Live Web Chats: Reporting at the Conventions

Reporting at the Conventions: Safety, Security and Rights for Reporters and Citizen Journalists Covering the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention

Free Press, the International News Safety Institute and Harvard University’s Digital Media Law Project are hosting two Web events on reporting in conflict areas. The Webinars will have a special emphasis on reporting at the upcoming Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention, both of which are expected to draw large numbers of protesters.


Thurs., Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Thurs., Aug. 23, at 8 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

In the last year, nearly 90 people have been arrested while trying to report on protests in the United States, and many others have faced abuse, harassment and press suppression from local authorities.

Join us to hear concrete tips on how to stay safe while covering these events and learn about local laws and issues that may impact the conventions. These Webinars will feature both personal stories from journalists who have been arrested and expert analysis of past events and legal cases. There will be ample opportunity for participants to ask questions and share their own stories.

Blog Posts

  • Press Harassment at the Political Conventions

    September 7, 2012

    The close of the Democratic National Convention brought to an end two long weeks of political punditry, public protest and an enormous police presence that engulfed both Tampa and Charlotte. However, even with a reported 15,000 journalists on hand at both conventions and a huge and complicated security force filling the streets, there were relatively few cases of press suppression.

  • What to Pack for a Protest

    August 27, 2012

    More than 15,000 journalists have descended on Tampa for the Republican National Convention. Journalists planning to cover political conventions and the associated protests need to be careful about the gear they bring — especially in light of new local laws.

  • Journalist Rights and Safety at the RNC and DNC, Part Two

    August 24, 2012

    On Thursday, Aug. 23, journalists, activists and citizen reporters from around the country came together for our second Webinar on reporting at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. This live online event combined critical information on safety and legal issues with personal stories from journalists who have been arrested and have spent their careers covering civil unrest and protests.

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