Yemile Bucay is a journalism risk expert with experience designing and implementing multi-stakeholder safety and security policies in newsrooms, delivering safety trainings, crafting risk assessments, and providing overwatch to journalists in the field. She takes an intersectional approach, centering the identity of individuals working on a story within the contexts of the outlet and the operational reporting environment. Her goal is to promote a culture of safety in order to have a sustainable, resilient, and free press.
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. Yemile is a journalist by education and background. Her work has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Broadly, Newsweek, Tablet, and Rest of World. She has also taught as an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia.
Yemile received a B.A. in Humanities from Yale University, and a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.