I covered a Patriot Prayer rally and its subsequent counter protest a couple weeks ago, where I was shoved by a right-wing activist and later almost hit by a rock. It was a scary experience—the first violent protest I've covered, and I had a bit of that violence directed at me.
After that video ends, I was shoved backwards about five feet and caught by a random protester.
Jason Wilson, who writes for the Guardian, was also at that June 3 rally. Wilson has been reporting on the growing dangers of being a journalist in the United States—the Committee to Protect Journalists recorded 44 physical assaults against reporters last year, mostly at protests.
In a story for the Guardian published yesterday, Wilson asked me for my perspective on what it felt like trying to report from the front lines of a violent protest. Read that story here.