GJS On The Record

Recent Press about GJS Training

Riot Training Readies Reporters for Convention Violence, by Steven Nelson, US News & World Report, April 22, 2016

How Journalists Prepare For Conflict Both Abroad And Closer To Home, by Armando Trull, WAMU, May 4, 2016

DIRTY WARS: Paul Burton and Global Journalist Security prepares reporters for political conventions, by Nicholas Schmidle, The New Yorker, May 30, 2016

The Intrepid War Correspondents of Cleveland, by Molly O’Toole, Foreign Policy, June 23, 2016

Voices: Safety training for covering the conventions, by Sherry Ricchiardi, USA Today, July 5, 2016

News Outlets Prepare For Possible Unrest At Political Conventions, by Michael Calderone, The Huffington Post, July 11, 2016

Prepping for a perfect storm, by Nova Safo, AFP, July 14, 2016

Journalists got trained like war correspondents to cover the US conventions, by Maira Murriel, Public Radio International, WGBH, July 18, 2016

EXCLUSIVE – PREPARING FOR ANTI-PRESS HOSTILITY AT THE RNC – UNCENSORED, Correspondent Roy Wood, Jr., The Daily Show, July 19, 2016

Conferences and Workshops

Workshop Leader, GJS’ Frank Smyth, World Press Freedom Day Journalism Security Workshop, The GroundTruth Project, joined by Judith Matloff of Columbia University and Bob Woodruff of ABC News, New York City, May 3, 2016.

Training Leader, GJS’ Paul Burton, Safety Training for JournalistsThe Centre for Media Studies at SSE Riga, Riga, Latvia, February 5 – 6, 2016.

Workshop Leader, GJS’ Frank Smyth, Risk Assessment Security Workshop, The GroundTruth Project Climate Change Reporting Fellows, Paris, France, December 1, 2015.

Panel Speaker, Out of Focus: Journalism and Modern Warfare, Moderated by: Francine Uenuma, Director, Media and Communications, Save the Children, Speakers included Chris Harland, Legal Advisor, Regional Delegation for the United States & Canada, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Frank Smyth, Executive Director, Global Journalist Security & Senior Advisor for Journalist Security, Committee to Protect Journalists, Alex Potter, Photojournalist & RN, American Red Cross, Washington, DC, September 22, 2015.

Moderator, Safety of Journalists panel, GJS’ Frank Smyth with Tarlach McGonagle of the University of Amsterdam law school, Mikhael Zyghar, editor-in-chief of the independent Russian TV channel Dozhd, and Oksana Romaniuk, executive director of the Kiev-based Institute of Mass Information, Journalists’ Safety, Media Freedom and Pluralism in Times of Conflict conference, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Vienna, Austria, June 15, 2015.

Panel Speaker, Finding Security in Unsafe Passages: United Nations Event about Protecting Journalists’ Safety and Rights, Jon Williams, the ABC news managing editor moderated; H.E. Ms Benedicte Frankinet, Belgian Ambassador, gave the keynote speech; French Ambassador H.E. Francois Delattre spoke briefly on France’s role in freedom of the press; PEN America staff Karin Deutsch Karlekar spoke about PEN’s work; Patrice Keats Ph.D. spoke about how journalists deal with trauma and gave practical advice on how to cope; Frank Smyth from Global Journalist security showed a short video about how to protect oneself during live fire; Herb Boyd spoke briefly about protecting sources; Susan E. Davis from the National Writers Union spoke briefly about copyright infringement; Charles Seife from NYU spoke about metadata cybersecurity, National Writers Union, United Nations, New York, May 7, 2015

Panel Speaker, “Journalism Security Workshop,” panelists include Quinn Norton, a journalist, published in Wired, The Atlantic, Maximum PC, and more; Frank Smyth, executive director of Global Journalist Security, a private consulting and training firm, and senior advisor for journalist security at at the nonprofit Committee to Protect Journalists; Nabiha Syed is a media lawyer at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz and a Yale Information Society Project Fellow; Seamus Tuohy, associate technologist for the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation; Chris Walker, who presently working to strengthen digital security training methodologies for activists and to develop an open-source auditing framework that will help small, local human rights organizations identify, understand, prioritize and address their most urgent vulnerabilities; and Carol Waters, Project Manager at Internews, an international NGO that fosters independent media and access to information worldwide, Tow Center, Columbia Journalism School, November 22 – 24, 2013.

Panel Speaker, Journalist Safety panel before U.N. Member States at the U.N. Human Rights Council with U.N. Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay, U.N. Free Expression Special Rapporteur Frank LaRue, UNESCO Deputy Director Getachew Engida, OSCE Free Media Representative Dunja Mijatovic, GJS’ Frank Smyth, Egyptian journalist Abeer Saady, and moderator former Al Jaeera English co-anchor Ghida Fakhry, United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland, June 11, 2014. VIDEO.

Panel Speaker, GJS’ Frank Smyth, “Good Practices on the Safety of Journalists & the Issue of Impunity,” Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), San Jose, Costa Rica, May 3, 2013.

Panel Speaker, GJS’ Frank Smyth, “Covering Global Conflict,” Center for Global Affairs, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, March 4, 2013.

Panel Speaker, GJS’ Frank Smyth, “Digital Security and Press Freedom In Latin America,” Center for International Media Assistance, National Endowment for Democracy with Freedom House’s Mariclaire Acosta, NED Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow Eduardo Bertoni, ICFJ/Freedom House’s Jorge Luis Sierra, ICFJ’s Joyce Barnathan and NED’s Miriam Kornblith, National Endowment for Democracy, Washington, D.C., February 12, 2013. VIDEO

Panel Speaker, GJS’ Frank Smyth, “The Gap Between Security Risks and Security Practices,” at “Protecting Journalism: Anonymous and Secure Communications for Reporters and Sources,” Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut, November 29, 2012.VIDEO

Panel Speaker, “Journalism Under Duress: Risks of Reporting Conflict,” with Danny O’Brien, Committee to Protect Journalists, Online News Association, San Francisco, September 22, 2012.

Panel Speaker, GJS’ Frank Smyth,”Digital Security Tools for Working Journalists,” with CPJ’s Danny O’Brien, First Amendment attorney Geoffrey King, and Al Jazeera English’s Melissa Chan, Society of Professional Journalists–Northern California, San Francisco, September 19, 2012.

Panel Speaker, GJS’ Frank Smyth, “Journalist On-Site and Online,” with CPJ’s Danny O’Brien and The Washington Post‘s Rajiv Chandrasekaran, moderated by Internews’ Kathleen Reen, Internews, Washington, D.C., June 13, 2012.

Speaker, GJS’ Frank Smyth,”Security and Training for Journalists,” 10th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas: Safety and Protection for Journalists, Bloggers and Citizen Journalists, Knight Center for the Americas, Austin, Texas, May 20-22, 2012.

Workshop, GJS’ Frank Smyth,”Journalists’ Personal Safety,” Central American Journalism Forum, San Salvador, El Salvador, May 16-17, 2012.

Speaker, GJS’ Frank Smyth,U.S. State Department video program, “Digital Safety in a Networked World,” moderated by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Dan Baer also interviewing Karen Reilly of the Tor Project, May 3, 2012 (World Press Freedom Day), U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. VIDEO

Speaker, GJS’ Frank Smyth, “Frontline Club News Safety Initiative,” closed talk at Frontline Club, London, United Kingdom, May 8, 2012.

Panel Speaker, GJS’ Frank Smyth, “Journalist Security: On-Site and Online,” Committee to Protect Journalists and Columbia University Journalism School, New York, New York, May 2, 2012.

Moderator, GJS’ Frank Smyth, “Repression of Expression in Mideast,” panelists included Nada Alwadi, a Bahraini journalist; Abderrahim Foukara, Al Jazeera’s Washington bureau chief; Jeff Ghannam, a lawyer, writer and former reporter who has contributed widely to the debate on social media and media development in the Arab region; Clare Morgana Gillis, a US-based freelancer with Mideast experience who was jailed in Libya, Washington, DC, National Press Club, February 12, 2012.

Stories about GJS Training

Journalists got trained like war correspondents to cover the US conventions,” by Maria Murriel, PRI, July 15, 2016.

Prepping for a perfect storm,” by Nova Safo, AFP, July 14, 2016.

Gas masks and flak jackets: Media preparing for a different experience at Cleveland convention,” by Paul Farhi, The Washington Post, July 14, 2016.

News Outlets Prepare For Possible Unrest At Political Conventions,” by Michael Calderone, The Huffington Post, July 11, 2016.

After shootings, conventions ‘ripe for a lot of conflict’ give some protesters pause,” by Tim O’Shei, The Buffalo News, July 10, 2016.

Voices: Safety training for covering the conventions,” by Sherry Ricchiardi, USA Today, July 5, 2016.

The Intrepid War Correspondents of Cleveland,” by Molly O’Toole, Foreign Policy, June 23, 2016.

Dirty Wars: Paul Burton and Global Journalist Security prepares reporters for political conventions,” by Nicholas Schmidle, The New Yorker, May 30, 2016.

How Journalists Prepare For Conflict Both Abroad And Closer To Home,” by Armando Trull, WAMU, May 4, 2016.

Riot Training Readies Reporters for Convention Violence,” by Steven Nelson, US News and World Report, April 22, 2016.

Inside the Peace Hub: Security Training in Uganda,” by Molly McCluskey, BeaconReader.com, April 15, 2014.

Press Citing GJS

“Report: Mexican journalists, activists targeted with spyware,” Associated Press

“Want to Bring Your Kid to the Women’s March? Cool. Just Be Prepared,” Yahoo News

“Cities planning transparency laws for police surveillance tech,” SC Magazine

“New Hampshire School Honors the Memory of Slain Journalist Steven Sotloff,” Fishbowl NY

“NPR offers its reporters ‘Trump Training’ to handle safety threats,” The Washington Post

“Voices: Staying safe in dangerous venues,” USA Today

“Groups urge U.S. State Department to do more on safety,” International Press Institute

“A year after James Foley and Steven Sotloff murders, more awareness of risks,” Committee to Protect Journalists

“Journalists Prevented from Covering PEN Event on Press Freedom,” The New York Observer

“Preparing for combat zones,” Columbia Journalism Review

“A year after James Foley: Safety advice for conflict reporters,” Journalism.co.uk

“Beware of keylogging,” Columbia Journalism Review

“Detecting—and Deflecting—Surveillance,” OZY

“New Global Effort to Protect Journalists Takes Shape,” The Huffington Post

“Class Prepares Journalists for Dangerous Assignments,” Voice of America

“Execution of U.S. journalist reveals the changing business of war coverage,” Reuters

“In danger and “on their own”: The perils of freelance war reporting,” CBS News

“FBI Warns U.S. News Media Of ISIS-Inspired Threat Against Journalists,” BuzzFeed

“U.S. military action against Ebola no guarantee of success, experts say,” McClatchy

As Security Field Matures, the Risks Multiply,” Committee to Protect Journalists

“Arab journalists need training for civil unrest and wars,” Committee to Protect Journalists

“Journalism grad Luhmann embarks on trip of a lifetime,” University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Chinese Hackers Are Getting Dangerously Good at English,” Foreign Policy

“Bossa Nova’s home and Olympics host is risky for press,” Committee to Protect Journalists

“Citizen journalism, cyber censorship and the Arab spring,” Journalism.co.uk