How can I find out the extent to which my state allows cameras in the courtroom?
The Radio-Television News Directors Association & Foundation closely monitors the federal and state rules governing cameras in the courtroom. The foundation posts a state-by-state guide of current law regarding cameras and microphones in courtrooms on its Web site.
Don’t courts unfairly discriminate against television stations when they allow print reporters to use the tools of their trade but deny television reporters that same right?
Broadcasters long have maintained that the tools of their trade cameras and microphones can be used to cover trials with no more disruption than the pens, notebooks, tape recorders and other materials used by print reporters and sketch artists. Most courts, however, have not been persuaded by this argument. In addition, most courts have taken the view that, as long as television reporters are allowed into the courtroom, they have the same access as print reporters.