Freelancing: Safety and Security


Freelancers are often on their own when it comes to security, both physical and digital, but there are many helpful resources. Help on many topics is available in the resources listed below, and even more are included in these GIJN resource pages:

Safety and Security

Digital Security

Legal Defense

Emergency Aid for Journalists
Working with Your Employer
A first safety step for freelancers should be to see what your publisher will do. For risky assignments insurance may be advisable. Ask whether you are covered under the publisher’s plan. If you are covered, that’s great, but there are some important nuances to check on.

GIJN Webinar — Staying Safe: How to Report a Pandemic

In a global crisis like this, journalists play a critical role: they inform the public and they monitor and report abuses of power by officials. But how can they do this when they’re dealing with psychological stress and threats to their own health and safety? In this webinar “Staying Safe: How to Report a Pandemic,” two experts will focus on how to best manage the multiple threats faced by journalists when reporting on COVID-19.

GIJN Webinar Resources: Resilience & Reporting—Staying Healthy & Sane

Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma: Covering Coronavirus: Resources for Journalists

Committee to Protect Journalists: Covering the Coronavirus Safely

For more tips and tools on reporting the coronavirus pandemic, check out GIJN’s Resource Center.First Draft News: Journalism and Vicarious Trauma

GIJN: How Journalists Can Deal with Trauma While Reporting on COVID-19

IJNET: Mental Health Tips and Resources for Journalists

INN: Tips for Managing Coronavirus Reporting Risks

National Association of Science Writers: Discussion group for support, questions and resources for reporters covering COVID-19. Society of Environmental Journalists: Coronavirus Reminds Journalists To Prepare for Public Health Emergencies
Resources Mentioned During the Webinar
Bellingcat: Open Source Investigative Reporting

Facebook Group: Journalism and Trauma

GIJN: Email Group for Women Investigative Journalists

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Open Contracting Partnership

Rory Peck Trust

Vanity Fair: “Colombia’s Amazing Race to Build a $1,000 Ventilator”

Thompson Foundation online course: Handling Content in a Pandemic: Safety