Food and refreshment will be provided!

Visual Journalists and reporters will gather for a discussion of photographer’s rights and for an opportunity to network at a Brews and News meeting on Thursday, March 1 beginning at 6 p.m., at J&R Music and Computer World’s The Café at 1 Park Row. We are will have food and refreshments sponsored and organized by the National Press Photographers Association.

PLEASE RSVP our Facebook site so we have an idea how many to expect.

This event is also supported by the New York Press Photographers Association and representatives are expected to attend.

Afterwards, we will gather for a few brews at the Beekman Pub at 15 Beekman Street in Manhattan.

J&R will also show off choice products and offer special discounts to those who attend this special event.

We will also discuss the upcoming NPPA Northern Short Course that all photographers can attend or decide to attend any time before it begins on March 8.

The meeting follows a letter sent by a coalition of organizations demanding answers and changes in procedures by the NYPD and its office of Public Information, which have been derided for failure to respect press freedoms.

We will have experienced NPPA representatives and photographic leaders who will lead discussions on recent incidents involving police and other authorities who have interfered with or impeded visual journalists from doing their jobs. Robert Roth, a photojournalist and practicing attorney, will be able to discuss the legal issues surrounding some of these incidents.

We will discuss incidents from the recent Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, in addition to other acts of deliberate interference by authorities at news incidents. This is your chance to sound off on the issues before a major address occurs at this year’s Northern Short Course in Virginia in March led by NPPA Chief Counsel Mickey Osterreicher and Advocacy Chair Alicia Calzada-Wagner who is now practicing copyright law.

Discussions will allow us to bring together complaints by visual journalists and assemble them for the NPPA legal counsel for possible actions in the future. We encourage photographers to bring written information and reports, using complaint forms created by the NYPPA, available at . These forms were put together to help create patterns of press interference.

If you have photos of visual journalists being interfered with, obstructed, assault or arrested, please send low res images to We will show these photos at the meeting in a slide show presentation.