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