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Safety 101 for Visual Journalists

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A practical 2-hour workshop introducing visual journalists to safety as a pillar for professionalism and best practice.

Presenters: Ariel Zambelich Yemile Bucay

Location: International Center of Photography

Presented by:

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

Supported by:

  • Leica Camera
  • The International Center of Photography (ICP)

This practical two hour workshop offers visual journalists an introduction to safety as a pillar of professionalism, while providing the essential tools and knowledge needed to adhere to 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.

At Photoville Festival 2023, The ACOS Alliance and CPJ will also be offering their signature one-on-one Safety Clinics free for freelance photojournalists. We’ll be opening up sign ups next week, so keep an eye open!

Presenter Bios

  • Ariel Zambelich

    Ariel Zambelich

    Ariel Zambelich is a Lead Photo Editor on the National and Washington desks for the Wall Street Journal, where she collaborates to tell stories through photojournalism and design. She previously worked at The Intercept, NPR Visuals, and WIRED, and was a freelance photographer for over a decade. She is on the board of Authority Collective, an organization that amplifies the voices of female-identifying and nonbinary lens-based creators of color through community action, and was formerly an organizer with the Freelance Solidarity Project, a union for freelance media workers.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Photoville


    Founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY, Photoville was built on the principles of addressing cultural equity and inclusion, which we are always striving for, by ensuring that the artists we exhibit are diverse in gender, class, and race.

    In pursuit of its mission, Photoville produces an annual, city-wide open air photography festival in New York City, a wide range of free educational community initiatives, and a nationwide program of public art exhibitions.

    By activating public spaces, amplifying visual storytellers, and creating unique and highly innovative exhibition and programming environments, we join the cause of nurturing a new lens of representation.

    Through creative partnerships with festivals, city agencies, and other nonprofit organizations, Photoville offers visual storytellers, educators, and students financial support, mentorship, and promotional & production resources, on a range of exhibition opportunities.

    For more information about Photoville visit,

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