On May 3rd, in recognition of World Press Freedom Day, the Los Angeles Times premiered the Knight Institute’s “Flashpoint: Protests, Policing, and the Press,” as part of its Short Docs series. 

“Flashpoint” features the stories of several journalists who were assaulted or arrested while reporting at protests. The film explores the conflict and tension on the front lines of protests; the changing role of the press; and the hardening of attitudes among the police towards journalists, especially journalists of color. 

In addition to being part of the Los Angeles Times’ Short Docs series, “Flashpoint” has been selected for screening by the Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston) and the Cleveland International Film Festival. 

Read the Knight Institute report—Covering Democracy: Protests, Police, and the Press, by Joel Simon—that inspired the film, here.