From a global pandemic, to a presidential election year, to widespread protests for racial justice, it’s been an incredible year for reporting the news in the U.S. Here are some of CPJ’s latest resources, and ongoing initiatives to help you stay safe, informed, and prepared.
- Read about #SafetyInFocus, CPJ’s Photojournalist safety initiative, and learn more about the challenges and risks facing working photographers.
- Risk Assessment: One of the best ways to maximize your safety is by completing a risk assessment. This form can be used by any journalist, reporting team, or editor planning an assignment. You’ll also find links to other CPJ tools for mitigating physical, digital, and psychosocial risk, and of course how to do so amid COVID-19
- With record numbers of press freedom violations during protests in the U.S. this year, make sure to bookmark our safety advisory on covering U.S. protests over police violence, as well as our new Legal Resource Guide
- CPJ experts have prepared specialized safety advice for reporters covering the U.S. elections
- Stay up to date on the latest advice on staying safe while covering COVID-19
- CPJ also has an Ask an Expert tool for newsrooms and journalists to request individualized information from our team of security experts.
- CPJ launched the U.S. Press Freedom Accountability Project, in collaboration with the News Leaders Association, to provide grants between $2,000 and $5,000 for U.S. newsrooms reporting on threats to journalists in the U.S. during the demonstrations. Applications are open and grants provided on a rolling basis.
- CPJ also works to hold power to account in attacks on journalists. According to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, dozens of attacks on photojournalists took place during recent protests, prompting four major photo agencies, along with CPJ, to write a letter to governors in states where journalists were threatened
- CPJ is also concerned about the high number of attacks on journalists at the hands of law enforcement at protests, and in response , CPJ and partner groups sent letters to President Trump and to state authorities calling for action
Learn more about CPJ, our resource, and how you can help in the fight to defend press freedom by visiting our website, www.cpj.org