Covering the protest line

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Kelly Hinchcliffe of WRAL-Raleigh; Matt Pearce of Los Angeles Times; Katie Townsend of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 16 at 3:00pm
  • Location: Oceans 2
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

This panel will address the ethical, legal and logistical issues of covering protests movements. Journalists who have reported on Ferguson, Black Lives Matter, antifa and white supremacist rallies will share tips for juggling on-the-ground reporting with watchdog coverage. A media lawyer will discuss the current legal climate, safety issues and what to do if you get arrested. You’ll leave with a better understanding of how to cover these important issues and story ideas for digging deeper.

Speaker Bios

  • Kelly Hinchcliffe is a reporter at WRAL in Raleigh, N.C., where she focuses on education reporting using public records and data. She writes a public records column for Poynter and previously worked at The Herald-Sun in Durham, N.C., and The Frederick News-Post in Frederick, Md. @RecordsGeek

  • Matt Pearce is a national reporter for the Los Angeles Times and a graduate of the University of Missouri. He hails from Kansas City, Mo.

  • Katie Townsend (@katie_rcfp) is the Legal Director at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.  She oversees the litigation, amicus, and other legal work of Reporters Committee attorneys, and represents the Reporters Committee, news organizations, and individual journalists in court access, freedom of information, and other First Amendment and press freedom matters.

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