Promoting Journalist Safety

Promoting Journalist Safety

The Foley Foundation has developed journalist safety curricula for both undergraduate and graduate schools in order to better prepare our future journalists for their profession.



The James W. Foley Journalism Safety Modules are intended to help educators at the undergraduate level create a culture that promotes safety for all journalism and communications students. In these 14 modules, students learn about completing risk assessments, responsibilities of newsroom managers, safety of female and minority journalists, covering civil unrest, emotional self-care, care of sources, interviewing hostile sources, understanding journalists’ rights, the importance of diversity in newsrooms, reporting on foreign conflicts, protecting digital data, dealing with online harassment, covering weather-related stories, reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic, specific risks of photojournalists and surviving hostage-taking or wrongful detention*.

Each module is designed to be incorporated into part of a class period, a full class period, or multiple class periods, depending on the needs of the instructor. Instructors may use all of the suggested readings and videos or tailor the offerings to fit their specific course needs. Modules do not have to be followed in any linear pattern; rather, instructors should incorporate modules into existing courses based on how they mesh with the content of their course.

Additionally, JWFLF developed a supplemental resources page for Lebanese universities implementing the James W. Foley Safety Modules into their journalism programs in the Fall 2023. These supplemental resources focus specifically on the MENA Region (Middle East and North Africa).

Downloads

Full Module

Supplemental resources – MENA Region

Arabic translated modules


Downloads

Full guide


The Journalist Safety Curriculum Task Force, composed of media industry security experts, academics teaching journalist safety courses, and mental health experts, advises the Foley Foundation in support of the James W. Foley Journalism Safety Curricula for college and university journalism schools.

The task force ensures that the Foley Foundation’s journalist safety curriculum keeps pace with the changing risks and challenges facing journalists, domestically and abroad. The goal is to prepare aspiring journalists to better understand potential safety concerns to minimize and mitigate risk.


Kathleen Mcelroy

Kathleen Mcelroy


Eric Phillips

Eric Phillips


Nathan Puffer

Nathan Puffer


Jason Reich

Jason Reich


Hannah Storm

Hannah Storm


Organizations

CPJ
ACOS
Poynter
GIJN
EJN
IRE

ONA
CJR
NiemanLab
Johns Hopkins
Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press
RCFP
Reporters Without Borders
RSF
Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication
AEJMC
International Women's Media Foundation
IWMF

Risk Assessment Resources


Northwestern Medill
Diederich College of Communication (Marquette University)
Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma
ACOS Alliance
Committee to Project Journalism
Rory Peck Trust
Reporters Without Borders
International Women's Media Foundation
OPC
Risk Assistance Network + Exchange
Facebook Journalism Project

Questions or Feedback?

Contact Tom Durkin

tom.durkin@jamesfoleyfoundation.org