Coalition calls for electronic SCOTUS coverage


With high interest in the release of the Supreme Court’s decision in its review of the Affordable Care Act, a who’s who of journalism, including companies, associations is requesting to use mics and cameras to cover the event.

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is leading the effort. In a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts, the group stated, “There is a strong interest nationwide in the Court’s opinion and any comments by a member of the Court that may accompany its announcement. Such access would allow the public to be informed of the Court’s ruling in a timely manner.”

RCFP’s Lucy A. Dalglish wrote, “I am aware that various members of the Court have expressed concern that live television coverage of its proceedings may negatively affect the character and flow of the back-and-forth discussion between attorneys and justices. But this interest is clearly not implicated when the proceeding at issue involves the summary of an opinion rather than the interaction at oral argument.”

All of the following are part of the effort:
* ABC News
* A. H. Belo Corporation
* Allbritton Communications Company
* ALM Media, LLC
* American Society of News Editors
* The Associated Press
* Association of Alternative Newsweeklies
* Atlantic Media, Inc.
* Bay Area News Group
* Belo Corp.
* Bloomberg News
* Cable News Network, Inc.
* California Newspaper Publishers Association
* CBS Broadcasting Inc.
* Chicago Tribune
* Consumer Reports
* Cox Media Group, Inc.
* The C-SPAN Networks
* Digital Media Law Project
* Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
* The E.W. Scripps Company
* First Amendment Coalition
* Gannett Co., Inc.
* Hearst Corporation
* Los Angeles Times
* The McClatchy Company
* MPA – The Association of Magazine Media
* National Association of Broadcasters
* The National Press Club
* National Press Photographers Association
* NBCUniversal Media, LLC
* New York Daily News
* The New York Times
* Newspaper Association of America
* The Newspaper Guild – CWA
* The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company LLC
* North Jersey Media Group Inc.
* NPR, Inc.
* Online News Association
* Reuters America LLC
* The Seattle Times Company
* Society of Professional Journalists
* Stephens Media LLC
* Time Inc.
* Tribune Company
* USA Today
* The Washington Post