SKDKnickerbocker is guiding PR for the Coalition for Court Transparency, a coalition of journalism, media and open government entities pushing for TV cameras in the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Washington-based group launches this week with an ad buy and PR push urging to Court to allow C-SPAN or other entities to broadcast oral arguments. That includes a petition to Chief Justice John Roberts to "make the court more accessible" by allowing video footage.
The coalition includes the National Association of Broadcasters, National Press Foundation, the Constitutional Accountability Center and Radio Television Digital News Assn. They argue that the court's limited seating – 400 slots – and long wait time for cases with broad public interest, as well as the payment of "line-standers," are among reasons to open up the Court's workings to cameras.
"The American people, regardless of where they live, deserve to see the fullness of Supreme Court arguments in real time," said CAC president Doug Kendall, who noted that the Court limits access to the audio of arguments it releases, as well.
Gabe Roth, an SKDK VP and Rubenstein Associates alum, is handling the coalition for the PR firm.