In a world defined by the 24-hour news cycle, which is constantly augmented and accelerated by social media, journalists risk their lives every day to deliver the words and images we depend on to make sense of what’s happening around us. Yet never before have journalists been more vilified as enemies of the people, or their work so readily dismissed and brushed away as fake news.
Targeting journalists with imprisonment or violence–be it verbal or physical, state-directed or incited–has long been a tool employed by tyrants and despots in hidden corners of the world. But the current use of widespread, open attacks should be cause for our concern. Without journalists to bear witness, humanity’s worst impulses are left unchecked to fester and proliferate.
Featuring: Carolyn Cole, Beth Nakamura, Lucas Jackson
Curated by: Kerry Paterson
ABOUTTHE FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHERS
Beth Nakamura is an Emmy® Award-winning visual journalist based in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been recognized by American Photography, Society of Professional Journalists, National Headliner Awards, Online News Association, Pictures of the Year International, National Black Journalists Association, National Press Photographers Association, and many others.
Lucas Jackson grew up on a remote cattle ranch near Quemado, New Mexico with his parents and three siblings. He received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, then spent several years as a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska before beginning his career in journalism.
As a Reuters senior photographer based in New York, Jackson has a wide range of experience covering news events, ranging from the Academy® Awards to the aftermath of natural disasters, and both nationally and internationally scaled stories. He has covered racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, the impacts of climate change on glaciers in Greenland, coral degradation in the Caribbean, the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and the forever wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
An established photographer with many prestigious awards to her credit, Carolyn Cole currently operates as a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times. Focused on capturing compelling images in new and interesting ways, Carolyn is passionate about the stories she tells through imagery.
Over the years, Ms. Cole has covered many stories both domestic and abroad. Her work in Liberia earned a Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. She has also worked on assignments throughout Iraq, Israel, Haiti, Kenya, and beyond. Featured in publications including COLOR Magazine, TIME, and The Pulitzer Prize Photographs, Carolyn continues to develop and enhance her own unique style.
ABOUT THE PARTNER
The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. We defend the right of journalists to report the news safely and without fear of reprisal. Every year, hundreds of journalists are attacked, imprisoned, or killed.
CPJ is also a founding member of the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, along with two dozen partners, which documents press freedom violations in the U.S. Learn more here.
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