Ahead of a contentious election cycle, our “Newsroom Safety Across America” initiative is bringing the IWMF’s groundbreaking journalism safety training to local newsrooms across the United States. Starting in key swing states likely to receive heightened attention in 2024, trainings will include one- or two-day workshops focused on risk assessment, personal security, legal protection, mental health care, and more.

This initiative is part of the IWMF’s multi-year effort to bolster newsrooms’ duty of care to their journalists’ safety. Threats against journalists are proliferating in the U.S.: in 2023, 30 journalists were assaulted in the line of work, and eight were arrested. The country currently ranks 45th on the World Press Freedom Index, down from 32nd just a decade ago.

Newsroom Safety Across America, generously supported by Craig Newmark Philanthropies, will equip newsrooms to prepare for, respond to, and recover from threats against their employees and freelancers. Trainings are currently set to take place in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, with plans to add additional states throughout the year. To express interest in bringing a workshop to your newsroom or news organization, please fill out the interest form below.

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The IWMF is also partnering with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which will provide journalists and newsrooms with legal training and resources, including through its Local Legal Initiative and ProJourn programs.

Thank you to our collaborators!

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To learn how your organization can get involved in this effort, please contact IWMF Director of Programs Juanita Islas at jislas@iwmf.org.