Resources for Covering Protests

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press have released several guides for journalists covering protests. Please feel free to take a look. 

 

Police, Protesters and the Press

 

How to Protect Yourself When Covering a Protest

 

Reporters Committee tracks curfew orders in wake of nationwide protests

 

Also, as we’ve seen more targeting of journalists by police across the country, here are suggestions recently pulled by NewsGuild President Jon Schleuss and other local officers and unit leaders.

 

  • For those covering protests, push employers to provide protective equipment — and be wary of overdressing in a way that could make you the target. Bicycle helmets and goggles are helpful in protests, but don’t draw a lot of attention.
  • Be sure to communicate with police and activists and tell them that journalists are just doing their jobs and should not be attacked.
  • Reach out to the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and others to do training and find ways to support each other’s mental health during this pandemic and protests.
  • Provide a safe space, even if on Zoom, to support colleagues, especially our Black colleagues, and start a dialogue.