008 and has since reported on various issues in the American society. Trendy Africa Magazine is catalogued at the Library of Congress, USA.
The United States Government began its official support of foreign journalists covering the United States in 1946, when a Foreign Press Liaison Office was established in New York City for the hundreds of journalists arriving to cover the newly founded United Nations. The mission grew as foreign correspondents broadened their U.S. coverage to economics, finance and the arts.
In 1961, the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) renamed the operation the Foreign Press Center (FPC). In 1968 USIA established a center in Washington, D.C., which is now located at the National Press Building. USIA was merged into the Department of State in 1999 and the Foreign Press Centers became part of the Bureau of Public Affairs.
By Dami Odetola and Tosan Aduayi for Trendy Africa