NPPA, in conjunction with Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), is leading a series of free training sessions for journalists covering the 2020 elections. NPPA General Counsel Mickey Osterreicher, along with attorneys from RCFP, will lead the sessions on legal issues to consider while covering the DNC, RNC and protests around the country. They will discuss the right to record, safely reporting on protests, ways to avoid arrest, what to do if arrested, local bail procedures and more. The legal training is generously funded in part by the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation.
NPPA and CPJ will lead a session on physical safety, focusing on general guidance and practical tips to help keep media workers safe when reporting from a protest location. The session, lead by NPPA Safety & Security Committee chair Chris Post, will also offer advice on preventative measures to help reduce exposure to Novel Coronavirus infection (COVID-19).
CPJ will lead a session on digital security, focusing on practical tips to better protect yourself against online harassment and doxxing, as well as guidance on securing your phone and laptop while covering events. The training series will take place via Zoom this week, and makeup sessions will be offered the week of Aug. 3. Interested members of the news media can register for the free training sessions at rcfp.org/2020conventions.