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
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.
Journalists are playing a critical role informing the public about the virus. Understanding it — and the measures governments are putting in place to control reporting of the pandemic — are vital if journalists are going to report safely.
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.
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
It is difficult to fathom how far the novel virus might spread, and what the ultimate consequences will be. With all the uncertainties, journalists around the world are faced with the many challenges of covering the epidemic — including combating misinformation and health risks to reporters in the field — while not fueling panic.
Journalists in Brazil are coming under attack more than ever, both on and offline, says Leandro Demori, executive editor of investigative site The Intercept Brasil. This is happening in a context of increasing political polarization in the country.
While exiled reporters may now be practicing journalism from a place of relative safety, repressive governments can still interfere with their ability to report stories, reach audiences, and make a living. Charlotte Alfred spoke to exiled reporters for GIJN.
Any journalist who has been trolled, harassed, or otherwise attacked online knows how frightening the experience can be, and how isolated one can feel as a result. But newsrooms around the world are increasingly waking up to the fact that their staff need dedicated support to deal with the growing online abuse. Megan Clement rounded up tips from experts for GIJN.
সাইক্লোন বা ঘূর্ণিঝড়ের সময় সবাই যখন নিরাপদ আশ্রয় খোঁজেন, তখন সাংবাদিকরা ছোটেন সেই দুর্যোগ কাভার করার জন্য। এটাই নিয়ম। ঝড়ের খবর সবাইকে পৌঁছে দিতে এই পেশাগত ঝুঁকি তাঁরা সবসময়ই নিয়ে থাকেন। কিন্তু এমন সংবাদ সংগ্রহ করতে যাওয়ার আগে সাংবাদিকদেরও কিছু প্রস্তুতি নেয়া প্রয়োজন, নিজের নিরাপত্তার খাতিরে।
Yemeni journalist Fuad Rajeh, who is based in Jordan, decided to expose threats to freedom of expression in his country by looking into the cases of two activists and two journalists who faced online threats — and, in one case, ended up being killed — for speaking their minds on social media. Here’s how he did it.