IJNet Releases Journalism Safety Toolkit

The International Journalists' Network has released a new journalism safety toolkit featuring tips and resources from the Dart Center and our colleagues at the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Rory Peck Trust and the International Center for Journalists.

The toolkit offers tips on digital security, including a step by step guide to encrypting emails;
resources on physical safety, such as advice for female journalists facing harassment on the job; and information for journalists reporting in hostile environments, like these tips for journalists covering ISIS in Syria. In addition to Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian and Chinese translations, the toolkit includes a list of resources from other organizations whose missions focus on journalist safety, and a video interview with journalist and media trainer Sherry Ricchiardi on how to protect yourself in the field:

In October, the Dart Center is offering an intensive four-day crisis reporting course at Columbia Journalism School to help repare journalists to work safely and effectively in hostile situations.

Specialists will provide instruction in the following areas:

  • Risk assessment: making the right decisions before and during an assignment, setting limits, sound practices amid riots, snipers, mines, shooting, roadblocks, infiltrators and general mayhem.
  • Digital Security: safeguarding sensitive computer data and communicating with others in a secure manner. Codes, encryption and cloud computing skills are taught.
  • Emergency first aid: tourniquets, triage, fractures and bullet wounds.
  • Trauma: emotional self-care while covering troubling stories.
  • Rape/assault prevention, setting boundaries, delaying tactics, basic self-defense, healing.

Click here for more information on the course and to apply now.