Mickey H. Osterreicher/CPJ Guest Blogger

Mickey H. Osterreicher, an attorney with the law firm of Hiscock & Barclay, serves as the general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). He has almost 40 years of experience as a print and broadcast photojournalist and has been involved in right-to-record cases throughout the country. He recently provided training in police-press relations to the Chicago, Tampa, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police departments in preparation for their events and was in Chicago working with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press during the NATO Summit. He will also be in Tampa and Charlotte for those conventions. For a list of resources, links and information on your rights, click here.

A demonstrator is arrested in downtown Chicago during a protest against the NATO Summit in May 2012. (Mickey H. Osterreicher)

What to do if you are detained or arrested at conventions

As a follow-up to my previous “What to know about covering the conventions,” the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) has been working with a number of organizations in order to provide support for journalists covering the U.S. national political conventions in Tampa, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C., this month and next. Some things for those journalists…

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Members of the press get their first look at the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa. Security zones have been established outside to ensure people's safety. (AP/Brian Blanco)

What to know about covering the conventions

If May’s NATO Summit in Chicago is any indication, journalists covering events outside the national political conventions in Tampa, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C., later this summer can expect that everyone–mainstream media, bloggers, citizen journalists, protesters, and bystanders–will have a camera of one kind or another. With the widespread proliferation of cellphone cameras, capable of recording…

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