Women journalists face harassment online and off every day. The IWMF’s Attacks and Harassment: The Impact on Female Journalists and Their Work found that 70% of women journalists have experienced some form of harassment, threat or attack, and a third of women journalists have considered leaving the profession due to online attacks.

While the journalism industry has recognized the dangers of physical attacks, the same sense of urgency is needed to address online attacks. To bolster women journalists’ digital security and help the news media at large better support their employees’ online safety, the IWMF is convening individuals and organizations to address these issues.

Through funding from Luminate, the Knight Foundation, and the Craig Newmark Philanthropies, an advisory board of digital security experts is developing these resources, including online training modules, one-on-one support at industry events and emergency funding. A focus group of journalists dedicated to improving their digital security skills is also guiding these efforts, using and providing feedback on resources throughout their development.

Among these resources is “Know Your Trolls,” a course developed with digital security experts, journalists, and online education experts to help journalists identify the abuse they are receiving online and who may be behind it (available in English here, Spanish here, and French here).

The IWMF is also forming a broad Coalition of stakeholders addressing online abuse, which will enable better coordination and cross-promotion of resources offered by organizations addressing online attacks. Learn more about the Coalition and get involved here.

Need support? Email us at digitalsafety@iwmf.org.

Facing online attacks? Get help now.
  • Dealing with trolls? Take our new online course, Know Your Trolls, to better understand common types of trolls and their tactics, and how to fight back. It’s available in EnglishSpanish and French (additional versions to come).
  • If you are a journalist experiencing online attacks, the IWMF will connect you to an expert for one-on-one digital safety consultations. Request a consultation here.
  • Does your newsroom need help tackling online attacks? The IWMF and our partners offer free customized training workshops for U.S. newsrooms (for journalists of any gender). Email us for details at digitalsafety@iwmf.org.

Join the IWMF’s coalition to fight online harassment.

The IWMF is creating a broad Coalition of stakeholders addressing online abuse. Building on the work of our Advisory Board, the Coalition will enable better coordination and cross-promotion of resources offered by organizations addressing online attacks. Our intention is to build solidarity by amplifying our collective voice to address online harassment, specifically as it impacts women journalists. Through the Coalition, we aim to strengthen the ecosystem of support addressing online abuse.

Interested in becoming a member of the Coalition? Email us for details at digitalsafety@iwmf.org.


Facing physical threats reporting?

The IWMF’s U.S. Journalism Emergency Fund provides direct, emergency aid to U.S.-based journalists who are reporting on political unrest or have been targeted (by authorities or civilians) for their reporting on protests, rallies, etc. This includes support for mental healthcare, medical aid, protective gear, legal fees, and more. Apply for Emergency Fund support here.

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