WASHINGTON, D.C. Journalists, politicians, tech titans, and Hollywood celebrities converged for a weekend of events surrounding the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington Friday to Sunday. The so-called “nerd prom” saw a number of events from traditional and digital media, each highlighting a different message.
Many media companies celebrated their staff through decor. The New Yorker’s Friday-night reception printed several political-theme cartoons on cocktail napkins. The next night at Yahoo and ABC’s joint pre-dinner reception at the Washington Hilton, the decor featured framed portraits of familiar on-air talent such as Katie Couric. And CNN’s Political Hangover Brunch on Sunday had clever hand-drawn signs that portrayed hosts Jake Tapper and Wolf Blitzer at work alongside elephant and donkey characters.
Meanwhile, tech brands highlighted their innovation to a crowd of media elites and government officials. Google co-hosted a Friday-night party with The Atlantic in a tent in Constitution Gardens on the National Mall. Called the Art of Inspiration, the event featured messages such as “Create” made from long fluorescent lights, which were also used to create graphics on the bar. Later that evening, Event Farm’s New Media Party drew sponsors such as Microsoft and AOL for an evening of interactive activations.
Other media companies—such as Bloomberg and Vanity Fair with their joint after-party and MSNBC’s massive after-party Saturday—held chic and stylish events meant to reinforce their brands or promote philanthropic efforts.
Here are a selection of some of the most creative and inspiring brunches, receptions, after-parties, and more from the weekend.