OPC Offers Members Two Free Workshops on Covering Civil Unrest

Protesters rally outside of the First Police Precinct Station in Minneapolis on June 11. Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images.

The Overseas Press Club is sponsoring two remote workshops for members on best practices for covering civil unrest. The two-hour programs, conducted by Global Journalist Security, will be held on Zoom at noon on June 16 and again on June 23.

Each workshop will be limited to 30 people to allow ample time for questions. There is no charge: The OPC is footing the bill as a service to members during these trying times. As a result, only OPC members in good standing are eligible to participate. (Those whose dues are paid-up for 2019-20 and honorary members such as current award winners and this year’s OPC Foundation scholars).
These live workshops cover best practices with a focus on journalists covering civil unrest and major political events, including upcoming Republican and Democratic National Conventions. The curriculum includes situational awareness, “tactical” breathing, crowd dynamics, police operations, line of sight, safe navigation and teamwork, riot dispersal equipment, personal protective gear, concealment versus cover, and active shooter response.
The Zoom link will be emailed to participants the morning of the event.