“Journalists covering a democratic transition of power in Washington shouldn’t have to run for cover,” said Mark Lodato, dean of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications in a story recounting harrowing attacks on journalists at the riots at the U.S. Capitol last week. “We’ve hit bottom.”
Yet, as our nation confronts challenges on many fronts, dedicated journalists in local communities across the country are once again putting themselves in harm’s way to exercise the right of freedom of the press to cover the news that impacts our communities and to shine a light on our nation’s challenges.
NAB is working to protect and defend broadcasters’ First Amendment rights as journalists and is providing resources on nab.org/journalism to help keep reporters safe as they cover events in the wake of last week’s violence at the Capitol and the unrest that may continue in the days that follow.
This site includes guidance from the Radio Television Digital News Association, Poynter Institute, Society of Professional Journalists and others on how journalists can stay safe while reporting from the field.
NAB encourages media organizations to share this resource with your newsrooms. We are grateful for your service in this difficult time, and proud to represent America’s radio and television broadcasters in the nation’s capital.