By Andria Krewson
Here’s a link roundup of resources available for journalists covering the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
Many come from our successful July 28 seminar, “Ready, Set, Go,” on covering conventions. University of North Carolina student and journalist Melissa Abbey wrote a summary of that seminar, and Society of Professional Journalists National President John Ensslin, who has covered three national conventions, spoke at the seminar and shared his tips on his blog.
Note: The law allows police in North Carolina and Florida to search your digital devices if you are being arrested, according to Andy Sellers of the Digital Media Law Project. Sellers also notes that digital networks in crowds can become overloaded, so do not count on your phone to work. Consider using old-fashioned paper identification and reference materials as a backup.
If you run into trouble and can tweet, a couple of moves might come in handy.
- Please feel free to send a tweet to the Greater Charlotte Society of Professional Journalists’ account at @charlottespj if you run into legal issues. Ensslin notes in his roundup that national SPJ has a legal defense fund.
- Free Press uses the tag #journarrest for cases in which journalists are arrested.
- From the National Press Photographers’ Association, General Counsel Mickey Osterreicher is tweeting from @nppalawyer.
- From the North Carolina ACLU, Chris Brook, legal director, is available for your calls at his office (919-834-3466) or cell phone (919-830-4228).
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police representatives have held several meetings with local media and community members. Deputy Police Chief Harold Medlock met with the Greater Charlotte Chapter of SPJ in June. Here are notes from that meeting.
Social media resources
Many of these came from a Poynter chat led by Mallary Tenore on Aug. 24 with Ethan Klapper, Jeff Sonderman and Charlotte’s own Mary Curtis.
- Phone apps and a map for covering the DNC, including screenshots of apps from the Charlotte Observer and the DNC host committee.
- A Charlotte DNC Twitter guide by Ted Boyd, director of Historic South End, a subsidiary of Charlotte’s Center City Partners. It includes hashtags and local media accounts.
- Tumblr’s elections.
- Five apps for tracking and fact-checking political news.
- How to verify – and when to publish – news accounts posted on social media, from Poynter.
- A replay of the Poynter chat on using social media in election coverage.
- 25 ways to use Facebook, Twitter and Storify to improve political coverage.
- From the Atlantic: “9 Concrete, Specific Things We Actually Know About How Social Media Shape Elections.”