Freelancers at Risk: A Call for Global Standards

February 12, 2015
Columbia Journalism School
2960 Broadway
New York, NY, 10026, United States

Freelance journalism has never been more dangerous. At Columbia Journalism School, join an unprecedented coalition of leading news companies, freelance journalism organizations and press-freedom advocates responding to this crisis by launching global safety principles and practices for international news organizations and the freelancers who work with them.

For those who missed the event, click below for full video coverage:


Steve Adler, President & Editor-in-chief, Reuters
Emma Daly, Former Foreign Correspondent, the New York Times, the Independent
John Daniszewski, Vice President & Senior Managing Editor for International News, Associated Press
Marcus Mabry, President, Overseas Press Club
Rob Mahoney, Deputy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists
Judith Matloff, Freelance Journalist & Adjunct Professor, Columbia Journalism School
David Rohde, Investigative Reporter, Reuters
Charles Sennott, Founder & Executive Director, The Ground Truth Project
Bruce Shapiro, Executive Director, Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma
Vaughan Smith, Chair, Frontline Freelance Register
Nicole Tung, Freelance photographer, Frontline Freelance Register


2LIVES: Steven Joel Sotloff Memorial Foundation

ABC News

Afghan Journalists Safety Committee

Agence France-Presse


American Society of Journalists and Authors

Article 19

Association of European Journalists (Bulgaria)

The Associated Press

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)

Belarusian Association of Journalists



British Broadcasting Corporation

Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma

CBS News

Center for Journalism and Public Ethics (Mexico)


Coalition for Women Journalists

Committee to Protect Journalists

Danish Union of Journalists

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

Ena News Agency

European Federation of Journalists

Foreign Correspondents' Club (Hong Kong)

Foro de Periodismo Argentino

Free Press Unlimited

Frontline Club

Frontline Freelance Register

The Frontliner (Albania)

German Press Agency dpa

Global Journalist Security


Global Radio News

Globo TV

The GroundTruth Project

Guardian News and Media Group

International Center for Journalists

International Federation of Journalists

International News Safety Institute

International Press Institute

International Women's Media Foundation

Iraqi Journalists Rights Defense Association

James W. Foley Legacy Foundation

Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (Iraq)

Journalists in Danger (Kazakhstan)

Kyodo News


McClatchy DC

Medill School of Journalism

Miami Herald

National Press Club

National Press Photographers Association

National Union of Journalists-Philippines

NBC News


NOS News (Netherlands)

Online News Association

Overseas Press Club of America

Overseas Press Club Foundation

Pakistan Press Foundation


Periodistas de a Pie (Mexico)

PBS Frontline

Press Emblem Campaign (Switzerland)

Public Radio International's The World

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues

Reporters Without Borders


Round Earth Media

Rory Peck Trust

Security First (UK)

Society of Professional Journalists

Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)


Trauma Training for Journalists

Union of Journalists in Israel

Union of Journalists of South Sudan

USA Today

Vice News

Video News (Japan)

Women Photojournalists of Washington

Words After War

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)

Zuma Press

News organizations, journalist associations or advocacy groups interested in joining these guidelines should contact David Rohde, [email protected]