Jun 22024

Safety 101 for Visual Journalists

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A practical two-hour workshop introducing visual journalists to safety as a pillar of professionalism and best practice.

Presenters: Yemile Bucay Sandra M. Stevenson Dr. Lauren Walsh

Location: Photoville Pavilion

Presented by:

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

Supported by:

  • Leica Camera

This practical two-hour workshop offers visual journalists an introduction to safety as a pillar of professionalism, providing them with the essential tools and knowledge needed to adhere to safety best practices. It will cover the basics of:

The workshop will be centered around psychological safety, profile and identity, and will highlight the importance of a holistic approach to safety and security.

It will facilitate an informal exchange where participants can voice doubts, ask questions and share experience. It will also include case studies and exercises.

Presenter Bios

  • Yemile Bucay

    Yemile Bucay

    Yemile Bucay is a journalism risk advisor and safety trainer working to promote a culture of safety in the profession in order to have a sustainable, resilient and free press. She advises PEN America’s Free Expression Programs on safety and security matters and is a resident security advisor to the students and faculty of the Craig Newmark Graduate School for Journalism at CUNY. She was BuzzFeed’s Risk & Security Manager, where she worked with staff and freelance journalists of BuzzFeed News and HuffPost. She was also a Fellow in the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Next Gen Safety Trainers program, a cohort of media security professionals trained for the newly emergent risks faced in media today. Before working in news safety, Yemile was a journalist who reported on immigration, produced a documentary on violence in her native Mexico, led research on online information ecosystems, and taught the business of journalism at Columbia’s Journalism School. Yemile received a B.A. in Humanities from Yale University, and a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

  • Sandra M. Stevenson

    Sandra M. Stevenson

    Sandra M. Stevenson is an award-winning Writer / Visual Editor / Curator in the photography department at The Washington Post. As a deputy director of photography, she manages a team of picture editors who work on International, Climate, and Health + Science. Prior to joining The Post, Sandra was an associate deputy director of photography at CNN, where she managed picture editors who curated the home screen, edited stories and newsletters, as well as special projects. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Editor who oversaw digital photo editors on the news desk, and worked on visual content for Race/Related and the Gender, in addition to exclusive projects such as “Overlooked” and “This Is 18.”

  • Dr. Lauren Walsh

    Dr. Lauren Walsh

    Dr. Lauren Walsh is a professor at New York University and the founder and director of the NYU Gallatin Photojournalism Intensive. She is also the director of Lost Rolls America, a national archive of photography and memory. Walsh is the author of multiple books, including Conversations on Conflict Photography and Through the Lens: The Pandemic and Black Lives Matter, as well as publications on topics ranging from photojournalism and moral injury to documentation of war crimes to censorship. In addition to her appearances on CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera, Walsh has appeared as an expert on photography in radio programs, podcasts, and films; and she lectures and leads workshops around the world, with an emphasis on photography ethics, visual literacy, and/or journalism safety and emotional wellbeing. Walsh specializes in conflict/crisis photography and peace journalism.


  • 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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