Political protests and civil unrest are expected across America this summer and fall. The combination of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, ongoing right-wing conspiracies about the validity of U.S. elections, and the prospect of domestic terrorist attacks have produced a climate that forebodes tense confrontations between protesters, counter-protesters, and the police.
Are you familiar with your rights as a journalist to cover political protests and police responses to them? Do you have a plan on what to do if those rights are challenged — or ignored — by police or protesters? What steps are you taking to keep yourself and your equipment safe and secure, physically and legally?
Registration is open for a free National Press Club Journalism Institute virtual safety training at 11:30 a.m. ET on Friday, July 15, on how to cover political protests and civil unrest while limiting your legal exposure and physical safety risks.
Attendees will learn:
- Your rights to photograph and record video in public spaces and what to do if you are confronted and your equipment is seized
- How to recognize the signs of a police kettling action that could lead to being swept up and detained with other protesters
- What safety equipment to bring and how to plan your protest route ahead of time
- Ways to strategize your communication plan with editors, a legal team, and loved ones
- Recent legal developments and court cases for journalists detained and charged for their coverage of the 2020 racial justice protests and implications going forward