RCFP, NPPA to host legal trainings for journalists covering 2024 political conventions

The virtual training sessions will cover journalists’ newsgathering rights, tips for safely reporting on protests, and more


The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the National Press Photographers Association will lead free legal training sessions for journalists covering the 2024 national political conventions this summer.

The first training will take place virtually on June 27 at 1 p.m. ET and focus on information for journalists covering the Republican National Convention, scheduled for July 15-18 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The second training will take place virtually on July 25 at 1 p.m. ET and is geared toward journalists reporting on the Democratic National Convention, set for Aug. 19-22 in Chicago, Illinois.

During both trainings, attorneys from the Reporters Committee and NPPA will cover topics including:

  • Journalists’ newsgathering rights
  • Tips for safely reporting on protests
  • Ways to avoid arrest and what to do if arrested
  • Local bail procedures
  • Potential security restrictions

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