Your mental wellbeing is going to be important when you are faced with reporting a tense, politically charged story for an extended time duration. Prepare yourself for the long haul and a situation whose great intensity is unlikely to subside anytime soon.
Resources for Press Freedom, Self-Care & Peer Support
You are reporting on an important story with wide ranging personal and national impacts. It is important you understand and prepare for what are likely to be testing circumstances. Do not underestimate these multi-faceted challenges.
Following the attack on the U.S. Capitol, more than 25,000 National Guard were deployed ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20th. In anticipation of hostility or unrest, the Dart Center has compiled a host of resources that can help journalists and newsrooms as they take steps to prepare for what could be a volatile day, or period.
Covering civil unrest can be frightening and dangerous. A crowd may turn violent with little warning and police can target journalists or mistake them for rabble rousers. It’s particularly challenging to maintain social distancing during a riot, so take extra precautions to stay on the edge for quick exit. Bring extra masks, gloves and sanitizer for gear.
New security information sharing, training, insurance and communications initiatives also launched.
Steve Coll leads a panel featuring David Rohde, Rukmini Callimachi, Phil Balboni, Nicole Tung and Joel Simon on the current risks, rewards, and inner workings of conflict reporting in the aftermath of the tragic murders of reporters James Foley and Steven Sotloff.
In his native Pakistan, investigative journalist Umar Cheema has endured kidnapping, torture, and intense criticism. Following his support of colleague Hamid Mir, who was nearly assassinated in April, Cheema reports that surveillance and harassment of him and his colleagues have markedly increased. This article was originally published by the Global Investigative Journalism Network.
Amnesty International has launched a new, open-source app to help those facing attack, kidnapping or torture.
Pakistan is consistently rated one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. A 2011 Dart Centre Asia Pacific Fellow and the director of Pakistan's first media and development sector watchdog organization, Freedom Network, weighs in on the state of the Pakistani media and a new program to address the problems.