Journalists Are Getting Trained Like War Correspondents To Cover The US Conventions

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Given the types of firearms that are common on US streets and in the hands of law enforcement, Smyth recommends all journalists at the conventions consider wearing military-grade body armor.

At 7:30 in the morning, reporters gather around a dark van parked in Dupont Circle, some holding to-go coffee cups and wearing the calm expression of a person who doesn't know what they're in for. Shane Bell, a former elite commando of the Australian Armed Forces, is driving the group of about 10 from Washington, DC…