Safety & Security for Journalists

Please note: The inclusion of a resource in this list does not imply endorsement by the NewsGuild of New York. If you have any additions, suggestions, or edits to this list, please email us with the subject line "Journalist's Resource List Update."

CPJ Journalist Emergency Response

"The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes Press Freedom worldwide. We provide legal, medical, and relocation assistance to journalists at risk."

CPJ Journalist Security Guide

"The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes Press Freedom worldwide. This guide details what journalists need to know in a new and changing world. It is aimed at local and international journalists of varied levels of experience. The guide outlines basic preparedness for new journalists taking on their first assignments around the world, offers refresher information for mid-career journalists returning to the field, and provides advice on complex issues such as digital security and threat assessment for journalists of all experience levels."

Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma: A Project of Columbia Journalism School

"[D]edicated to informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy... The Dart Center provides journalists around the world with the resources necessary to meet this challenge, drawing on a global, interdisciplinary network of news professionals, mental health experts, educators and researchers."

Free Press | Before and After the Vote: A Journalism-Resource Database

Free Press has developed a database to help journalists keep communities informed and safe during the volatile weeks ahead. We are entering what is expected to be a period of uprisings, white-supremacist violence and intentional disinformation campaigns designed to undermine public trust in the election and deepen the debilitating crisis stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The database features more than 100 resources that address ways to:

  • Cover white supremacy and white-supremacist violence
  • Report on police, protests, uprisings and demonstrations 
  • Detect and combat misinformation and disinformation
  • Produce coverage that upholds election integrity
  • Protect journalists’ physical safety and secure digital communications

Front Line Defenders

"Front Line Defenders is the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders." Includes grants, training, advocacy, emergency hotline & relocation services.
Twitter: @FrontLineHRD

Frontline Freelance Register

"Frontline Freelance Register (FFR) is run by freelancers, for freelancers. FFR is open to actively working, international freelance foreign and conflict journalists who take physical risks in their work, and sign up to the Code of Conduct. We aim to provide members with representation and a sense of community, vital in this fragmented profession." Includes Resources.

Global Journalist Security

"Global Journalist Security, a consulting & training organization for journalists, human rights defenders & NGOs."

International News Safety Institute

"INSI provides real-time, practical information, training and research to help journalists around the world do their jobs safely."
Twitter: @INSInews

International Women's Media Foundation - Journalist Safety

“Every year, women journalists are killed, assaulted, threatened and defamed – all in pursuit of the truth. The IWMF takes a stand against heavy-handed brutality designed to silence the truth by providing much-needed emergency assistance, research about the problem, awareness raising and preventative security training for women journalists.”

International Women's Media Foundation's Emergency Fund For Journalists In Crisis

“We established the IWMF Emergency Fund in 2013 to provide women journalists with a lifeline of support in times of crisis. Now more than ever, journalists around the world face real dangers as a result of their reporting.”

Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières)

"Reporters Without Borders fights for press freedom all over the world. " Offers resources, training, loan of body armor, helmets, and distress beacons, a 24 hour emergency hotline, and insurance for "freelancers of any nationality, or staff journalists not covered by an employer insurance policy."
Twitter: @RSF_en

RSF’s Safety Guide for Journalists: A handbook for reporters in high-risk environments

From UNESCO & Reporters Without Borders


RISC: Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues

"RISC is dedicated to promoting the safety of freelance journalists in combat zones... RISC trainings are provided free of cost to experienced, published freelance conflict journalists."

Rory Peck Trust

"The Rory Peck Trust is the only organization dedicated to the support, safety and welfare of freelance news gatherers around the world."
Twitter: @rorypecktrust

UNESCO: Safety of Journalists

Safety of Journalists Information from the United Nations.