Rule would allow live reporting in Iowa courtrooms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A proposed rule change would make clear that members of the news media can use phones and laptops to report live on proceedings in Iowa courtrooms with permission.

The Iowa Supreme Court released a plan Monday to revise rules for expanded media coverage, which has long allowed audio and video recording and photography in courtrooms.

The plan would allow for live electronic reporting, including tweeting and blogging, by members of the news media with advance approval from the presiding judge. The rule would also expand the definition of the news media.

Justice Bruce Zager says the rules are intended to address modern news gathering practices in the courtroom while protecting the right to a fair trial.

The court says it will take public comment on the rules until Jan. 6.

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