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Championing the First Amendment Rights of the Free Press is a core mission of RTNA. Our Freedom of Information (FOI) Committee regularly advocates for cameras in the courtroom, facilitates efficient pool coverage of news events, and strives to improve relations between law enforcement (and other government agencies) and working broadcast news operations. The FOI Committee also responds to instances when access rights are denied to working broadcast journalists.

In July of 2018, RTNA released a comprehensive look at media relations between members of the Los Angeles Press Corps and the region's two largest law enforcement agencies, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The "State of Media Relations" report was the culmination of a survey sent to more than one hundred-twenty reporters, videographers, editors and news managers. The survey questions were culled from a series of complaints received over the years by the RTNA's Media Access Committee. The survey also allowed for narrative comments, and for the first time RTNA included participants from newspapers and digital media.

RTNA President Chris Little said, "This report was created to get a better sense of how the media feel about interacting with law enforcement, and if deficiencies exist, how can we work together to fix them? We have reviewed the report with LAPD Chief Moore and Sheriff McDonnell and both were very appreciative and receptive of the results. This report was not created to attack an organization or individual, it was simply a way to know how the members of the press feel about working with the LAPD and the LASD."

You can read the report here.

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