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What are student journalists’ rights when covering a protest? Does curfew apply to journalists? What precautions should I take to stay safe?
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It’s been a chaotic, tragic week as the country reacts to the death of George Floyd — another name on a long list of police killings. Journalists are at the heart of the ensuing protests, both documenting them and in many cases being targeted by law enforcement.
Schools remain closed around the United States because of the pandemic, limiting campus-specific demonstrations, but it’s likely that as a student or professional journalist you’ll cover activism or demonstrations.
There are many resources available from experienced journalists and expert organizations. Here’s a collection of readings to address questions you may have been thinking about recently.
Know your rights when covering a protest (Student Press Law Center)
Covering a protest? Know your rights (Poynter)
Does the curfew order where you live exempt the media? (Reporters’ Committee for Freedom of the Press)
Eighteen tips for staying safe while covering protests (Student Press Law Center)
Student journalists were pepper-sprayed by police during an Ohio protest (Poynter)
Violence towards the media is on the rise. Here are tips to stay aware and safe while working on the street. (National Press Photographers Association)
23 guidelines for journalists to safely cover protests (Poynter)
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/reporting-editing/2020/student-journalist-resources-for-covering-protests-safely-and-sensitively/