Media contact: (NPPA) Mickey H. Osterreicher [email protected]
NPPA to instruct police and journalists about right to record with $200,000 in new funding
The NPPA will instruct police, first responders and journalists across the country about the right to record police and other officials carrying out their public duties, with a three-year, $150,000 investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and a one-year matching grant of $50,000 from the Press Freedom Defense Fund, a program of First Look Media. The grants will fund the continuation of NPPA’s programs to protect the visual rights of journalists and will benefit the entire journalism community.
“At this moment in history it is crucial that the press be allowed to perform its obligation to better inform the public,” said NPPA President Katie Schoolov. “We are incredibly grateful to the Knight Foundation and PFDF for their generosity, which will allow us to do that by continuing and expanding our training programs as the Voice of Visual Journalists.”
“The laws that protect the rights of journalists and other citizens to record public police work are clear, but they aren’t universally known,” said Paul Cheung, Knight Foundation director of journalism. “The NPPA training will help visual journalists do their jobs safely and without interference, while protecting the public’s right to know.”
The grants will be awarded to NPPA through its 501(c)(3) sister organization the National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF) beginning April of 2021 running through 2024. The annual grant will allow NPPA General Counsel Mickey Osterreicher to provide crucial education and training about photographers’ rights to law enforcement agencies and journalists across the country. This commitment will build on NPPA’s ongoing work most recently supported by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. The goal of the training is to reduce police interference and arrests of journalists and improving awareness of roles each plays in our democracy.
“Such generous support will ensure the continuation of NPPA’s critical work that raises awareness of First Amendment rights, so that journalists can continue to provide essential information to their communities, enabling informed choices in support of our democracy,” said NPPA general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher.
National Press Photographers Association is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of visual journalism in its creation, editing and distribution. NPPA’s members include video and still photographers, editors, students and representatives of businesses that serve the visual journalism community. Since its founding in 1946, NPPA has been the Voice of Visual Journalists, vigorously promoting the constitutional rights of journalists as well as freedom of the press in all its forms, especially as it relates to visual journalism.
About John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. It invests in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Its goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which it believes are essential for a healthy democracy.
About Press Freedom Defense Fund
First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund provides essential legal support for journalists, news organizations, and whistleblowers. The Fund also provides legal resources for operational needs of reporters and news organizations through a pro bono law firm and provides training and education programs to an array of media law professionals, nonprofit organizations, and professional gatherings.