Jun 22024

Safely Covering the U.S. Elections

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A practical 2-hour workshop presenting visual journalists with key digital and physical safety tools for covering the U.S. elections and election-related events.

Speakers: Colin Pereira Ela Stapley

Location: Photoville Pavilion

Presented by:

  • The ACOS Alliance
  • The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

Supported by:

  • Leica Camera

This workshop offers visual journalists knowledge of how to better prepare for and cover the U.S. election and election-related events, such as protests and civil unrest. It will build off of basic risk assessments and include:

The focus of the workshop will be on physical and digital safety, and will draw on CPJ’s election safety resources.  It will include case studies and exercises. Participants should have a basic knowledge of risk assessments and safety preparedness and/or have attended the morning’s Safety 101 for Visual Journalists workshop.

Speaker Bios

  • Colin Pereira

    Colin Pereira

    Colin Pereira serves as CPJ’s chief strategist on journalist safety. For more than 15 years, he has worked to shape the risk management model for journalists operating under threat. He is a Director at HP Risk Management, a consultancy assisting companies and media organizations operating in fragile environments. Previously he was head of security for ITN and Deputy Head of BBC High Risk Team. Pereira has advised teams of journalists covering wars, natural disasters, terrorism and riots globally, and has worked on high-risk investigations. Colin Pereira was also a journalist for BBC Newsnight and BBC Current Affairs.

  • Ela Stapley

    Ela Stapley

    Ela Stapley is CPJ’s digital security advisor working with the Emergencies team as part of HP Risk Management. She supports journalists worldwide with their digital security needs as well as writing all digital security resources produced by the team. A former freelance journalist, Ela has worked in digital safety support for the media for the past nine years. She is the founder and director of Siskin Labs, a consulting company that works with organizations and individuals in high-risk digital security situations. She holds a master’s in international journalism from the University of Cardiff, UK. She is fluent in Spanish.


  • The ACOS Alliance

    The ACOS Alliance

    The ACOS (A Culture of Safety) Alliance is a unique global coalition of 150+ news organizations, journalist associations and press freedom NGOs working together to champion safe and responsible journalism practices, with a focus on freelance and local journalists. ACOS leverages the expertise and resources of its stakeholders to democratize access to safety expertise and training for under-resourced journalists and newsrooms; raises safety standards through the Freelance Journalist Safety Principles; and advances safety best practice, innovation and collaboration among news organizations, NGOs and journalists.

  • The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

    The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

    The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. CPJ provides comprehensive support to journalists and media support staff working around the world through up-to-date safety and security information and rapid response assistance.

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