The safety and welfare of our employees is our highest priority, especially during these recent months of COVID-19 and protests across the nation. We have had numerous discussions, training sessions, and initiatives on safely reporting in the midst of the pandemic and unrest. During the summer, we held specific training sessions about how to safely report during protests and what to do if you are detained. We encourage all of our frontline newsroom employees to review the training session in advance of the upcoming election. And we constantly reassess and update safety measures on behalf of all of our properties.
This conversation is specific to editors/managers. What we covered:
- Ensuring the buddy system;
- Designating editors to monitor the whereabouts of employees during coverage and equipment best practices;
- Simple and effective systems to monitor/check in;
- How editors can assess threat conditions, especially in fluid/dynamic situations
Other useful resources:
How to Safely Cover Street Protests – tip sheet by Judith Matloff
Covering Street Protests – a compilation of reporter-to-reporter guidance
Leading Resilience – a guide for editors and news managers
Reporters Exposed to Traumatic Events – tips for editors and managers
Handling Traumatic Imagery – a tipsheet for managing graphic content
Dealing with Hate Campaigns – a toolkit for journalists and newsrooms targeted
More training on Self-care:
Mapping tools that reveal inequalities in our communities
This will use Census data and two new network tools: Diversity Dashboard and Pass the Mic, to see where stories land and how to cultivate follow ups with sources.
How a local sports reporter found her TikTok audience
Sports reporter Nur B. Adam uses TikTok to connect with the student athletes she covers. She’s gotten them to participate in videos, including some where they tap into the latest viral trend on the popular app.
Working with the VPC to put great video with your story
A brief look at the importance of video in everyday journalism, how to work with the VPC, how and what to shoot, different platforms esp. IG reels and TikTok.