Conservative media struggles with new prominence under Trump

In interviews with nearly a dozen key figures in conservative media, right-leaning reporters and editors spoke about their relative youth and inexperience and the need to professionalize and move on from the sensationalism that initially helped them attract readers.

They see their challenge as one that mirrors what the Republican Party as a whole is experiencing, as it makes the transition from being the opposition party to the party in power.

“I think there is a bit of an existential crisis,” said Lucian Wintrich, a 28 year-old gay conservative provocateur who is moving to Washington to be the White House correspondent for the Gateway Pundit blog.

“We’re having some growing pains as we try to expand our reach and become more mainstream and less sensationalist in our writing and journalism. It’s an interesting transition. You have publications that historically have not had much oversight suddenly needing to reevaluate how they do things.”