Chapter 25 of the Iowa Court Rules on Expanded News Media Coverage Frequently Asked Questions
- I'm a journalist who heard about an arrest last night, and the initial appearance is scheduled for this morning. I want to cover it with video or still photography. Do I need to contact the regional expanded news media coverage coordinator?
- I see that the rules require that news media representatives participating in ENMC wear an ID that states the person’s name and media affiliation in the courtroom and identify themselves as a member of the news media when joining a court proceeding by video conference or teleconference. Will the court provide a photo ID? How do I identify myself on a conference call or video conference?
- I recently learned that a judge schedule an upcoming hearing to be held by videoconference. Am I allowed to record the videoconference?
- The rules allow a maximum of five electronic devices in the courtroom to record video and audio and to capture still photographs (25.4(3)). But the courtrooms in my district are too small to accommodate more than one TV camera. What should we do?
- The ENMC rules allow members of the news media to use electronic devices like cell phones and tablets to text, blog, or Tweet real-time coverage of judicial proceedings, so long as they aren't distracting (25.4(4)(d)). Is there any limit on the number of such devices allowed in the courtroom?
- I write a blog that provides news and commentary on events in my community. Can I apply for ENMC to blog from a trial in my local courthouse?
- My news organization wants to live stream a trial. Can we do that under the rules?
- Do the ENMC rules allow electronic coverage of jury selection and of the jury?
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